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Global conference underscores complex socio-economic role of wheat

A recent gathering of more than 600 international scientists highlighted the complexity of wheat as a crop and emphasized the key role wheat research plays in ensuring global food security now and in the future.


Is the corn crop overestimated?

The USDA's October 9 Crop Production report forecast the 2015 U.S. corn crop at 13.555 billion bushels, 30 million bushels smaller than the September forecast and 660 million bushels smaller than the 2014 crop. The U.S. average corn yield is forecast at 168 bushels, 0.5 bushel above the September forecast, and harvested acreage is forecast at 80.664 million, 437,000 below the September forecast.


Drought conditions worse; will affect soybean yield, wheat planting

In a normal year, September precipitation has minimal effect on soybean yield except for double cropped soybean after wheat and in some portions of the Missouri where delayed planting is part of a drought avoidance strategy. But, this year it is estimated that nearly one million acres of soybean were planted after July 1.


Seed Innovation and Protection Alliance launched

Responding to an increasing need to promote the importance and understanding of seed innovation, members of the American seed industry recently announced the formation of the Seed Innovation and Protection Alliance (SIPA).


Trimble adds enhanced support on its TMX-2050 display

Trimble announced that the new version of its Trimble TMX-2050 display will come standard with wireless connectivity for easy integration with the Connected Farm online management solution. The TMX-2050 version 3.0 also introduces the App Central marketplace for managing download and installation of third-party Android-based mobile applications.


FAA issues $1.9 million fine to drone operator

On October 6, 2015 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an enforcement letter to SkyPan International, Inc. assessing a $1.9 million dollar civil penalty for flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) without permission. The FAA has fined drone operators for unlawful flights in the past, but this is by far the largest civil penalty to date.


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