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Scab-infected spring wheat seed

Due to the moisture, South Dakota State University has seen some scab issues in the hard red spring wheat received so far.


Syngenta welcomes 2014 Resistance Fighters of the Year

To Josh Bailey and Tim Hambrick, managing resistance is critical to the future of farming – whether that’s herbicide, fungicide, insecticide or nematicide resistance. Both have made this a key component of their daily work, which is why Syngenta has selected them as the 2014 inductees into the Resistance Fighter of the Year Leadership Program.


2014 seen as record year for world cereal production

Latest indications confirm that world cereal production will reach an all-time record of more than 2.5 billion tonnes in 2014.

Buoyed by bumper crops in Europe and a record maize output in the United States of America, this year's cereal output should reach 2.532 billion tonnes, including rice in milled terms, or 0.3% higher than 2013, according to FAO's latest Crop Prospects and Food Situation Report.


Planning ahead for aphids and yellow dwarf viruses

Bird cherry-oat aphids and greenbugs made the news this fall, with infestations reported in winter wheat fields across central and south-central South Dakota. Most fields planted in September had some level of infestation, and the dilemma was whether to apply an insecticide, explained Bob Fanning, plant pathology field specialist.

Fanning shared that the recommendation is to treat with insecticides if there are on average, 20 bird cherry-oat aphids per plant or 15 to 25 per linear foot of row from seedling emergence in the fall to heading stage of wheat the following spring.


Russian news sank wheat, but other ag markets firmed Tuesday

Corn bounced from technical support Tuesday. Corn futures rebounded from Monday’s lows and their short-term moving averages today, with the nearby contracts apparently echoing soybean gains. Traders were probably squaring positions ahead of tomorrow’s USDA WASDE report, with many reportedly looking for an increase in forecast U.S. carryout. March corn futures ended Tuesday 5.0 cents higher at $3.9525/bushel, while July added 5.0 to $4.1025.


From the DNA to the field

What if there was a Netflix for wheat breeders? But, instead of suggesting movies, the algorithm “suggested” the best potential wheat varieties – generations before being planted in a test plot?


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