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Scientists have created new variety of low-allergenic soybean

A decade-long effort by University of Arizona scientists Monica Schmidt and Eliot Herman and University of Illinois scientist Theodore Hymowitz has yielded a new soybean with significantly reduced levels of three key proteins responsible for both its allergenic and anti-nutritional effects. The work is described in a paper published online in the journal Plant Breeding.

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Farmers evaluating new cotton seed technology

The Deltapine New Product Evaluator (NPE) program kicks off its eighth season with nearly 200 farmers planting and evaluating pre-commercial Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton variety candidates for the Deltapine Class of 2016.

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Ancient wheat variety begins comeback in northern Michigan

Recently, Grand Traverse Culinary Oils, a Traverse City, Mich., based purveyor of Michigan grown and processed culinary oils and grains, announced it would plant, harvest and process certified organic emmer wheat during the 2015 growing season. Such an announcement led me to investigate and share information about this ancient wheat variety.

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Cold weather spring planting delays typical in Ohio

Although cold weather and cool soil temperatures have made many Ohio corn fields unsuitable yet for spring planting, growers who haven’t begun planting shouldn’t worry because there’s still time to plant and expect good yields, said an agronomist with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

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Companies receive approval for stress-tolerant soybeans in Argentina

Bioceres S.A. and Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. announced that their soybean joint venture, Verdeca, has received the first regulatory approval of its HB4 stress tolerance trait in soybeans in Argentina. This is the world’s first regulatory approval of an abiotic stress tolerance trait in soybeans.

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Delays in soybean trait approval costs growers, consumers $19 billion

A new white paper shows that a three-year postponement in global approval of biotech-enhanced soybean traits any time in the next 10 years would cost farmers and consumers a total of nearly $19 billion, compared with typical approval timelines.

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