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State of the Union: Trade Talk Still on the Table; Republicans Press on NAFTA – DTN

State of the Union: Trade Talk Still on the Table; Republicans Press on NAFTA – DTN

πŸ‘€By Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter 🕔Jan 31, 2018

In his first State of the Union address Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump spoke about improving the nation’s trade agreements and touted tax reform and slashing regulations, all while pushing for Congressional support for rebuilding America’s infrastructure — all issues

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Drought Outlook – Monthly: Most Areas Should Expect a Dry Feb.

Drought Outlook – Monthly: Most Areas Should Expect a Dry Feb.

πŸ‘€Edited by Ernst Undesser, AgFax Web Editor, with Information from Rich Tinker, NOAA 🕔Jan 31, 2018

Drought development and expansion is expected to dominate the country again in February, with substantial development forecast in central and western parts of the country. The persistent below-normal precipitation observed across the southern tier of the country is consistent with

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Western Region Pecans: Good Demand as Harvest Wraps Up

Western Region Pecans: Good Demand as Harvest Wraps Up

πŸ‘€From USDA 🕔Jan 31, 2018

Deliveries by growers to delivery points of Improved varieties were fairly light. Demand was fairly good for good quality pecans. Harvesting is expected to decrease, as most harvesting has been completed for the season. Harvested quality has been generally good.

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Oklahoma Pecans: Most Buying Stations Closed for the Year

Oklahoma Pecans: Most Buying Stations Closed for the Year

πŸ‘€From USDA 🕔Jan 31, 2018

Deliveries by growers were fairly light this week. Most buying stations have closed for the year and the bulk of new offerings are late hand-picked seedlings. Quality of late offerings highly variable but overall yields ranging from 38-39 percent meat

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Georgia Pecans: What Pollinator Should You Plant?

Georgia Pecans: What Pollinator Should You Plant?

πŸ‘€By Lenny Wells, University of Georgia Extension Pecan Specialist 🕔Jan 30, 2018

A couple of years ago I posted a short discussion of why pecans need a pollinator, which I suggest reading if you doubt the need of pollinators. I get many questions about the best pollinator to choose for our commonly

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Ag Commodity Trading: Blockchain Tech Improves Efficiency and Security- DTN

Ag Commodity Trading: Blockchain Tech Improves Efficiency and Security- DTN

πŸ‘€By Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Jan 30, 2018

Last week, Louis Dreyfus Co., one of the world’s largest ag commodity traders, sold 60,000 metric tons of U.S. soybeans (2.2 million bushels) to a Chinese processor using a digital “blockchain” platform. The sale worked better than even expected.Β Β  While

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California Pistachios: Low Chill – Potential Effect In 2018?

California Pistachios: Low Chill – Potential Effect In 2018?

πŸ‘€By Bob Beede, UCCE Farm Advisor, Emeritus, Kings County, California 🕔Jan 29, 2018

There is still hope, but as of this writing, it looks like 2018 could be a repeat of 2014-15 in terms of chilling. CIMIS stations in pistachio production areas statewide report low chill accumulation based on the Chill Portion model.

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Pistachios: Research Uncovers Health Benefits for Women With Gestational Diabetes

Pistachios: Research Uncovers Health Benefits for Women With Gestational Diabetes

πŸ‘€From a Press Release 🕔Jan 29, 2018

Results of a new study among pregnant women with impaired glucose intolerance during gestation (GIGT) or gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) – commonly known as gestational diabetes – show that eating pistachios may help manage blood sugar levels. The study is

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Almonds – Warm Weather Should Stimulate The Buds And The Bees – AgFax Tree Crops

Almonds – Warm Weather Should Stimulate The Buds And The Bees – AgFax Tree Crops

πŸ‘€By Owen Taylor 🕔Jan 28, 2018

The almond crops dormancy has stretched out during a cold January. Activity should start ramping up now.

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California Pistachios: Making A Case For Mating Disruption

California Pistachios: Making A Case For Mating Disruption

πŸ‘€By Bob Beede, UCCE Farm Advisor, Emeritus, Kings County, California 🕔Jan 28, 2018

My UC colleagues are understandably critical of my strong support for mating disruption, since they have not yet developed data to support its performance in pistachios. My question to you is – do you want to wait three years for

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