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Multi-State Research Looks at Means for Optimizing Inputs to Enhance Profits April 21, 2017

Six researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are working on the USDA-NIFA-funded Data Intensive Farm Management (DIFM) project. DIFM is based at the University of Illinois, and also involves the Universities of Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Illinois State.

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Proposed changes in top private agricultural chemical and seed research ownership

Mergers and Competition in Seed and Agricultural Chemical Markets April 10, 2017

Under recent merger proposals, the six global firms that dominate private agricultural chemical and seed research and production would be reduced to four. In the most recent edition of Amber Waves, a USDA Economic Research Service site, economic researchers examine possible effects of these changes in seed and ag chemical markets, including on prices and innovation. The “Big Six” — BASF, Bayer, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Monsanto, and Syngenta — emerged in the 1990s and early 2000s, arising from mergers among large chemical, pharmaceutical, and seed companies as well as from their acquisitions of many smaller seed and biotechnology companies.

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Crop Protection Contributions toward Agricultural Productivity, a CAST paper April 5, 2017

Crop Protection Contributions toward Agricultural Productivity, a paper in the series on the Need for Agricultural Innovation to Sustainably Feed the World by 2050, published by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST).

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Kansas University Research: ‘Weather Whiplash’ Triggered by Changing Climate will Degrade Midwest’s Drinking Water April 3, 2017

One consequence of global climate change is the likelihood of more extreme seesawing between drought and flood, a phenomenon dubbed “weather whiplash.” In a peer-reviewed study researchers at the University of Kansas discuss how weather whiplash in the American Midwest's agricultural regions may after water quality, forcing municipalities to seek costly remedies to provide safe drinking water to residents.

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The U2U Corn Growing Degree Day Tool: Tracking Corn Growth Across the US Corn Belt April 3, 2017

In a recent journal article authors discuss the Corn Growing Degree Day (Corn GDD) tool developed by Useful to Usable (U2U), one of several products that transform existing data into usable products for the agricultural community. The article, published in Climate Risk Management, explores the science behind the tool.

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