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New Orleans Saints top Jacksonvillle Jaguars, 38-27, in home finale | NOLA.com

New Orleans Saints top Jacksonvillle Jaguars, 38-27, in home finale | NOLA.com: It was an anticlimactic home finale at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday afternoon.

There will be no playoffs or postseason accolades. The sparse amount of fans that traveled to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome alternated between booing Brandon Browner, cheering Delvin Breaux and Drew Brees and attempting the wave.

Weather rules grain fortunes during 2015 - Agriculture - Agribusiness - General News - Farm Weekly

Weather rules grain fortunes during 2015 - Agriculture - Agribusiness - General News - Farm Weekly: NEWS of a respectable 2014/15 13.52 million tonne harvest opened the new year, backing up WA's biggest ever season the year before.

The Albany and Esperance regions had standout results of 3.4mt and 2mt respectively and summer rains had growers in the North already primed for the next season.

Falls in the realm of hundreds of millimetres filled the soil profiles for many, with Carnamah grower Bob Dempster among those celebrating after 232mm fell on his property.

The earliest break of the season on record came at the beginning of April and spurred a flurry of activity when double digit rainfall affected 97 per cent of the Wheatbelt.

Sugar beets surge in Michigan - THonline.com: Agriculture

Sugar beets surge in Michigan - THonline.com: Agriculture: Michigan's sugar beet growers reported that they have harvested a record crop this year.
The Michigan Sugar Co., a Bay City-based grower-owned cooperative, said earlier this month that the total 2015 production was roughly 5 million tons, representing a record-setting yield of 31.6 tons per acre. Last year, growers delivered about 4.7 million tons with a yield of 29.6 tons per acre.
Michigan Sugar CEO Mark Flegenheimer credits production increases to technological advances.
In a news release, he praised the farmers' ability to overcome severe weather that hit the rural Thumb and Saginaw Valley regions during the growing season.
The state's sugar beet harvest is being processed at four Michigan Sugar facilities.

Agriculture is big threat to water quality. These farmers are doing something about it. - CSMonitor.com

Agriculture is big threat to water quality. These farmers are doing something about it. - CSMonitor.com: ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT
Agriculture is big threat to water quality. These farmers are doing something about it.
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Agriculture, with its fertilizers, has emerged as the biggest threat to water quality in many parts of the US. Some farmers are trying new conservation strategies.
By Richard Mertens, Correspondent DECEMBER 27, 2015
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DECATUR, IND. — Mike Werling shoulders his way into a field of head-high corn and peers down a row.

“That’s a beautiful sight!” he exclaims.

It was not the corn that delighted Mr. Werling in late September as much as what was growing underneath. Shoots of rapeseed and rye poked up through the dirt, spreading a green flush beneath the tangled leaves. The new plants, sown the week before into the ripe corn, will remain in the field long after the harvest. They’ll protect the soil over the winter and absorb nutrients that might otherwise find their way into the St. Marys River, whose brown-green waters flow past Werling’s farm on their way to Lake Erie.

From Cattle to Coffee, Farmers Weather Worst of El Ni�o - WSJ

From Cattle to Coffee, Farmers Weather Worst of El Ni�o - WSJ: Two thousand of Troy Setter’s dark-haired cattle have been trekking along centuries-old paths through isolated Australian farmland, chomping on grass and roadside vegetation to fatten up before slaughter.

The migration recalls a bygone era, but this is no nostalgic trip. The most severe El Ni�o in nearly two decades has parched pastures in eastern Australia, leaving cattle short of feed.