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Ag markets diverged after Tuesday's USDA reports

Corn futures reacted badly to the USDA reports. The USDA released its Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports at 11:00 AM CDT this morning, which sent corn prices sharply lower. The stocks result easily topped forecasts, thereby depressing old crop prices, while the 2015 acreage figure also far exceeded expectations and depressed new crop values. May corn futures plunged 18.25 cents to $3.7625/bushel in late Tuesday trading, while December dropped 17.5 to $4.0025.

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Iowa farmland prices down 7.6 percent in 6 months

Farmland prices in Iowa, the top U.S. corn and soybean state, are down by an average 7.6 percent over the past six months and 11 percent from a year ago, pressured by lower grain prices and firmer interest rates, according to a survey released Tuesday.

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Study shows effectiveness of drought-tolerant corn

DuPont Pioneer announced the Journal of Crop Science published results of a multi-year study conducted to evaluate corn hybrids under drought-stress, or water-limited, conditions. Findings scientifically demonstrate the efficacy of Pioneer brand Optimum AQUAmax maize hybrid seeds, which help farmers achieve more stable yields under drought-stress conditions and high-yield potential in favorable growing conditions.

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