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UK GM wheat trial highlights costs of violent activism

A five-year long field trial to test a genetically modified variety of wheat found that the crop did not repel pests as it was designed to. The news media, both in the UK and U.S., widely covered the story. Why was this unusual? It’s not often that a hypothesis that is not confirmed by experiments is published, let alone that it would receive so much attention.

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AgReliant Genetics acquires Golden Acres Genetics

AgReliant Genetics announced that it is acquiring the corn and sorghum seed business of Waco, Texas-based company Golden Acres Genetics. This acquisition complements the continued western expansion of AgReliant Genetics, the third largest corn seed company in North America.

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PotashCorp confident K+S’ concerns can be addressed

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (PotashCorp) acknowledged the statement issued last week by K+S Aktiengesellschaft (K+S). PotashCorp believes the proposed transaction would combine two best-in-class companies with minimal overlap to create a global producer in the nutrient industry for the long-term benefit of investors, customers, employees and the communities where both companies operate.

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USDA expands sorghum acres to 8.84 million

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its June acreage report, increasing its estimated planted grain sorghum acres to 8.84 million, up 11 percent from its March report and 24 percent over the previous year.

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BMC: Corn acreage by state (2014 vs. 2015)

The 2015 corn planted area for all purposes is estimated at 88.9 million acres, down 2 percent from last year. This represents the lowest planted acreage in the United States since 2010. Growers expect to harvest 81.1 million acres for grain, down 2 percent from last year. Farmers responding to the survey indicated that 98 percent of the intended corn acreage had been planted at the time of the interview, the same as the 10-year average.

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Locality Effect Delays Availability of Applied Granular Elemental Sulfur for Crop Production

Farmers applying granulated elemental sulfur may be waiting an entire cropping cycle before their crops get the sulfur they need - a problem that could be costing them yield and money. Sulfur is a vital component of chlorophyll and a wide range of amino acids, enzymes and proteins required for plant growth, but can only be taken up by plants in the sulfate sulfur form. Elemental sulfur must be oxidized into sulfate, a process carried out by soil bacteria that chemically combines sulfur atoms with oxygen and water, before it is available to crops.

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