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Soybeans cut swath through Western Canada wheat belt

Soybeans, once a novelty in Western Canadian fields, are poised to reach record-large acreage again this year, and some of the world's biggest seed companies are betting they have further room to grow in a country known for wheat and canola.

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Soybean plantings seen up in 2015 despite falling prices, corn lower

U.S. farmers will plant more soybeans, sorghum and other grains than last spring, and less corn, a more expensive crop to grow, as they face their tightest finances in a decade, analysts said before the government's closely watched plantings report on Tuesday.

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India turns to 'satellite god' for crop mapping

Sher Singh, a farmer from India's desert state of Rajasthan, prays to Varuna, the Hindu god of water, for a bountiful harvest. Now, he is also looking to the heavens for satellite imaging to boost his crop. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to promote a "per drop, more crop" approach to farming to make better use of scarce water, and aims to have a new satellite crop monitoring system working in time for the peak of this year's monsoon in July.

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The footprint of Chinese demand for U.S. soybeans

Due in large part to record plantings and yield the U.S. produced 3.969 billion bushels of soybeans in 2014. Of this total, USDA's March 10 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) projects for the U.S. to export 1.79 billion bushels of soybeans during the 2014-2015 marketing year. The primary destination? China.

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The Fertilizer Institute honors five farmers, retailers

Five American farmers and their fertilizer retail partners have been named as 4R Grower Advocates for 2015 by the Fertilizer Institute (TFI). The winners represent growers and retailers across the nation who are dedicated to the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship - using the right nutrient source at the right rate, the right time and in the right place.

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More rain needed to make the 2015/16 HRW crop

Spring came early in most parts of the U.S. hard red winter (HRW) wheat belt this year and revealed a crop that looks promising overall — but one that needs a good boost of moisture.

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