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Syngenta holds Acuron corn herbicide trials before registration

In 2014, Acuron corn herbicide from Syngenta, which features four active ingredients, including new bicyclopyrone, and three complementary modes of action, was evaluated at 167 plot locations. These locations included 95 on-farm Syngenta locations, 54 university locations and 18 distributor locations spread across 35 states.

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Storage options help grain growers go to market

Putting grain into storage has always been a common practice, especially after a season of above-average production, like 2014. But it's not just about finding a place to hold increased yield. There are financial reasons for growers to delay selling all their grain immediately after harvest.

"The grain market is better in January," said Craig Abell, a Syngenta business development manager. "If growers aren’t locked into a local elevator, they can shop around for the best price."

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A well-tested new solution

Acuron, the newest Syngenta corn herbicide with four active ingredients, including new bicyclopyrone, and three modes of action, is anticipated to receive EPA registration in time for the 2015 growing season.

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Dow AgroSciences announces launch of Enlist Duo herbicide

Dow AgroSciences announced it will launch its innovative Enlist Duo herbicide for the 2015 crop season. Enlist Duo is part of the Enlist Weed Control System, a herbicide-tolerant trait technology for corn and soybeans. The herbicide will provide new advantages for the management of hard-to-control and resistant weeds. It will be launched in conjunction with a stewarded introduction of Enlist corn, and seed production of Enlist soybeans in 2015.

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Resistant weed control requires persistent effort

Glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth, first confirmed in Louisiana in 2010, continues to spread south in Louisiana, said LSU AgCenter weed scientist Daniel Stephenson. But Louisiana farmers have learned from their peers in other states that early control can be the answer to preventing spread of this persistent weed.

“Palmer amaranth can be controlled, but success takes persistence,” Stephenson said. “The only practice that’s foolproof is zero tolerance. Any plants that aren’t killed by pesticides must be removed and burned.”

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Corn analysis yields whole new world of genetic science

A groundbreaking paper from a team of Florida State University biologists could lead to a better understanding of how plants could adapt to and survive environmental swings such as droughts or floods.

The research, published in the latest issue of the journal The Plant Cell, sheds light on how chromatin (the complex of DNA and proteins) is organized in a cell and how plants regulate genetic material, so that some genes are turned on and others are turned off.

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Drought-tolerant corn taps deeper soil profile

Continued water challenges for corn production on the Texas High Plains has Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists evaluating recent drought-tolerant hybrids from major seed companies.

Dr. Qingwu Xue, AgriLife Research crop stress physiologist in Amarillo, and his assistant research scientist Dr. Baozhen Hao, are wrapping up a two-year study on “Water Use and Grain Yield in Drought-Tolerant Corn in the Texas High Plains.”

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