Crops

Could silicon in the soil be key to fending off insect pests?

· August 18, 2017

To help plants better fend off insect pests, researchers are arming them with silicon. The University of Delaware’s Ivan Hiltpold and researchers from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University in Australia are examining the addition of silicon to the soil to see if it will help strengthen plants against potential predators. […]

More U.S. rice to head south after Colombia trade agreement

· August 18, 2017

U.S. rice will have more market access to the fourth largest country in South America now after a new agreement with the government of Colombia. A previous agreement in 2012 between both countries enabled exports of U.S. paddy rice to Colombia, but under strict and costly requirements related to phytosanitary concerns. The new agreement lifts […]

Today’s markets: Rains make grains trade higher

· August 17, 2017

We kickoff this morning with Export Sales and Initial Jobless Claims at 7:30 A.M. followed with Capacity Utilization, Industrial Production at 8:15 A.M. and EIA Gas Storage at 9:30 A.M. The Grains are trading higher in the overnight electronic session. The complex is getting a bounce after being heavily sold in prior trading sessions. Another […]

Monsanto gains access to ToolGen CRISPR platform

· August 17, 2017

Monsanto and ToolGen, a biotechnology company specializing in genome editing, have reached a global licensing agreement for the use of ToolGen’s CRISPR technology platform to develop agricultural products. ToolGen is an early pioneer in gene editing research. The license provides Monsanto with access to ToolGen’s comprehensive suite of CRISPR intellectual property for use in plants. […]

Soy yield prediction model wins Syngenta AI Challenge

· August 17, 2017

Syngenta and the AI for Good Foundation have named Tzvi Aviv, Ph.D., of Aviv Innovation and his partner, Vanessa Lundsgaard-Nielsen, Ph.D., of the University of Toronto, as the winners of the Syngenta AI Challenge. The contest recognizes and rewards innovative thinkers who use artificial intelligence (AI) tools to improve plant breeding by challenging them to […]

Texas grower can tell FiberMax difference in the gin

· August 17, 2017

More than 100 cotton growers qualified for the inaugural class of the FiberMax Maximizer Club in 2016, yielding 1,000 lb/A on dryland. To join the club, 121 growers qualified half-ton and higher yields with FiberMax varieties on dryland acres in 2016. “The three legs of the stool that support dryland production are science, art, and […]

Today’s markets: Housing starts and permits & EIA energy stocks

· August 16, 2017

We jumpstart the day with Housing Starts and Permits at 7:30 A.M. Central, EIA Energy Stocks at 9:30 A.M. and Dairy Product Sales at 2:00 P.M. The Grains took another pummeling in yesterday’s action. And one would have to ask, “How much more downside is there”? I am guessing with hot humid weather the next […]

Drought protection? Crops need thick layer of leaf wax

· August 16, 2017

Good news. Crops in dry areas or during stretches of drought can grow if the plants have been cultivated to protect themselves with a thicker layer of leaf wax, a new study shows. Sarah Feakins, a scientist at University of Southern California who has studied leaf wax in the context of climate change, teamed up […]

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