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9/2/2015 12:00:00 AM
Regulatory issues continue to be a focus for cotton industry leaders. Many were discussed by Reece Langley, National Cotton Council vice president, Washington Operations, at the mid-August ACP-Cotton Foundation joint meeting in New Orleans. Read more on what was on the list from this Delta Farm Press article.

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9/2/2015 12:00:00 AM
As silage harvest progresses, growers are starting to think about planting cover crops. Using wheat or other small grains as a cover crop is a common choice, but brings a concern that is easily overlooked: Hessian fly.

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9/2/2015 12:00:00 AM
Farmers gathered at Brent Kelly Farms in East Ladner last Thursday for the annual B.C. Potato Variety Trail Field Day to see new varieties that have been grown in a test field. Many are new to the region and some of the varieties were developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and various breeding programs. Farmers from B.C. and other provinces, as well as the U.S., were joined by food retail representatives at Thursday's event to see if the new varieties are not only viable as far as Delta's growing conditions, but also whether consumers could ultimately be interested in buying them.

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9/2/2015 12:00:00 AM
The science surrounding a low-fat diet has changed but our attitudes haven't kept up, a dietitian says. The idea that saturated fats were associated with high cholesterol and heart disease was sparked by the Seven Countries Study of middle-aged men in Greece, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Japan, Finland and the U.S. "Fat is not the enemy," Russell de Souza, a registered dietitian and professor of nutritional epidemiology at McMaster University, said. "What's more important than the amount of fat we consume is the type of fat we consume." As one example, he compared the labels on low-fat baked potato chips with regular potato chips. The low-fat chips are lower in fat, but also higher in carbohydrates and sugar.

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9/2/2015 12:00:00 AM
As the Lay's Do Us a Flavour contest nears closer to an end - Canadians have until September 30th to vote, with the winner being announced in late November-we're taking a look at how important it is to not only market your product, but also pursue new and inventive techniques to get consumers interested. This contest, put on by Lay's Potato Chips, is important for several different reasons. For starters, the contest takes place in Canada and the United States, proving that both countries have a large audience interested in this type of marketing campaign.

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9/2/2015 12:00:00 AM
The United States is the world's top exporter of processed-potato products. Over the past decade, those exports have grown 127 percent, reaching a record $1.5 billion in 2014 and far outpacing growth in U.S. exports of fresh potatoes. Export markets for U.S. potato products have become more diversified in recent years, and sales have been especially strong to new Asian markets. Japan was the top export destination in 2014, followed by Canada, Mexico, China and South Korea, reported USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service this month.

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9/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
As citrus greening continues to impact Florida's groves, growers have found that they need a way to quickly and accurately count the amount of fruit dropped early to help identify problem areas, which will save time and money. Read more on the approach from this Southeast Farm Press article.

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9/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
This is the home stretch for beans, but there are still a few diseases in your crop that might only become apparent to you now. Most of these are root or stem infections that cause the leaves to turn early or become necrotic-which is why you initially notice them. But you'll probably have to look beyond the leaves to get your answer.

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9/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
With any new pest, and particularly when the insect populations build to astronomical levels, there are many kinds of stories floating around. Many will be factual, some ridiculous, and some are alarming. Recently, one of the stories that was alarming said that the sugarcane aphid in Mexico has developed resistance to insecticides and was eating up corn. Read more on this story from this Texas Panhandle Pest News article.

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9/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
As Louisiana soybeans progress into late summer, producers and consultants should be wary of late-season defoliators such as soybean loopers, velvet bean caterpillars and lingering populations of corn earworms. Read more on each of these late-season defoliators from this Delta Farm Press report.

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