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Human health depends on soil fertility

Plants play an important role in concentrating nutrients that are sparse in soils. They do this for many nutrient elements important to living organisms, including nitrogen (N), sulfur (S), phosphorus (P), potassium (K),
selenium (Se), iodine (I), zinc (Zn), and boron. Most plant nutrients are human nutrients too.


The planting date conundrum for corn

Conventional wisdom says that the prime planting window to maximize corn yields in much of Indiana opens about April 20 and closes about May 10. This “window” typically opens about one week later across the northern tier of Indiana counties (later warmup) and about one week earlier across the southern tier of Indiana counties (earlier warmup).


Scientists have created new variety of low-allergenic soybean

A decade-long effort by University of Arizona scientists Monica Schmidt and Eliot Herman and University of Illinois scientist Theodore Hymowitz has yielded a new soybean with significantly reduced levels of three key proteins responsible for both its allergenic and anti-nutritional effects. The work is described in a paper published online in the journal Plant Breeding.


Topcon’s GNSS network expands to Latin America

Topcon Positioning Group announceD the expansion of the TopNETlive GNSS reference station network into Latin America. In conjunction with hosting partners, new service will be provided in Mexico, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Guatemala, Colombia and Panama.


Kimberly-Clark to use wheat straw in paper products

Kimberly-Clark Professional announced the launch of GreenHarvest products, a new offering that incorporates rapidly renewable plant-based fiber, such as wheat straw and bamboo, into Kleenex and Scott brand towel and tissue products.


Soybean starter applications show promise

As producers strive to increase soybean yields, research into many high yield strategies have shown promise. One of those strategies is utilizing starter fertilizer applications, according to Nutra-Flo Company.


Farmers evaluating new cotton seed technology

The Deltapine New Product Evaluator (NPE) program kicks off its eighth season with nearly 200 farmers planting and evaluating pre-commercial Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton variety candidates for the Deltapine Class of 2016.


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