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Genetically Modified Crops: 28 Countries, 18 Mln Farmers, 10 Species

Genetically Modified Crops: 28 Countries, 18 Mln Farmers, 10 Species

👤By George Silva, Michigan State University Extension 🕔Dec 14, 2017

Genetically modified crops were planted on a record 457.4 million acres globally in 2016, up 3 percent from the 444 million acres planted in 2015, according to statistics released by International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications. This follows

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Drought Monitor: Fires Ravage California, Snows Blanket South, Southeast

Drought Monitor: Fires Ravage California, Snows Blanket South, Southeast

👤Edited by Ernst Undesser, AgFax Web Editor, with Information from Jessica Blunden, NOAA/NCEI 🕔Dec 14, 2017

Summary Conditions were dry and windy across much of the western United States over this past drought week, December 5-12. Wildfires, fueled by strong Santa Ana winds, destroyed hundreds of structures and burned well over 100,000 acres, enhancing the state’s

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DTN Fertilizer Trends: Mild Weather Pushes Fall Applications

DTN Fertilizer Trends: Mild Weather Pushes Fall Applications

👤By Russ Quinn, DTN Staff Reporter 🕔Dec 14, 2017

Average retail prices for most fertilizers continued to move higher, while the price for two fertilizers moved lower during the first week of December 2017, according to retailers surveyed by DTN. As has been the case for two weeks in

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Diesel, Gas Prices Decline

Diesel, Gas Prices Decline

👤From the Energy Information Administration 🕔Dec 13, 2017

The U.S. average diesel fuel price fell 1 cent to $2.91 per gallon on December 11, 42 cents higher than a year ago. The West Coast and Rocky Mountain prices each fell three cents to $3.34 per gallon and $2.99

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Farm Business: Base Your End of Year Tax Planning on Current Law

Farm Business: Base Your End of Year Tax Planning on Current Law

👤By Kelli Anderson, North Dakota State University 🕔Dec 12, 2017

Agricultural producers should do tax planning before the end of the year based on the information known at this time. Traditionally, producers try to do tax planning to limit their tax liability. With the downturn in the agricultural economy, limiting

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California Pistachios: Enough Chill, So Far, For 2018 Yields?

California Pistachios: Enough Chill, So Far, For 2018 Yields?

👤By Bob Beede, UCCE Farm Advisor, Emeritus, Kings County, California 🕔Dec 12, 2017

High temperatures prevailed until the first week in December, when we finally got frost on December 5. The first frost normally occurs about the second week in November. We had Thanksgiving outside at our neighbor’s house in shirt sleeves. I

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California Almonds: New Pesticide Labels Help Control Pruning Wound Infections

California Almonds: New Pesticide Labels Help Control Pruning Wound Infections

👤By Franz Niederholzer, University of California Cooperative Extension 🕔Dec 11, 2017

Topsin M WSP and Rally 40WSP now have 2EE labels to protect pruning wounds on almonds (and other stone fruit trees and/or grapes) from canker disease infection. These products should be especially helpful in protecting young trees where disease infection

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AgFax Weekend: Lessons Learned 1983 vs. 2017 | Growth Strategies

AgFax Weekend: Lessons Learned 1983 vs. 2017 | Growth Strategies

👤AgFax Staff 🕔Dec 8, 2017

In this week’s AgFax Weekend – Lessons Learned 1983 vs. 2017 | Growth Strategies | Sell your land or sell plus lease it back? | and more.

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Farm Bill: Congress Hopes to Tackle It ‘Sooner Rather Than Later’

Farm Bill: Congress Hopes to Tackle It ‘Sooner Rather Than Later’

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Dec 7, 2017

Today’s update looks at recent news items discussing the Farm Bill, with specific focus on the potential timing of when Congress may take up the legislation.  Lawmaker perspectives on provisions in the bill, including CRP issues, payment limits, and SNAP,

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Diesel, Gas Prices Fall

Diesel, Gas Prices Fall

👤From the Energy Information Administration 🕔Dec 6, 2017

The U.S. average diesel fuel price fell less than 1 cent to $2.92 per gallon on December 4, 44 cents higher than a year ago. The West Coast and Rocky Mountain prices each fell nearly one cent to $3.37 per

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