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Seven steps to managing sugarcane aphids

Sugarcane aphid was first seen as a pest of sorghum in Alabama in 2014. It cost sorghum producers a lot of money due to cost of control as well as in yield losses in spite of control. In the past week or so, sugarcane aphid has been found on Johnsongrass in southeastern Arkansas as well as in Johnsongrass and sorghum in Texas.

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Soy complex turns lower Friday afternoon

Fine planting weather depressed corn futures again Friday. One might blame a portion of Friday’s corn weakness on the rebounding U.S. dollar, but resurgent equity indexes seemingly made that less likely. It’s much more probable that forecasts continually pointing to conditions conducive to rapid corn planting and a good emergence during early May undercut the crop markets. July corn futures dropped 3.25 cents to $3.63/bushel at Friday’s close, while December lost 3.25 to $3.8025.

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Ancient wheat variety begins comeback in northern Michigan

Recently, Grand Traverse Culinary Oils, a Traverse City, Mich., based purveyor of Michigan grown and processed culinary oils and grains, announced it would plant, harvest and process certified organic emmer wheat during the 2015 growing season. Such an announcement led me to investigate and share information about this ancient wheat variety.

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S.C. cotton farmers face dilemma after loss of nematicide

A federal decision on the use of a nematicide will leave South Carolina cotton producers scrambling to find a replacement. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week rejected requests from South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas to use Counter 20G, a restricted pesticide labeled for corn crops, to help farmers control nematodes on their cotton crops as well.

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Wheat futures under pressure Friday at midday

Fine planting weather is still depressing corn futures. One might blame a portion of Friday’s early corn weakness on the rebounding U.S. dollar, but resurgent equity indexes seemingly make that less likely. It’s much more probable that forecasts continue pointing to conditions conducive to rapid corn planting and a good emergence during early May. July corn futures dropped 4.75 cents to $3.615/bushel around midsession Friday, while December lost 5.0 to $3.785.

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UC Davis ranked No. 1 in world for ag and veterinary sciences

The University of California, Davis, ranks No. 1 in the world for teaching and research in agriculture and forestry as well as veterinary sciences, according to data released by QS World University Rankings. This is the third consecutive year that UC Davis has been ranked first in agriculture and forestry by QS.

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