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Viterra Limited, through a wholly owned subsidiary, announced Oct. 3 that effective immediately it had closed its stock purchase agreement to acquire the grain and ingredients business of Gavilon Agriculture Investment Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Marubeni America Corporation. The purchase price for the acquisition was $1.125 billion, plus working capital, and is subject to certain price adjustments. Read more

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Each of us walks around with trillions of living microbes in our gut. Our diet shapes the kinds and abundance of microbes living in our gut which are connected to our health and well-being. But as scientists learn more and more about which microbes are associated positive and negative impacts on human health, a key question has remained unanswered: "How do we change our own microbiomes?" Read more

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Farm households increasingly rely on off-farm income. A report from University of Missouri Extension notes that, on average, 82% of farm household income comes from outside the farm. Read more

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Amy Durst from Piedmont, Oklahoma, in Canadian County, recently placed first in the Dinner Rolls Category of the Senior Division at the State “Best of Wheat” Bread Baking contest held on September 25 at the Oklahoma State Fair. Her entry of Grandma’s No Fail Rolls topped the class also winning her the title of Grand Champion for the Senior Division with her entry. Read more

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The Grand Champion winner of the Kansas State Fair Market Wheat Show, Galen Lowe from Sumner County, got a chance to shake the governor’s hand and receive a gold watch at the award’s ceremony held in the Domestic Arts Building on the Kansas State Fairgrounds. Also receiving the County Agent award was newcomer Rhett Newby from Pratt County. Read more

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Tailored traits are customizing corn hybrids so rapidly and precisely that it is almost ceasing to be a monocrop. Last year, a paper published in Science magazine detailed how 26 corn genomes have been newly assembled and mapped, allowing ever-more-precise mixing and matching of genetic traits. Read more

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program announced it has awarded Farmers for Soil Health a $95 million grant. With this award, FSH will launch a program to advance the adoption of cover crops and conservation tillage in 20 states that produce over 85% of the nation’s corn and soybeans. Read more

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BASF Agricultural Solutions wrapped up its 2022 Showcase Plot Tours in August with events at research farms in Goehner, Nebraska, and Story City, Iowa. Growers and retailers had the chance to chat with agronomists and in-field experts about what they’re facing in fields this year, in addition to taking a closer look at a few key innovations coming down the pipeline. Read more

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U.S. wheat growers have a long history of recognizing the value of export market development by supporting the successful public-private partnership with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. That is why U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers welcome the introduction of the Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act of 2022 in the U.S. Senate. Read more

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In recent years, floods, droughts and other severe weather have significantly impacted farmers throughout the country. In an effort to help farmers adapt to the changing climate, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the University of Missouri $25 million—the largest federal research, education and Extension grant ever awarded to MU—from the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities Program. Read more

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The effects of dryness and drought this summer have begun to show up in the Sept. 12 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates released by the United States Department of Agriculture, as estimated yields for both corn and soybeans fell below market expectations. Read more

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One of the consequences of this year’s drought is the poor head exertion in those fields where the sorghum is producing a harvestable yield. I actually do not remember a time when I have seen such poor head exertion from practically every field I have seen. Read more

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Fungal pathogens represent a large and economically significant challenge to crops worldwide. The challenge is so great, in fact, diseases caused by fungal pathogens can cause crop losses of 10% to 20% (worth $100 billion to $200 billion) each year. Read more

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Extended drought is challenging livestock producers to carefully manage their fall cornstalks grazing. High nitrate levels may be not only in rainfed (dryland) fields, but also in pivot corners or field edges where plants have been severely moisture stressed. Read more

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Golden Harvest, Downers Grove, Illinois, recently released new data that highlights how extreme weather conditions across the Midwest, such as intense heat, drought stress and other environmental factors, indicate corn harvest is likely to be highly variable in 2022. As farmers prepare for a challenging harvest in parts of the U.S., Golden Harvest agronomists have developed data-based insights and actionable recommendations to minimize yield loss and begin plans for next year. Read more

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Texas Tech University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently cut the ribbon on a first-of-its-kind cotton classing facility on Texas Tech’s campus. The 30,000-square-foot facility is equipped with the latest automated technology and represents the first cotton classing facility located on the campus of an institution of higher education. Read more

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Scientists at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service discovered 33 new species of toxin-producing fungi, opening the door for research to combat a major scourge of the world’s food supply. Read more

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The single-largest research investment by Kansas wheat farmers came to life almost 10 years ago when the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center opened its doors. Since that time, the center has set a standard of excellence for wheat research and worked to meet the specific needs of Kansas wheat growers. Read more

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The National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates applaud the tentative agreement reached between the railroads and rail union representatives that averts a rail shutdown ahead of Friday’s deadline. Read more

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Iowa Corn takes pride in sponsoring the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series to celebrate a great tradition, a great rivalry and great farmers across the state. It’s a tribute to the hardworking student athletes and is an opportunity to showcase Iowa’s hardworking farmers who produce the more than 4,000 corn products that fuel the economy. Read more

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An overarching goal for planting cover crops is to produce as much biomass as possible during the growing window. Higher levels of cover crop biomass will reduce soil erosion, inhibit weed growth, and add carbon and other nutrients to the soil. Read more

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University of Missouri’s Plant Diagnostic Clinic confirmed tar spot in three corn samples collected in the Missouri counties of Lewis and Holt on Aug. 30, according to Peng Tian, the clinic’s lab director. Read more