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7 ag stories you might have missed this week

7 ag stories you might have missed this week
EPA evaluates carcinogenic potential of glyphosate, wheat quality tour and America's Farmers Mom of the Year winner announced.

Busy in the fields this week and need a quick catch up on the news? Here are seven stories you may have missed.

1. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Cancer Assessment Review Committee evaluated the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate and found herbicide is “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” The report was released and then pulled by EPA. – Farm Futures

2. A flock of 39,000 turkeys in Missouri was destroyed following the detection of bird flu. The flock was infected with the H5N1 virus, which is low-pathogenic. -The Wall Street Journal

Safrinha corn, America Pharoah and bird flu were in the news this week.

3. Safrinha corn, or Brazil’s second crop corn, accounts for about 65% of Brazil’s corn production. Safrinha has gained attention in world markets because this year’s dry growing season likely hurt yields. – Farm Futures

4. Oklahoma farmer Carl Barnes has isolated several traditional strains of corn seed as he strives to connect with his Native American heritage. He has what is now known as Glass Gem Corn. – inhabitat

5. The Hard Red Winter Wheat Quality Tour made 306 stops on its first day and came up with a projected harvest yield of 47.2 bushels per acre. Maturity of crop ranges from flowering to flag leaf to early boot. – Farm Futures

6. The Weed Science Society of America found that in the United States and Canada about half of corn and soybeans would be lost to weeds if farmers were forced to eliminate herbicides. The cost would be about $43 billion annually. – Farm Futures

7. Just in time for Mother’s Day, Kentucky farmer Mary Courtney was named the national winner of Monsanto’s 2016 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest. Courtney is the mother of four and she and her husband, Shane, raise fruits, vegetables and grains. – Farm Futures

And your bonus:

In honor of the Kentucky Derby on May 7, meet American Pharoah, the first horse in 37 years to win the triple crown of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. The horse now spends most his afternoons greeting visitors at the Coolmore America farm. – USA Today

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