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Mild winter could lead to 2020 crop pest problems

Amid concerns the 2020 growing season is setting up for a repeat of last year’s challenges, LSU AgCenter experts emphasized early-season management strategies at the Northeast Louisiana Crops Forum held in Delhi, La. “This meeting is important and timely because it provides updates on crop production and protection as growers are beginning to make those […]

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Never underestimate the power of soybeans

Commentary: This slideshow proves it. Bet against the ability of soybeans to compensate at your own risk. Everyone who raises soybeans knows they compensate for missing plants. But just how much can they compensate? Before you answer, read this story and check out the photos. The story should begin “Once upon a time,” because it […]

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Emerging markets, research, partnerships expanding soybean demand

When the trade war slammed the export market door to China, U.S. soybean’s largest customer, an effort through the U.S. Soybean Board looked for export and domestic opportunities. The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) increased exports to North African countries like Morocco, which doubled imports the last two years. The USSEC also identified Egypt several […]

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Quick Take: New soybean CEO, more broadband, data science courses

Illinois Soybean Association chooses new CEO The Illinois Soybean Association board of directors chose John Lumpe as the organization’s new CEO in early February. “Illinois is consistently the No. 1 soybean state in the nation, and I look forward to working with Illinois farmers to continue that legacy,” Lumpe says. Lumpe will be responsible for […]

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Seed treatments make a difference

Seed treatments play a crucial role by protecting the seed and seedlings against disease and insect pressure from the moment seeds are planted. Hundreds of pathogens and insects can damage or kill the seed or seedlings before they even have a chance to develop, which can negatively influence the crop’s progress throughout the growing season […]

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Technology improves water management, yield potential

Brinkley, Ark., farmer Jim Carroll draws from experience and new technologies to improve his land, lower his water costs, and increase corn and soybean productivity. Jimel Farms is nearly 100% irrigated with a maze of underground pipes to transfer ground water from pumps to fields. “I feel like we’re moving backwards if my brother, Jon, […]

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Conservation conference highlights innovations

Images from the recent National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference. Some 725 registrants at the recent National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference heard the latest updates on sustainable production practices currently employed and soon to be adopted on farms across the Sunbelt. More than 100 speakers, including farmers, consultants, university scientists and industry […]

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New Arkansas soybean yield record set on family farm

McGehee, Ark.-based Miles Farms set a new state soybean yield record for the 2019 Growing for the Green contest producing 120 bushels per acre on 5 acres within an 80-acre field in Desha County. Despite a wet spring where low ends of many fields were covered with water, this particular section was in the field […]

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Farming love story strengthened through hardship and happiness

When Matt Miles’ father got sick, Sherrie Snow’s father helped them harvest that year’s crop. Sherrie’s father would not take money, so Matt’s father bought him a coat as a way to show his appreciation. When they delivered the coat, Sherrie came out of the house and Matt told his mother, “I’ve got to find […]

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State of the Union offers one area of consensus: Infrastructure

During this past Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, President Donald Trump made the following comment about the need to improve the nation’s transportation infrastructure: “We must also rebuild America’s infrastructure. I ask you to pass Sen. John Barrasso’s [R., Wyo.] highway bill to invest in new roads, bridges and tunnels all across our land.” […]