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Corn slips to fresh 2015 lows Monday at midday

Corn slipped to fresh 2015 lows Monday morning. Weather forecasts point to a sustained Midwest dry spell into early May, which could allow spring corn plantings to vault ahead, thereby potentially improving autumn yield prospects. Concerns about the bird flu outbreak and its impact upon feed grain demand also encouraged early-week selling, with the net effect being a corn futures drop to fresh 2015 lows. May corn futures slid 2.5 cents to $3.62/bushel late Monday morning, while December lost 4.0 to $3.8425.

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New approaches to weed management: Public-private partnerships

Large scale management of weed populations is vital to decreasing propagule pressure and reducing weed seedbanks. Unfortunately, demands for improved management techniques will escalate in many areas as herbicide resistance (HR) expands.

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Use improv to improve your business skills

Susie and Ron had been working together for eleven years and had been managers for the last three. Ron was struggling with the challenges of getting his organization to perform at a high level. He had noticed that Susie consistently stayed within budget and not only met—but exceeded—her goals.Ron saw Susie in line at the company cafeteria and asked if he could sit with her at lunch. After some small-talk, Ron shared his struggles with Susie and jokingly asked what her secret was. Susie mentioned that she had been taking improv classes for a few years and not only were they a lot of fun, they helped her overcome her fear of speaking in public and make a bigger impact in meetings.

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