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Speaker and panel say public ag research is a priority

University leaders, researchers, farmers, agriculture organizations, and the public will need to speak with one voice to advocate for increased federal funding of agriculture, Steven Leath told an audience during the AAAS Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture held at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. during June.

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Soybean farmers with conservation success can win

If you work with a soybean farmer who has a top notch conservation plan that he/she is following, then you might encourage them to enter the Conservation Legacy Award.

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Merger of ag companies in Chile

Pace International, LLC (Pace), a global leader in postharvest solutions, technologies and services for the fruit industry, has announced it will merge its Pace International Chile Business with Valent BioSciences Chile, effective August 1st.

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Cover crops needed on prevented planting acres

Excessive rainfall and prolonged ponding conditions this spring have resulted in many fields remaining unplanted to corn or soybeans this season in some areas of the country. These “prevented planting” acres, while unfortunate for this year’s production, should be managed in ways to prevent further soil degradation and to increase soil productivity for next year.

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Grain markets start Wednesday lower

The grain markets were neutral-lower overnight after yesterday’s surge on USDA data. To recap, the report estimated corn acreage to be 88.897 million acres, compared to the average forecast of 89.173 million acres and the intentions estimate of 89.199. June 1 corn stocks were reported to be 4.447 billion bushels, lower than the average estimate of 4.555 billion bushels. Both the acreage and stocks reports were bullish and profit taking likely occurred in afterhours trading. The world continues to watch Greece after they missed their debt payment yesterday.

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Historical prevented planted acres of soybeans

Recent attention has focused on delayed soybean plantings caused by wet weather, leading to the potential for large prevented planted acres. Much of this attention focuses on Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Some of these states have had large prevented acres in past years.

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