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RFS proposal sends hopeful signal to biodiesel industry

In late June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed an increase in the biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuel categories under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). While the proposed increase sends a very positive signal to the industry, EPA’s granting of dozens of retroactive small refinery hardship exemptions undercut prior …

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Reminders about dicamba

By Mark Loux, Ohio State University Extension herbicide specialist This is the time of year when we received our first call about dicamba problems in soybeans in 2017. We can probably expect any problems to become evident soon, based on the timing of postemergence applications and timeline for development of …

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Brown spot and frogeye: Know the difference

By Anne Dorrance, Ohio State University Extension plant pathologist. As farmers and consultants have been out checking their soybean stands, they are finding spots on the leaves. The most common spotting on the unifoliates and first leaves is caused by Septoria glycines. This is a fungus that overwinters on the previous soybean …

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Market volatility likely to continue

By Doug Tenney, Leist Mercantile The “word for the day” certainly became multi-faceted last month. Words such as, trade, tariffs, retaliatory, deadlines, rhetoric, and US/China all combined for lower prices for soybeans, corn, and wheat, and developed into just one word: volatility. US/China trade relations for a brief moment in …

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Federal judge rules against California’s attorney general in Prop 65 Case

In another win for U.S. agriculture and the national agriculture coalition fighting California’s false and misleading Prop 65 labeling requirement for glyphosate, U.S. District Court Judge William Shubb, for the Eastern District of California, upheld the preliminary injunction prohibiting California from enforcing the requirement until a final ruling on the matter …

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