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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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Purdue to host fourth Borlaug Institute on Global Food Security

The fourth annual Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security will be held June 7-20 at Purdue University, challenging graduate students from around the country to pool their research in various areas of study in finding innovative ways to alleviate world hunger.   

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Big change in S.D. because of odd El Niño

El Niño in the Pacific is impacting much of the outlook. "El Niño is developing, which seems very likely to strengthen and persist through the summer," said Dennis Todey, SDSU Extension climate specialist and South Dakota climatologist.

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