May 29, 2012
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Excess Rain in the Upper Midwest 1

Some areas of southern and central Minnesota received excessive rainfall on May 23 and 24, which caused some crop damage due to standing water in fields. Most of the region received 1-2 in. of rain, with several locations receiving 3-5 in. or more in a 24-hour period. In addition to the heavy rainfall amounts, some areas also were impacted by hail damage to newly emerged crops, and by strong winds, which caused some property damage. Fortunately most of the property damage was fairly isolated in nature....More
May 29, 2012
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Technology Key to Feeding the World 1

A panel of experts at the Alltech International Symposium that was to debate questions such as “How will we feed a world of 9 billion people?” didn’t have much debate: All four panelists said the key is technology, including GMOs....More
May 22, 2012
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Is This Your Kid? The Bottom Half of the Bell Curve 1

Over the past few months I have guest lectured in agriculture and business classes at various universities and colleges. Of course, times are changing since my days in the classroom when I taught over 10,000 students at Virginia Tech and Cornell University. Today’s classrooms have an abundance of technology at one's disposal, for both professors and students with a wide range of interests and agendas....More
May 22, 2012
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Planting, Herbicides and Farm Programs 1

Across southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, nearly all the intended corn is planted, and over 90% of the soybeans were planted as of May 18. Most of the corn and many of the soybeans that are planted in this region have emerged, and stands look fairly good....More

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