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One Lucky Day
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Thu Jul 17, 2014 06:54 AM CDT

DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) -- I've always been lucky. Well ... I rarely go through a yard or a patch of clover without finding a four-leaf clover. Around one out of 10,000 clovers have four leaves, so I count it as a gift. I also find five-leaf versions routinely and have found up to seven leaves on clovers.

So I was a little surprised, but not astonished, to spot several four-leaf soybean leaflets at a Southern Illinois University agronomy plot near Belleville, Ill., last summer. Soybeans are typically trifoliate (have three leaves).

However, when I mentioned this find to soybean breeders, ...

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