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Cattle futures boosted by spot market strength Monday

Fine planting weather depressed corn futures again Monday. The grain industry expects today’s USDA Crop Progress report to indicate a major surge in corn plantings last week and thinks that will continue through this week as well. Not only does the quick planting rate imply relatively high yields if summer conditions are ‘normal,’ farmers typically plant more corn in such circumstances. Persistent futures losses reflect those ideas. July corn futures settled 1.75 cents lower at $3.6125/bushel Monday, while December lost 2.5 to $3.7775.

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Soybean starter applications show promise

As producers strive to increase soybean yields, research into many high yield strategies have shown promise. One of those strategies is utilizing starter fertilizer applications, according to Nutra-Flo Company.

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Wheat, corn futures dip Monday at midday

Fine planting weather is again depressing corn futures. The industry expects today’s USDA Crop Progress report to indicate a major surge in corn plantings last week and expects that to continue through this week as well. Not only does the quick planting rate imply relatively high yields if summer conditions are ‘normal,’ farmers typically plant more corn in such circumstances. Persistent futures losses reflect those ideas. July corn futures slid 1.75 cents to $3.6125/bushel just before lunchtime Monday, while December lost 2.0 to $3.7825.

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Healthy soils and roots capture water

In celebration of the International Year of Soil 2015 (IYS), the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is coordinating a series of activities throughout to educate the public about the importance of soil.

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Farmers evaluating new cotton seed technology

The Deltapine New Product Evaluator (NPE) program kicks off its eighth season with nearly 200 farmers planting and evaluating pre-commercial Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton variety candidates for the Deltapine Class of 2016.

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Expect water lawsuit to be an example of more to come

Odessa Subarea Irrigators and the Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association (CSRIA) in Washington state have filed a lawsuit against the United States Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) in the Eastern District of Washington U.S. District Court.

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