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Large Levels Of Lime Cause Risks

Applying large amounts of lime can result in fairly rapid and substantial increases in soil pH at shallow soil depths. Although the lime eventually moves deeper into the soil profile, and the pH at the soil surface equilibrates and decreases somewhat, the temporary increase in pH can have consequences for the persistence and activity of herbicides applied this spring.
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No-Till, Swathing May Help Fight Sawfly

The wheat stem sawfly continued to spread eastward in 2009, giving producers another headache, says Jan Knodel, North Dakota State University entomologist. No-Till and swathing could help provide control against this damaging pest.
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Variety Selection Tips Based On Yield Data

variety selection is about much more than just yield. Growers also need to evaluate the various combinations of maturities, defensive traits and herbicide traits that are important to them. Even with all that, there is still a high priority on yield potential and it’s easy to see why.
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USDA: Corn, Soybeans Yield Record Highs

The final report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the 2009 corn and soybean harvest is one for the record books. Despite poor planting conditions, a cool, wet growing season, and an abysmal harvest that still sees mostly corn standing in fields, American farmers shattered records for both yield per acre and total production.
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Aphid Host Buckthorn Being Studied For Impact

An exotic invasive shrub, introduced in the 1800s as a garden plant, is being studied to demonstrate how its presence has a cascading damaging effect on natural flora and fauna, no-till agriculture and public health. Ohio State University entomologists are collaborating with Michigan State University and Iowa State University in a three-year research project to determine the distribution of buckthorn throughout Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota and Iowa.
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