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Scientists reveal new insight on the molecular structure of plants

Tapping into the IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer at the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI), researchers have been able to model the structure and dynamics of cellulose at the molecular level. The insights could pave the way for more disease resistant varieties of crops and increase the sustainability of the pulp, paper and fibre industry – one of the main users of cellulose.

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Gov. Cuomo takes new actions to streamline farming regulations

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced last week new initiatives to streamline regulatory burdens currently placed on farmers in New York. The first-ever Strategic Interagency Task Force on Lessening Obstacles to Agriculture identified new opportunities for improving the regulations for pesticide registration and certification without compromising current environmental protections.

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Wheat ends Thursday on a mixed note

Traders seemingly thought Wednesday’s grain losses were overdone today. Corn and wheat futures tumbled yesterday in apparent response to forecasts for drier weather next week, with the yellow grain decline putting the market at its lowest levels since last October. Talk of firm spot quotes as farmers work fields and ignore old-crop sales seemed to spark renewed bullishness. July corn futures rallied 4.0 cents to $3.535/bushel at Thursday’s close, while December added 3.25 to $3.70.

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Gift to ISU's research farm expands crop research

Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms will begin new crop row spacing trials thanks to a recent gift from local partners in Northwest Iowa. The Northwest Research Farm near Sutherland has been outfitted with a planter with 20-inch rows from Sorensen Equipment in Harlan.

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Soy complex mixed Thursday morning

Traders seemingly think Wednesday’s grain losses were overdone. Corn and wheat futures tumbled yesterday in apparent response to forecasts for drier weather next week, with the yellow grain drop putting the market at its lowest levels since last October. Talk of firm spot quotes as farmers work fields and ignore old crop sales seemed to spark renewed bullishness. July corn futures rose 3.0 cents to $3.525/bushel late Thursday morning, while December added 2.25 to $3.69.

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Phenotyping wheat breeding lines takes on new look

Jackie Rudd, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research wheat breeder, and Srirama Krishna Reddy, Ph.D., assistant research scientist, both in Amarillo, said their new walk-behind phenotyper is still a work in progress with respect to data analysis and management, but strapping new technology with old technology is certainly making the process quicker and more reliable.

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