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Soil is an overlooked resource

Advances in genetics and traits promise to accelerate yield increases in U.S. corn and soybeans. Some even say yields will double by 2030. But what’s often missing from the conversation is the critical role of soils. Soil scientists remind us that even the most elite crop varieties need well-managed soils …

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ASA’s WISHH and USDA ship soy flour to Afghanistan

The American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) representatives participated today in the final preparations of a shipment of soy flour to Afghanistan. The 3,525 50-pound bags of soy flour shipped from the Port of Virginia will deliver the …

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No-till reduces nitrous oxide emissions

Using no-till and corn-soybean rotation practices in farm fields can significantly reduce field emissions of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide, according to a Purdue University study. Tony Vyn, a professor of agronomy, found that no-till reduces nitrous oxide emissions by 57% over chisel tilling, which mixes crop residue into surface …

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A Mid-Winter’s Tale from Syngenta Seeds

A Syngenta agronomist blogger wrote a great holiday poem for the Syngenta Seeds blog, Dirt on Seeds, that I really enjoyed and thought we would pass on to you as well. Somehow he created a holiday poem that ties in the delivery of seed. Here is the link:http://thedirtonseeds.com/2010/12/a-mid-winter%E2%80%99s-tale/ It is …

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House sends tax bill to Obama

The battered biodiesel industry is holding its breath as the long awaited renewal of the tax incentive for the biofuel inches closer to becoming law. The U.S. House of Representatives voted by a 277 to 148 margin to approve H.R. 4853, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of …

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