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Syngenta takeover could mean move away from glyphosate

Monsanto's ongoing efforts to try to take over Swiss agrochemicals firm Syngenta, a rival whose product portfolio offers an array of agricultural chemicals, could spark a sell-off or de-emphasis of a product line that last year brought in roughly $5 billion, or a third of total revenues for Monsanto, according to industry sources.

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Frost injury to soybean

Soybean planting and emergence is well ahead of the 5-year average, leaving the crop more vulnerable to early season frost events. Temperatures dropped into the low 30s and upper 20s (F) this week in the west-central and northwestern parts of the state, likely resulting in some degree of frost injury to emerged soybeans in select areas.

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Soybean response to standing water and saturated soils

How will soybeans respond to standing water and saturated soil conditions? If soybean plants are submerged for less than 48 hours, there is a good chance they will survive. Plants can survive under water longer under cool than warm temperatures. Submerged soybean plants can survive for up to 7 days when temperatures are less than 80 degrees F.

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Anticipating changes in corn and soybean acreage estimates

With a favorable planting and early growing season, attention in the corn and soybean markets is shifting towards acreage considerations. The USDA's survey for the March 31, 2015 Prospective Plantings report revealed producer intentions to plant 89.199 million acres of corn in 2015, 1.398 million fewer acres than planted in 2014. Soybean intentions were reported at 84.635 million acres, 934,000 more than planted last year.

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Pest projections for crop 15

Two pests farmers should be thinking about are black cutworms and bean leaf beetles. The bean leaf beetle is a triple threat to soybeans.

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