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With precision ag, farmers and soils work better, not harder

The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is coordinating a series of activities throughout 2015 International Year of Soil (IYS) to educate the public about the importance of soil. March’s theme is “Soils Support Agriculture.” In one of SSSA’s March Soils Matter blog posts, experts explain what precision agriculture is, and why farmers use it.

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Grain futures firmed despite other ag market losses Tuesday morning

Corn futures recovered Monday night gains. Soybeans seemingly rebounded from short-term moving average support last night, but proved vulnerable to fresh selling this morning. Given indications that the grain markets were following beans, it wasn’t surprising to see them turn mostly lower around midmorning, but corn proved surprisingly firm as lunchtime approached. May corn futures rose 1.0 cent to $3.89/bushel late Tuesday morning, while December crept up 1.25 to $4.145.

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Consortium launched to conserve monarch butterfly habitat in Iowa

Enhancing the monarch butterfly’s habitat in rural and urban Iowa is the goal of a new, broad-based statewide effort. The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, established through the efforts of Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will take a science-based approach to enhancing monarch butterfly reproduction and assist community-led implementation efforts.

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