March 31, 2014

Bio-control agents can help in fight against beet diseases

SIDNEY, Mont.—Scientists at the USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory (NPARL) in Sidney have patented an enzyme that can help in the fight against deadly sugarbeet diseases.
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March 30, 2014

Minn-Dak co-op studies "field transfer"

FARGO, N.D.—Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative in Wahpeton, N.D., is studying whether to incorporate “field transfer” of harvesting sugarbeets into its campaign options. Proponents say it’s a way to cut stress and labor issues.
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March 29, 2014

Cold, snow could push back beet planting

UPPER THUMB—Given colder than normal temperatures and the amount of ice and snow still present in the region, the likelihood of a normal start to the upcoming sugarbeet growing season is declining rapidly.
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March 28, 2014

Ontario joins sugarbeet group

And then there were two. The Ontario Sugarbeet Growers Association has joined the Canadian Sugarbeet Producers Association, adding its voice to that of its Alberta counterpart.
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March 27, 2014

New Weapon Against Crop Disease

Paul Rutherford has a new weapon to fight a relentless enemy.
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March 26, 2014

Michigan Sugar Co. preps to wrap up annual beet slice

MONITOR TOWNSHIP, Mich.—As the final sugarbeets prepare to roll through Michigan Sugar Co.'s processing facility in Monitor Township, the company’s grower-owners are already gearing up for the upcoming planting season.
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March 25, 2014

National Farmers Union backs sugar policy

Earlier this year, Congress overwhelmingly agreed to extend U.S. sugar policy for another five years. Strong support for sugar policy by leaders in the agricultural community certainly helped make that decision easier for lawmakers.
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March 24, 2014

ARA, TFI provide details of ResponsibleAg program

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) are announcing plans to create ResponsibleAg, an independent, not-for-profit organization designed to support fertilizer retailers’ compliance with federal safety and security
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March 23, 2014

Beet ethanol plants considered in N.D., California

Facilities proposed in North Dakota and California would test the feasibility of raising sugar beets specifically for making ethanol.
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March 22, 2014

Nominate "Farm Mom of the Year"

ST. LOUIS—She works every aspect of the farm, keeps everyone on task, and even advocates for the industry she loves.
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March 21, 2014

Optimism grows among Young Farmers and Ranchers

Young Farmers and Ranchers say their top challenge is securing adequate land for crops and livestock.
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March 20, 2014

U.S. tractor sales down slightly in February

U.S. tractor sales slipped a bit in February.
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March 19, 2014
News

Global sugar surplus extending into fifth year

The global sugar surplus will extend to a fifth year as government support and weakening currencies in producing countries partly make up for lower prices, Kingsman SA said in a first estimate for 2014-15.
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March 18, 2014

Growers expect "unbelievable" profits from strip-till

Farmer Doug Seltz says he expects "unbelievable" 40 percent returns from his latest investment—a strip-till system. Iowa State University data suggest
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March 17, 2014

Southeastern growers rank pests as top concern

Disease and pest pressures were the top concerns among Southeastern growers last season, and they say those issues are prompting them to change their
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March 16, 2014

East Idaho man leads nation’s ag pilots

TERRETON, Idaho—Leif Isaacson sees potential for unmanned aircraft, commonly called drones, to help aerial applicators measure windspeed and weather c
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March 15, 2014

PrecisionAg.com to host Big Data Conference In August

Opportunities are increasing for growers who want to turn their data into decision-making tools for their farm operations.
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March 14, 2014| Published in the March 2014 issue

Art’s Way Buys Ohio Metal Company

Art’s Way Manufacturing Co. Inc., an international manufacturer of equipment serving agricultural, research and water treatment needs, has recently acquired Ohio Metal Working Products Company.
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March 14, 2014| Published in the March 2014 issue
Allen Thayer

Better Late Than Never: Congress Approves Farm Bill

Sugarbeet growers and everyone else in the agriculture sector can relax a little bit.
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March 14, 2014| Published in the March 2014 issue
Luther Markwart

Big Issues Loom in 2014: Elections, trade and food labeling top agenda

Farm bill: As of late January, all signs are that the conference report will finally be completed, approved by both houses and signed by the president in early February— well beyond its “due date.”
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March 14, 2014| Published in the March 2014 issue

BioSafe Systems Names SE Regional Manager

BioSafe Systems announces the promotion of Frank Pennington to southeast regional manager for the crop protection, water treatment and post-harvest market segments.
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March 14, 2014| Published in the March 2014 issue

Buyer's Guide: Growth Promoters and Fertilizers: Manage Your Beets Better

Start fast and finish strong with IQ Phos, the most plant-available, lowest input phosphorus source in the industry.
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March 14, 2014| Published in the March 2014 issue

Double M: A One-Stop Shop for Growers: There is no offseason for one of the largest stocking dealers in the Northwest

There’s no offseason for Double M Ag & Irrigation.
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March 14, 2014| Published in the March 2014 issue

Extrutech Plastics Introduces Form System

The Extrutech Form System now in production brings a bright new look to concrete form construction.
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March 14, 2014| Published in the March 2014 issue

Free NozzleCalc App Makes Nozzle Selection Easy

Greenleaf Technologies announces a free NozzleCalc iPhone app available from Apple’s App Store.
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March 14, 2014

GreenLight Biosciences signs deal with Bayer CropScience

GreenLight Biosciences and Bayer CropScience announced a new partnership to explore applications of GreenLight’s proprietary cell-free technologies to
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March 14, 2014| Published in the March 2014 issue

Growers Select New President: Snyder Calls Market Imbalance Top Issue

The new president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association has great timing.
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March 14, 2014| Published in the March 2014 issue

IIEA Elects New Officers

Elections for the 2014 Officers and Board of Directors for the Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association were held recently in Burley, Idaho.
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March 14, 2014| Published in the March 2014 issue

Land Sale3s Remain Strong, Auction Levels High

OMAHA, Neb.—Land sales finished strong in 2013, spurred by good grower demand for additional land, according to Farmers National Company.
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March 14, 2014| Published in the March 2014 issue

Maribo Seed Returns to U.S.

Crop Production Services, a leading global supplier of agricultural inputs and services, announces the return of Maribo Sugarbeet Seed to the United States
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March 14, 2014| Published in the March 2014 issue

Netafim Selects New Marketing Director

Irrigation professional Ze’ev Barylka is the new director of marketing for Netafim USA and Netafim Mexico.
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March 14, 2014| Published in the March 2014 issue

New Syngenta Essay Contest Under Way

Syngenta officials recently announced the launch of the new national Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship essay contest.
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March 14, 2014| Published in the March 2014 issue

Portable Soil Nitrogen Tester Helps Growers

Redshield Technology Inc., an Iowa-based technology company focusing exclusively on soil testing equipment, introduced its portable soil testing machine, SoilSens, at InfoAg 2013 in Springfield, Ill.
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March 14, 2014| Published in the March 2014 issue

Rear-Mounted Snow Blowers

With the recent acquisition of Agro Trend, Art’s Way Manufacturing Co., Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of agricultural machinery, now offers a complete line of snow blowers.
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March 14, 2014| Published in the March 2014 issue
Phillip Hayes

Sour Price Drop During Farm Bill Debate

Since Congress first began debate of a new farm bill, the price of sugar has taken a nose dive—dropping more than 50 percent in the past couple of years.
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March 14, 2014| Published in the March 2014 issue
Allen Thayer

Water Worries Worsen: Oregon Grower Braces for Third Consecutive Year of Water Shortage

A global sugar supply glut can eventually be overcome as that sugar works its way through the system.
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March 14, 2014| Published in the March 2014 issue
Christopher Cumo

What Might 2025 Look Like?

The future is always perilous to predict. But to paraphrase Aristotle, we need a vision toward which to aim as an archer needs a target at which to guide his arrow.
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March 13, 2014

Agrium to expand Texas nitrogen plant

Canadian fertilizer company Agrium Inc said recently its board of directors has approved an expansion of its nitrogen facility at Borger, Texas, addin
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March 12, 2014

Sugar producers target foreign exports

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. sugar producers—having successfully defended farm bill protections for their commodity despite strong opposition by confectioner
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March 11, 2014

Idaho bucks national trend, adds more ag land

USDA’s preliminary data on the 2012 Census of Agriculture shows Idaho farms and ranches following many of the national trends.
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March 10, 2014

ERS looks at 15 years of GMO crops

A recent report from the USDA Economic Research Service says that after 15 years of use, U.S. growers are seeing an array of benefits and concerns fro
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March 09, 2014

Fewer people feeding more people

Worldwatch Institute reports the global agricultural population, individuals dependent upon agriculture, hunting, fishing and forestry for their livel
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March 08, 2014

Task force: California storms didn’t end drought

MERCED, Calif. (AP)—Two recent storms that washed over bone-dry California delivered welcome rain and snow, but officials from the state’s Drought Tas
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March 08, 2014

What 8 cents a year buys you

Farm policy accounts for just one-quarter of 1 percent of overall federal spending. It came in under budget during the 2008 farm bill. And the new far
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March 07, 2014

East Oregon water situation tight

ONTARIO, Ore.—The 200 or so farmers who packed the Boulevard Grange Hall outside Ontario March 4 for an annual water supply update came there expectin
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March 07, 2014

Growers for Minn-Dak gain access to CHS expertise, services

ST. PAUL, MINN.—Minn-Dak Growers, Ltd. and CHS Inc. have agreed to jointly contract, service and market certain commodities for the 2014 and 2015 grow
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March 07, 2014

Sugar Association petitions FDA to correct inaccurate "% less sugar" claims

The Sugar Association has filed a petition with the Food and Drug Administration requesting the agency amend regulations to correct inaccurate and con
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March 06, 2014

ADM and CGB say ‘no’ to Syngenta crop

Several more U.S. grain handlers say they won’t accept crops containing Syngenta’s new GMO trait until major importers approve it.
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March 05, 2014

Pentair launches Hypro Express Boom Assembly

Pentair Ltd. announced the launch of the Hypro Express Boom, a pre-assembled wet boom designed to eliminate complexity and minimize labor costs.
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March 05, 2014

Search under way for site of first industrial sugarbeet plant

VALLEY CITY, N.D.—Tuesday, Jan. 28, marked the beginning of a five-city tour for the steering committee of BeetsAll Biofuel in their search for a site
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March 04, 2014
Andy Briscoe

Don't believe everything you hear about "sugar"

Just about every time an article about "sugar" is published, I get frustrated because of the effort by some to falsely target sugar.
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March 04, 2014

Sour price decline as world ups subsidies

The United States was not the only nation re-examining its farm laws right recently; although, the United States appears to be the only country making
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March 03, 2014

Ag Trax, AgWorks release agronomy software

AgTrax, one of the fastest growing agricultural accounting platforms in the industry, announced the release of its API for Agronomy.
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March 03, 2014
By Mohamed Khan

GM sugarbeet helps U.S. growers beat weed onslaught

The U.S. sugarbeet industry covers nearly 0.5m hectares producing 4.7m tons of sugar.
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March 02, 2014

European trade deal concerns sugar beet farmers

Alberta sugarbeet growers object to parts of the proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union because of
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March 02, 2014

Growmark, John Deere collaborate to improve decision-making

In an effort to facilitate better decision-making, Growmark and John Deere are collaborating to deliver near real-time field level data to producers a
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March 01, 2014

Countries may need to boot Japan from TPP

DANA POINT, Calif.—The United States and other countries in the Trans Pacific Partnership may have to tell Japan to get out of the group if it won’t a
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March 01, 2014

EPA proposes new pesticide farm worker safety rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced proposed revisions to the Worker Protection Standard related to pesticide use because it claims wor
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March 01, 2014

Net farm income expected to drop in 2014

The USDA is forecasting a 26.6 percent decrease in U.S. net farm income in 2014, from $130.5 billion in 2013 to $95.8 billion.
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March 01, 2014

Ox Stampede attending ConExpo-Con/Agg Trade Show

FAYETTE, ALA—Ox Bodies in partnership with Mack Trucks, Inc. will be displaying the Ox Stampede at ConExpo-Con/Agg on March 4-8 in Las Vegas. (Mack Tr
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March 01, 2014

USDA announces new grants for water research

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will make $6 million in grants available thi
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