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Syngenta Defends GMO Corn as Merger Shifts Blame to China's Door

For farmers like Darrell Stamp, 2013 was a corn crop to forget.

A bumper crop created a glut of corn and depressed prices. Making matters worse, China rejected shipments of U.S. corn because of contamination from unapproved genetically modified corn varieties. Prices had crashed 40 percent by the time Stamp sold his crop.

“It was a terrible payout, and we barely broke even,” said Stamp, whose family has been tilling its 3,000-acre spread in Walnut, Iowa, since 1882. “The market really never came back.”

AgTech Investment is Booming

If it seems to you advanced ag technology is invading farm fields across America, you should see Silicon Valley. Investors have poured more than $10 billion into agtech inventions since 2014, according to AgFunder, an online marketplace tracking the sector.

One thing that has become increasingly clear to many investors:  farmers are key to the process.

Top 7 Ways Farmers Are Saving Money in 2017

There’s more than one way to stretch a dollar. In fact, according to a March 2017 Farm Journal Media survey of more than 500 farmers, they’ve identified more than a dozen ways they plan to reduce or economize input costs in 2017. Seven in particular were the most popular.

Here were the top responses. (Note: Respondents were able to give more than one answer.)

1. Reduce farm equipment purchases (67%)

Make Seed Treatments Last Longer

When you think of stewardship do you remember to keep seed treatments in the conversation? Just like herbicides, the pests controlled by seed treatment could develop resistance if stewardship is ignored—making the treatment’s value shorter lived.

While planting this year be mindful of stewardship by following the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) five step process.

New Technique to Develop Crop Protection Products

Researchers at the University of Surrey and the University of Queensland have found a new way to create crop protection products that doesn’t involve synthetic chemicals or genetically modified crops. By combining clay nanoparticles with designer RNAs, researchers are able to silence specific plant genes. 

FarmLogs Introduces a New Benchmarking Tool

Discover the value of products on your farm faster by combining efforts with farmers across the U.S., that’s what FarmLogs promises with their new “FarmLogs’ Research Network.” The group plans to give farmers access to benchmarking information they say will help inform their input decisions.

Bayer/Monsanto Seeking Merger Approval from 30 Countries

With farmer and regulator eyes turned toward the two companies, Bayer and Monsanto technology leads on Thursday repeated their confidence the merger will close by the end of 2017. The companies need approval from regulatory authorities in 30 countries.

“We’ve submitted information to 20 and everything is on track,” said Adrian Percy, head of research and development at Bayer CropScience during a press conference at Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas.

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