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usda [4/29/2016] U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program today during a local and regional food roundtable in Columbus, Ohio.

soybean cyst nematode[4/20/2016] The soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is a serious pest of Minnesota soybean and has been managed with crop rotation and soybean varieties with resistance to SCN. This approach is becoming less effective, however, because SCN populations virulent on (able to reproduce on and damage) SCN resistant soybeans are increasingly widespread. A seed treatment biological (Clariva™ Complete, Syngenta Crop Protection®) has been labeled for management of SCN.

Bruce Potter[4/6/2016] Soybean cyst nematodes have become so commonplace that farmers may wonder if there is anything they can do about it. Putting up the white flag is rarely the best solution - especially when these nematodes can reduce soybean yields by 5-8 bushels per acre. "The way to look at SCN is they make a lot of other problems worse," said Bruce Potter, University of Minnesota Integrated Pest Management specialist.

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