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7 ag stories you might have missed this week

Farmers favor Trump, dicamba troubles and Obama signs GMO legislation.

Janet Kubat Willette

August 5, 2016

2 Min Read

Need a quick catch up on the news? Here are seven agricultural stories you might have missed this week.

1. Farm Futures latest survey of growers puts the corn crop at 14.59 billion bushels and the soybean harvest at 3.865 billion bushels. The corn harvest would be a record, though the estimated yield of 168.8 bushels per acre would be less than 2014. The soybean harvest is predicted to be the third largest, with average yields of 46.65 bushels per acre. – Farm Futures


2. Monsanto released Xtend soybeans this year, but the EPA hasn’t approved the new dicamba herbicide to spray on the soybeans. However, some farmers are spraying it anyway and damaging neighbor’s crops in the process. In Missouri, more than 100 farmers have filed complaints about herbicide drift. – NPR

3. Bayer is reported to be reviewing Monsanto’s books. Bayer had asked for access to the books after its first offer to buy the company, but it wasn’t until it raised its bid to $125 per share that access was granted, according to sources familiar with the matter. – Farm Futures

4. Precision agriculture tools, including those offered by Climate Corporation, offer opportunities for farmers to boost yield to feed growing population. – CNNMoney

5. Farmers favor Republicans in presidential elections and in a recent Farm Futures poll, Republican nominee Donald Trump garnered support from 73% of respondents. – Farm Futures

6. Scientists are studying Amish children to learn more about the origins of asthma. Turns out exposure to livestock helps protect children from asthma. – Los Angeles Times

7. President Obama signed the GMO-compromise legislation. His signature brings to a close the legislative debate that traces its way back to at least 2014, when Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, proposed legislation that wouldn’t allow states to require GMO labeling. – Farm Futures

And your bonus:

Fred Seipt, 82, turned down millions offered by developers for his Lansdale, Penn., farm 25 years ago and instead turned to ‘agritainment’ to support his small farm. He built two miniature golf courses, a driving range, a pro shop and baseball batting cages. He continues to raise corn and pumpkins. –

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