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Herbicide wind drift likely to increase with new soybean varieties

New soybean varieties resistant to weedkillers 2,4-D and dicamba are expected to be available to Missouri producers next year, pending regulatory review. The new varieties offer more options for soybean producers contending with the growing number of weeds resistant to glyphosate and other herbicides. But there’s a downside.

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Shale boom moves U.S. toward nitrogen independence

Since 2005, US natural gas production has increased almost 50 percent because of shale discoveries and horizontal drilling technology. With this new supply combined with lower production costs, reliance on importing nitrogen into the US is likely to decrease in the years ahead.

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Planting prescription shows in field logo

To ground-truth the accuracy of their planting prescriptions in a way that farmers can easily see, Legend Seeds generated a multi-hybrid planting prescription to create their logo in a cornfield on Trav Bratland’s farm in Willow Lake, S.D.

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As patents expire, farmers plant generic GMOs

It’s been 20 years since Monsanto developed its first genetically modified crops. Now some of its early patents are starting to expire, leading to the first “generic GMOs”—off-patent seeds that cost half as much and which farmers are free to save and replant.

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Ways to cut cost, save water and help the environment by changing one thing

Sanjay Shukla looked out over row upon row of tomato and pepper plants and had an idea: What would happen if he made the compacted soil rows taller and more narrow? Would the plants need less water, fertilizer and fumigation? Would the plants grow as tall? Would the plants produce as many vegetables?

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Vilmorin would consider Syngenta seed assets bid

French seeds group Vilmorin would consider taking over part of Syngenta's seed activities if these were put up for sale as part of the proposed takeover by U.S. rival Monsanto, the company said on Wednesday.

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Blue Top Seed and Lemke Seed partner with Legend Seeds

Legend Seeds has recently partnered with two independent seed companies: Carhart’s Blue Top Seed in Galesville, Wis., and Lemke Seed in Mequon, Wis. The three companies have joined forces to provide an expanded line of products and services to Wisconsin farmers.

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