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Injunction lifted for planting GE corn in Mexico but still on hold

On Aug.19, 2015 a federal judge from the XII District Court overturned a 2013 measure that prevented biotechnology companies, universities, or public research institutes from planting genetically engineered (GE) corn in Mexico. Later that same day, supporters of the injunction appealed the decision. Now a Federal Magistrate will need to pronounce within the next several days if he is agrees or not with the judge to uphold the decision to overturn the 2013 ruling or agrees with the groups supporting the continuation of the injunction.

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Goss’ wilt marches east in Indiana

Goss’s wilt of corn, caused by the bacterium Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. nebraskensis, has been confirmed in several fields in northeast Indiana in 2015, making these the most eastern confirmations of the disease in the state to date. The disease has also been detected in northwest Indiana this year.

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Dow AgroSciences opens new seed R&D site in Huron, S.D.

Dow AgroSciences celebrated the opening of its new Seeds Research & Development (R&D) Field Station in Huron, S.D. A community open house was held at the new site to showcase the company’s new Field Research Station which includes an office building/seed processing building and a machine storage shed.

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Expect fall storage challenges

Barring adverse growing conditions in late summer, farmers should have moved old-crop corn before basis widened and futures prices declined. As farmers in the northern three-fourths of Iowa look to harvest another large corn crop, old- and new-crop marketing strategies and grain storage decisions come into play.

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A look at the best corn conditions in the country

With so much attention focused on the nation’s corn struggling against Mother Nature, it’s time to focus on the states with the best corn conditions in the country.

According to the USDA, 69 percent of the nation’s corn is in good or better condition, unchanged from last week but 4 percentage points below last year’s progress. Of that, four states in particular – Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota and Tennessee – are reporting high percentages of corn in these conditions:

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