October 31, 2013

Leading the GMO food fight

According to Dave Murphy, the national movement to label genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, sprang to life in 2007 because of presidential candi
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October 31, 2013

Sugarbeet growers face cold weather guidance

Scientists have spent five months trying to identify the cause of emergence problems affecting sugarbeet crops in all four factory areas of eastern En
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October 30, 2013

Beet-delivery trucks roll into Michigan Sugar facilities as full fall harvest begins

MONITOR TOWNSHIP, Mich.-As Gov. Rick Snyder toured Michigan Sugar Co.'s Monitor Township facility Monday, Oct. 21, trucks carrying tons of sugarbeets
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October 30, 2013

EU ends sugar quota system

SIGATOKA, Fiji-The European Union has announced that the current system of sugar quotas and analogous provisions for African Caribbean Pacific countri
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October 30, 2013

Monsanto calls glyphosate "safe" after AP report

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP)-Monsanto Co. is calling for more controls on agrochemicals, including its Roundup line of glyphosate-based weed-killers,
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October 30, 2013

Peterson: "Absolutely opposed" to farm bill in a broad budget deal

The top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee is pushing back hard against the notion of wrapping farm policy into the broad budget conference s
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October 30, 2013

Sugarbeet prices fall to a 30-year low

Wyoming's sugar beet harvest is set to be a record breaker.
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October 29, 2013

Russian harvesting of sugarbeets hampered by rain

Russia, the world's second-biggest beet-sugar producer, is having difficulty harvesting the roots and supplying refineries on schedule because of rain
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October 29, 2013

Wyoming sugarbeet harvest heats up

POWELL, Wyo.- Fred Hopkin said he could be seeing the biggest sugarbeet crop he's ever had in his life.
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October 28, 2013

New micro water sensor can aid growers

Crop growers, wine grape and other fruit growers, food processors and even concrete makers all benefit from water sensors for accurate, steady and num
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October 28, 2013

Workers moonlight, take vacation to haul beets

OSLO, Minn. (AP)-Every October, Ryan Scott moonlights from his day job in Grand Forks to work an eight-hour night shift hauling sugarbeets for friends
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October 27, 2013

Congress urges EPA to not use CWA guidance document

Senate Environment & Public Works Committee Ranking Member David Vitter (R-La.) along with several other senators sent a letter on Oct. 3 to EPA Admin
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October 27, 2013

Drift control: Agriculture's new normal

Developing and practicing mitigation strategies for glyphosate-tolerant systems is the new normal for agriculture.
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October 26, 2013

Idaho proposes credit system for private aquifer recharge

BOISE, Idaho-A proposed state bill would authorize the Idaho Water Resource Board to develop and run a program, operated as part of its water supply b
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October 26, 2013

New Valley Irrigation product connects pumps to pivots

Valley Irrigation recently announced the addition of Pump Connect to its Valley Water Management product line, giving farmers a new way to automate th
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October 25, 2013

Agri-Service employee-owners set to vote on sale

The Boise-based company that owns Western States Equipment Caterpillar dealerships intends to acquire Agri-Service, Inc., North America's largest Mass
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October 25, 2013

Dyed diesel law could be an issue again in Idaho

BOISE-Stricter enforcement of Idaho's dyed diesel law could again be an issue during the next legislative session.
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October 25, 2013

Idaho sugarbeet yield high, sugar content lower

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP)-Officials with Amalgamated Sugar Co. say yields from Idaho's sugarbeet crop were higher than expected, but the beets have a dis
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October 24, 2013

Idaho woman indicted in immigration scam case

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP)-A federal grand jury indicted a southern Idaho woman after prosecutors said she cheated Mexican immigrants out of thousands of
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October 24, 2013

Rice family working all day on sugarbeet harvest

GLENDIVE, Mont.-With the entire family involved in the annual sugarbeet harvest, the Rice family has very little time for leisure.
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October 23, 2013

Montana sugarbeet producers spending long days in fields

Sugarbeet harvest is under way in the south central and central eastern to northeastern regions of Montana.
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October 23, 2013

Raw sugar surges to one-year high as fire hits Brazil port

Raw-sugar futures jumped to the highest in almost a year after a fire left four injured and six warehouses "totally compromised" at the biggest port i
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October 23, 2013

Switchgrass - a future cash crop?

Thanks to new research and a growing demand for biofuels, farmers may soon be able to use modified land to grow a new cash crop, switchgrass.
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October 22, 2013

Beaten back by rain, sugarbeet farmers take a break

BILLINGS, Mont.-Officially, the precipitation in Billings has been average this year, as in 101 percent. But normal? No.Kelly Brester wouldn't go alon
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October 22, 2013

Sugarbeet harvest at standstill

The skies were clear and the sun was shining Wednesday, however, many of the farm fields in the region remain wet due to the heavy rains of the past f
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October 21, 2013

GMO labeling fight moves to Washington state

Washington state is the latest battleground over GMO labeling.
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October 21, 2013

U.S. government is buying up $300-million sugar glut

Trick-or-treaters in waiting take note: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is buying up a stockpile of sugar, spending about $1 per American resident
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October 20, 2013| Published in the October 2013 issue

Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers Awards Cal Poly Student $500

Jim Mills of Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers awarded California Polytechnic University student Jennifer Ray $500 for her winning ad design, recently a
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October 20, 2013| Published in the October 2013 issue

Multi-Function Hydrometers Help Monitor Irrigation Rates

Netafim USA now features water-saving devices that monitor irrigation flow rates and usage on commercial sites.
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October 20, 2013| Published in the October 2013 issue

New Ag Leader Website Features Enhancements

Growers using a smartphone, tablet or laptop will now have an optimized experience when visiting agleader.com, thanks to the launch of Ag Leader's new
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October 20, 2013| Published in the October 2013 issue

Overmolded Valve Plug Cordsets Offer Connectivity

Turck introduces overmolded valve plug cordsets.
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October 20, 2013| Published in the October 2013 issue
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Raven Introduces New Viper 4

Raven Industries, Inc. introduced new advances in precision agriculture technology including the new Viper 4 field computer as well as other ag techno
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October 20, 2013| Published in the October 2013 issue
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Industry Vet to Lead Research at Valent

Dr. Eric Johnson has been named the company's new vice president of technology at Valent U.S.A. Corporation.
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October 20, 2013| Published in the October 2013 issue

Pentair's Shurflo 5059 Diaphragm Pump Available

Pentair is introducing the new 5059 Series Shurlfo Diaphragm Pump.
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October 20, 2013

In the insecticide wars, GMOs have so far been a force for good

I've finally worked my way around to the GMO question that I care about most: Are genetically modified crops boon or bane for the environment?
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October 20, 2013

Monsanto adds agricultural biologicals to R&D pipeline

Monsanto understands that agriculture is constantly evolving and is influenced by broad societal trends.
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October 19, 2013

Co-op merger could mean more N.D. fertilizer plants

Members of Dakota Plains Cooperative, a full-service agribusiness headquartered in Valley City, N.D., voted to approve a merger with CHS Inc., an ener
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October 19, 2013

Dow AgroSciences and Synpromics to collaborate

Synpromics, the synthetic promoter company, announced an important collaboration with Dow AgroSciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical
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October 18, 2013

Intervention south of the border sours sugar market

An unprecedented flood of sugar imports from Mexico has sent refined sugar prices spiraling down 57 percent in the past 24 months. As a result, prices
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October 18, 2013

Agrium completes farm retail purchase from Glencore

Canadian fertilizer company Agrium Inc said it has completed its purchase of Viterra Inc's Canadian farm retail stores.
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October 18, 2013

Top 100 landowners collectively own 33 million acres

Seen as a "safe deposit box with a view," the country's affluent investors are buying up acres at a solid rate, as the top 100 landowners added 700,00
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October 17, 2013

Fight over genetically altered crops flares in Hawaii

WAIMEA, Hawaii-The balmy tropical isles here seem worlds apart from the expansive cornfields of the Midwest, but Hawaii has become the latest battlegr
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October 17, 2013

Lime Valley Advertising celebrating 25 years in business

MANKATO, Minn.-This year marks 25 years in business for Lime Valley Advertising.
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October 16, 2013

Cold weather "triggered sugarbeet problems"

Poor germination was caused by a number of interacting factors-rather than any single cause-but cold weather had a big role, said the British Beet Res
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October 16, 2013

House rejects sugar resolution

In final floor action before the beginning of the House-Senate conference on the farm bill, the House Saturday voted down a resolution to make changes
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October 15, 2013

Sports superstars endorse sugary, fatty foods

NEW YORK-When Miami Heat star LeBron James isn't scoring baskets, he's busy-selling soda, sports drinks and fast food.
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October 15, 2013

Why the agriculture industry hates Chipotle

People love Chipotle's "The Scarecrow"-a touching animated short film that's basically a polemic on industrial food.
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October 14, 2013

GMO debate "a distraction" from real food issues

A leading plant scientist says the ongoing debate over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is distracting from the real challenges surrounding food
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October 14, 2013

Monsanto adds analytics, risk management horsepower through pending acquisition

Monsanto announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire The Climate Corporation for a cash purchase price of approximately $930 millio
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October 13, 2013

EPA registers Isagro USA's Dominus Soil Biofumigant

Isagro USA has received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Dominus, a biopesticide and pre-plant soil treatment.
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October 13, 2013

Farmers help clean up nation's rivers, lakes with cover crops

Cover crops are one simple farming technique that can save money, produce better crops, clean rivers and estuaries, and address climate change.
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October 12, 2013

First step to reduce plant need for N fertilizer uncovered

Nitrogen fertilizer costs U.S. farmers approximately $8 billion each year, and excess fertilizer can find its way into rivers and streams, damaging th
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October 12, 2013

U.S. phosphate export group PhosChem disbands

The U.S. phosphate export association PhosChem has disbanded, a spokesman for U.S. fertilizer company Mosaic Co said on Oct. 2, making it the second f
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October 11, 2013

ASCL launches billboard safety campaign

The American Sugar Cane League is serious about promoting driver safety during the 2013 harvest season and has placed billboards on Louisiana's highwa
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October 11, 2013

Conservation district to lease no-till drill to Idaho farmers

BOISE-A local conservation district has purchased a no-till drill that it will lease to farmers who want to see if it works for them before they dole
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October 11, 2013

Hysteria about sugar doesn't help-knowledge does

Knowledge-not hysteria-should always drive our thinking.
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October 11, 2013

Know your sweetener: The myth of "added sugars"

A family trip to the grocery store shouldn't require a degree in food science but sometimes it feels like it, especially for those looking to feed the
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October 10, 2013

Engage Agro manager retires

Engage Agro USA'S Rick Bird is stepping aside from his position as Midwest sales manager to retire.
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October 10, 2013

Irrigation Association Wins 2013 WaterSenser Partner of the Year Award

FALLS CHURCH, Va.-The Irrigation Association has been named the 2013 WaterSense Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, makin
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October 10, 2013

Sugars low, tonnage high in Idaho beet harvest

ABERDEEN, Idaho-Well into a general sugarbeet harvest that started nearly a week early, southeast Idaho growers report outstanding yields but disappoi
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October 09, 2013

Idaho farmers concerned about 1972 dust law

BOISE-Idaho farm leaders are concerned about a previously unknown state law regarding farm dust that has been on the books since 1972.
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October 09, 2013

Idaho farmers expand productivity through variable-rate lime - See more at: http://www.capitalpress.com/article/20130930/ARTICLE/130939987/1007#sthash.TXZWWMhC.dpuf

ASHTON, Idaho-Thousands of farm acres near here are more productive thanks to a waste pile at a shuttered sugar factory and federal funding aimed at k
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October 09, 2013

Monsanto loss widens

WASHINGTON-Agricultural business giant Monsanto Co. reported worse-than-expected losses for its fiscal fourth quarter on Oct. 2 because of lower sales
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October 08, 2013

Amid shutdown, what about the farm bill?

WOOSTER, Ohio-All the Washington talk lately has been on the shutdown, which began Oct. 1 after Congress failed to reach a budget to fund the federal
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October 08, 2013

Cuckoo proposed for ESA protections

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)-The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing that the yellow-billed cuckoo be protected under the Endangered Species Act.
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October 08, 2013

Farm worker dies after tractor rear-ended

HANSEN, Idaho (AP)-A farm worker has died of injuries suffered when the tractor he was driving in south-central Idaho was rear-ended by a pickup truck
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October 07, 2013

Sugarbeet harvest opens main phase

American Crystal Sugar Co. began its full-bore beet harvest in the first minute of Oct. 2, a day later than usual because Oct. 1 was too warm.
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October 07, 2013

Farm program payments delayed

While the partial federal government shutdown is delaying farm program payments, its impact is minimized by the current economic state of agriculture,
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October 07, 2013

American Crystal Sugar to default on $71.2M government loan

MOORHEAD, Minn.-American Crystal Sugar will default on a government loan of $71.2 million under a program that provides relief when a glut of sugar de
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October 07, 2013

Three generations of Wyeths look down

The Shelburne Museum is a magical place, a kind of backyard Smithsonian-from the more than 500-foot-long miniature circus parade of almost 4,000 handm
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October 06, 2013

Ecologel announces online directory to promote professional LCOs

The manufacturer of Hydretain, Ecologel Solutions, LLC, has launched an online Hydretain Applicator Directory designed to connect potential Hydretain
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October 06, 2013

Worried about land grabs, group presses 3 corporations to disclose sugar purchases

HONG KONG-Oxfam accused three big international food companies on Tuesday of buying sugar from what the advocacy group described as plantations that h
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October 05, 2013

CHS commits $3 million to make agriculture safer

CHS Inc. has committed $3 million to a national agriculture safety initiative intended to keep next generations safe as they strive to feed a growing
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October 05, 2013

Wolf Trax on the prowl

For those in the micronutrients marketplace, Wolf Trax Inc. has become a well-known supplier.
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October 04, 2013

Hurst: Farm bill "absolutely on hold"

Negotiations on a new farm bill apparently won't occur unless the nation's pressing budget issues are resolved first.
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October 04, 2013

Inside drainage water management

Managing water resources is demanding more attention from farmers.
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October 04, 2013

New program integrates crop genetics info, inputs, irrigation technologies

Syngenta and Lindsay Corporation recently announced the commercial introduction of Water+ Intelligent Irrigation Platform, an integrated solution desi
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October 04, 2013

Shutdown stymies United Fresh lobbying efforts

WASHINGTON-Over the course of two days, the fruit and vegetable growers and industry executives with United Fresh Produce Association who came to Wash
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October 03, 2013

Chinook Sugarbeet Fest celebrates Wild West

Chinook, Mont., stepped back into the Wild Wild West last weekend to celebrate its heritage at the 9th annual Sugarbeet Festival.
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October 03, 2013

Isagro USA announces xpiration of Eminent distribution agreement

Isagro USA announced Oct. 1 that following the expiration of its distribution agreement for Eminent in the United States, Isagro USA will directly dis
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October 03, 2013

Report due on malformed sugar beet

LONDON-An investigation into the cause of this season's erratic sugarbeet crops is expected to report its findings shortly.
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October 03, 2013

Throwback soda keeps Wyo. sugar farmers happy

POWELL, Wyo. (AP)-Glistening retro-style cans shuffle quickly down a conveyer belt, destined to be filled with cold, fizzy soda. Unlike most of their
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October 02, 2013

Monsanto buys Climate Corp for $930M

Who knew betting on the weather could make a billion dollars?
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October 02, 2013

Monsanto set to report 4Q financial results

Monsanto Co. will offer investors an update on its expansion into developing markets like Asia and South America when it reports its fourth-quarter re
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October 02, 2013

Grassley confident of farm bill passage this year

Even though the federal government shutdown received the bulk of the attention Tuesday, the farm bill, already extended once, expired overnight.
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October 02, 2013

Are GMOs worth their weight in gold? To farmers, not exactly

Harn Soper has a real-world laboratory to test the benefits of farming with genetically modified (GM) seed. Soper's family owns seven farms near Emmet
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October 02, 2013

Sugar beet harvest begins

WORDEN, Mont.- The Karst family dropped everything and fired up their beet digger Sept. 22 after Western Sugar sounded the alarm about rain.
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October 01, 2013

Sugarbeet yields all over the map

The 2013 sugarbeet harvest is under way in Michigan's Chatham-Kent and Lambton County.
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October 01, 2013

Syngenta releases "Good Growth Plan"

Syngenta has announced a plan to address the global food security challenge.
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