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Soybean plantings seen up in 2015 despite falling prices, corn lower

U.S. farmers will plant more soybeans, sorghum and other grains than last spring, and less corn, a more expensive crop to grow, as they face their tightest finances in a decade, analysts said before the government's closely watched plantings report on Tuesday.

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The footprint of Chinese demand for U.S. soybeans

Due in large part to record plantings and yield the U.S. produced 3.969 billion bushels of soybeans in 2014. Of this total, USDA's March 10 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) projects for the U.S. to export 1.79 billion bushels of soybeans during the 2014-2015 marketing year. The primary destination? China.

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Soybeans and nitrogen fertilizer, again

In April 2014, Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinos, wrote on the topic on N fertilizer on soybeans, reporting that research at the University of Illinois has rarely shown a benefit in yield to applying N fertilizer during the middle part of the season. But it seems that some people, perhaps reacting to testimonials of high yields after using N fertilizer in the high-yield conditions of 2014 remain convinced that adding N fertilizer “makes high yields higher.”

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SDSU biologist uncovering path to drought-tolerant soybeans

Hot, dry conditions can wreak havoc on a field of soybeans. According to the National Center for Soybean Technology, “drought is the greatest threat to profitability.” Work underway at South Dakota State University may change that.

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