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Control of marestail in no-till soybeans

Herbicide programs must consist of a spring burndown to ensure that the field is free of marestail at the time of soybean planting, and residual (PRE) herbicides to control marestail for another 6 to 8 weeks. Failure to follow these guidelines can result in poor control and reduced soybean yield. FULL STORY »

WASDE projects U.S. corn and soybeans up slightly

According to USDA's latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report U.S. feed grain supplies for 2012/13 are projected up slightly, with small increases forecast for corn. Soybean production is forecast at 2.971 billion bushels, up 111 million from last month. FULL STORY »

USMEF looks for steady exports in 2013

While global economic uncertainty can change predictions at any moment, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) looks for 2013 to be fairly steady in terms of pork and beef exports. The export trade group wrapped up its strategic planning meeting in Indianapolis. FULL STORY »

N.D. ballot measure affirms right to modern farming methods

The amendment, approved by North Dakota voters, guarantees farmers the right to "modern” agriculture and bars laws limiting their right to “employ agricultural technology, modern livestock production, and ranching practices." FULL STORY »

Scientists find genes that help bees defend against mites

Purdue University researchers are zeroing in on genes that help honeybees defend against varroa mites, one of the largest factors in bee population declines. FULL STORY »

Schrader: Farmland values remain strong

The record drought has done little to derail the advance in farmland prices, as eager buyers continue to turn to the land throughout the Corn Belt and beyond, according to R.D. Schrader, president of Schrader Real Estate & Auction Company. FULL STORY »

The pros and cons of nanomaterials in ag

Although agriculture currently does not employ the use of nanomaterials, in the future, it may help reduce costs, increase efficiency and lead to more environmentally friendly applications in agriculture. However, their use could have a negative effect on microorganisms in the soil. FULL STORY »

New app for insecticide applications

USDA scientists have released two mobile phone applications to make things easier for anyone who needs to adjust insecticide spray equipment. FULL STORY »

Production costs drive spike in ag lending

The volume of non-real-estate agricultural loans, including those to livestock operations, increased significantly during the second and third quarters of 2012, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City report. FULL STORY »

Veterans growing careers in agriculture

The Center for Rural Affairs along with partnering organizations will host a Farm Training Webinar on Friday, Nov. 16. The webinar will include several virtual farm tours and other information for U.S. military veterans interested in taking up a career in a rural community and starting their own farms or ranches. FULL STORY »

Informa Economics outlook session, Nov. 15

Issues related to Europe's financial crisis, combined with the domestic and global macro-economic landscape will significantly impact U.S. business, commodities and the agriculture and food sectors. These issues and a post-election rundown will highlight Informa Economics' 27th Annual Fall Outlook Conference. FULL STORY »

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