Crop conditions dip again

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The condition of the corn and soybean crops continued to deteriorate through the week ending Sunday, with the percentage of the U.S. corn crop rated good to excellent by the U.S. Department of Agriculture dropping from 60 percent last week to 57 percent this week. A year ago 70 percent of the U.S. corn crop…


Corn, Soybean Crop Conditions Unchanged, USDA Says; Cotton Gains

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The condition of the U.S. corn and soybean crops was unchanged last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. About 60 percent of the corn in the top 18 producing states was in good or excellent condition as of yesterday, the USDA said today in a report. A year earlier, 69 percent got the top…


Corn growers assess crop conditions

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The National Corn Growers Association’s “Field Notes” podcast series this week visits with Maryland grower Chip Bowling, Kentucky grower Sam Hancock, Illinois grower Tom Martin and Minnesota grower DeVonna Zeug to get an on-the-ground assessment of the crop condition in comparison with the crop condition estimates released by the USDA in a report earlier this…


Rural poor in Vietnam face harsher living conditions

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More rural Vietnamese are struggling with meager diets, less agricultural land and lower wages during the 2008-2010 period, according to recently released data. The study, which was released on Wednesday (July 6), is based on evidence gathered in the former Ha Tay, Lao Cai, Phu Tho, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Nghe An, Quang Nam, Khanh…


Growing Conditions for Daylilies

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The daylily (Hemerocallis) is a popular garden plant known for its orange, trumpet-shaped flowers. This perennial grows best in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 2 through 10. With proper care, your daylilies will thrive. Identification Daylilies are easy to grow, according to Floridata, as long as they are kept in well-drained soil that…


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