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UK GM wheat trial highlights costs of violent activism

A five-year long field trial to test a genetically modified variety of wheat found that the crop did not repel pests as it was designed to. The news media, both in the UK and U.S., widely covered the story. Why was this unusual? It’s not often that a hypothesis that is not confirmed by experiments is published, let alone that it would receive so much attention.


AgReliant Genetics acquires Golden Acres Genetics

AgReliant Genetics announced that it is acquiring the corn and sorghum seed business of Waco, Texas-based company Golden Acres Genetics. This acquisition complements the continued western expansion of AgReliant Genetics, the third largest corn seed company in North America.


PotashCorp confident K+S’ concerns can be addressed

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (PotashCorp) acknowledged the statement issued last week by K+S Aktiengesellschaft (K+S). PotashCorp believes the proposed transaction would combine two best-in-class companies with minimal overlap to create a global producer in the nutrient industry for the long-term benefit of investors, customers, employees and the communities where both companies operate.


First magnesium chloride-based fertilizer approved for organic farming

North America's farmers have a new option that will strengthen their crops and help meet the demand for organic produce by today's consumer. Innovative Surface Solutions announced the availability of AgMag, the first magnesium chloride-based fertilizer approved for organic farming in North America.


Grain markets trade mixed Monday

The grain markets traded mixed Monday as the slightly improved weather outlook and nervousness on Greece seemed to largely keep a lid on futures. Weekly export inspections for corn were 839,824 tonnes, according to the USDA, compared to 1.041 million tonnes last week. The 6 to 10 weather outlook is calling for below average rainfall and above average temps for much of the Midwest, though parts of Indiana and Ohio appear to have more rain in their forecast. Corn crop ratings, due out this afternoon, are expected to be 1-2% lower the 68% rating last week.


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