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Freeze Could Hit Hard Red Winter Wheat Fields

The condition of the hard red winter wheat crop in the states of Oklahoma and Kansas is precarious after temperatures dropped below freezing April 14-15. July Hard Red Winter wheat futures settled up 23 cents at the Chicago Board of Trade on April 15, due

Topdress Wheat by Feekes Growth Stage 5

Now that the wheat crop is beginning to green up and grow, farmers are scurrying to apply a post-winter application of nitrogen fertilizer, a practice commonly called topdressing.

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Repurposing Goes Mainstream

At a warehouse in eastern Denver, stacks of surplus materials will quickly jog the mind of innovative farmers and ranchers. A pile of rubber tracks removed from bulldozers are snapped up to be used as nonslip flooring for livestock. Row after row of old swimming pool covers work nicely as livestock shade. Stacks of maple bowling alley lanes make great bench tops in farm shops.

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Syngenta's AgriPro aims for hybrid wheat by 2020

Syngenta's AgriPro unit is three years into its hybrid wheat project at the company's Hard Red Winter wheat unit near Manhattan, Kansas.

Syngenta is going all-in on wheat hybrids; the company built state-of-the-art greenhouse facilities at the Manhattan location to support the hybrid program. The goal: to have hybrid wheat selections available to wheat farmers by the end of the decade.

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Hybrid wheat's comeback

Nearly 90 years after DuPont Pioneer successfully commercialized the first hybrid corn plants, the company plans to revolutionize the wheat industry in the same way.

Pioneer announced its intent in February to develop wheat hybrids, with an eye toward improving wheat yields at least 15 percent through the hybrid process.

"Wheat is such an important crop around the world," says Jim Borel, executive vice president, DuPont. "If we're going to feed 9 billion people sustainably by 2050, we're going to need to improve productivity for farmers everywhere."

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