Morocco Suspends Common Wheat Duties
World Grain – 11/2/2018
The government of Morocco on Oct. 20 said it will suspend customs duties on common wheat, a move that will result in the country not retendering approximately 67,000 tonnes of remaining volume of U.S. common wheat under the free trade agreement, according to an Oct. 28 Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The suspension was put into effect on Nov. 1 and will last until Dec. 31.

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As China Soy Demand Wavers, U.S. Farmers Turn Back to Grains
Successful Farming – 11/2/2018
Since the mid-2000s, North Dakota farmer Paul Thomas has planted more of his land with soybeans as China’s demand for the oilseed grew. The shift culminated this year when Thomas planted 1,600 of his 5,000 acres with soybeans, the most ever. But Thomas and many farmers like him plan to return to the old U.S. farm belt staples in 2019: corn and wheat. The change will reverse a trend that saw U.S. farmers plant more acreage this year with soybeans than corn for the first time in 35 years.

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Plant Breeder Taps Latest Technology to Feed the World
New York Ag Connection 
– 11/5/2018
Mike Gore, Ph.D. ’09, hears the clock ticking. And while it’s not an alarm clock, it’s part of what gets him going every day. Gore, associate professor of molecular breeding and genetics for nutritional quality, Liberty Hyde Bailey professor and international professor of plant breeding and genetics, conducts research at the intersection of several disciplines. His lab uses quantitative genetics, genomics, analytical chemistry and remote sensing to explore the genetic basis of trait variation in crops such as corn, oat and cassava. Plant breeding has been going on for 10,000 years, he said, but technology — unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), robots, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning — is revolutionizing the practice.

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Farmers Seeing The Results of A Challenging Year
The Courier Express – 11/2/2018
Early crop returns are in and local farmers painted a mixed picture when discussing what they gathered during harvest and what they expect to make on the market. “The combined effect is we’re going to be looking for some hard times and continuation of it,” said Tom Croner, a farmer in Somerset County. “It’s going to push us . . . we’re still in mid-harvest, so we don’t have everything sold at this point. But we do have an idea of what the market is going to be like. And there’s nothing we have here that excites us about getting a return on our investment. It will be break-even at best.”

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Winter Wheat the Focus for Many Illinois Farmers
The X Radio – 11/1/2018
A boost in wheat acres appears to have worked out well for many Illinois farmers this year, particularly those who followed it with double-crop soybeans. Illinois farmers produced an average wheat yield of 66 bushels per acre this year with reports of double-crop beans yielding in the mid-to-upper 50s. That success, along with some planting windows in the past month, could add up to even more wheat seedings for 2019.

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Source: U.S. Wheat Associates