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Shading bell peppers may increase yields

University of Georgia horticulturist Juan Carlos Diaz-Perez has found that covering bell peppers with shading nets increases yields, extends the growing season and makes for more attractive fruit.

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Ag markets diverged after Tuesday's USDA reports

Corn futures reacted badly to the USDA reports. The USDA released its Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports at 11:00 AM CDT this morning, which sent corn prices sharply lower. The stocks result easily topped forecasts, thereby depressing old crop prices, while the 2015 acreage figure also far exceeded expectations and depressed new crop values. May corn futures plunged 18.25 cents to $3.7625/bushel in late Tuesday trading, while December dropped 17.5 to $4.0025.

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Regulating root growth

A novel protein, PUB4, that regulates cell division in root tips has been uncovered by genetic research led by the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science.

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