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Nature Biotechnology publishes research from Syngenta, Rothamsted Research

A collaborative project between Syngenta and Rothamsted Research has shown that genetically altering the amounts of a naturally occurring sugar can substantially improve the yield of drought affected corn. The research is published in the journal of Nature Biotechnology.

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Advanta Seeds adds new Phoenix corn hybrids

Corn growers in the High Plains and Western states have new options available for the 2016 growing season from Advanta Seeds. The company announces the addition of eight new products, including six new base genetics to the Phoenix corn hybrid lineup.

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Study shows how a kernel got naked and corn became king

Ten thousand years ago, a golden grain got naked, brought people together and grew to become one of the top agricultural commodities on the planet. Now, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have found that just a single letter change in the genetic script of corn's ancestor, teosinte, helped make it all possible.

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Afternoon Comments 12/19

Corn traders seem to be balancing positions before the weekend. Despite firm equity markets and a more stable currency situation, as well as more evidence of Russian government moves to curtail its wheat exports, the crop markets turned decidedly lower Thursday night. Corn futures followed wheat downward, but firmed later in the day when a private forecaster predicted reduced 2015 plantings. March corn futures closed 0.5 cent lower at $4.105/bushel Friday, while July skidded 0.25 to $4.26.

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