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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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Stopping Diplodia ear rot from spreading

Diplodia ear rot, caused by the fungus Stenocarpella maydis (formerly known as Diplodia maydis), has been observed in Kentucky corn fields the last couple of weeks. These observations are due to the frequent rainfall that occurred just before and throughout silking. Corn ears are most susceptible to infection by this ear rot fungus from beginning silking to approximately 3 weeks later.

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China to maintain corn stockpiling for another year

China, the world's No.2 consumer of corn, will maintain its controversial policy of stockpiling the grain for another year before it fully frees up domestic prices, industry analysts said.

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