In Perspective: Reviewing the top issues of 2013
“Please stop and read the products Rich Keller and I chose as the Top 10 products of 2013. We think these products will help ag retailers and consultants do their jobs easier, better and more efficiently and thereby improve their farmers' operations.” As you sit down to read this issue of AgProfessional, the main work of the 2013 cropping season has wrapped up. As you prepare for the end of the year holidays, it’s a time to pause and reflect on the previous year.
It seems 2013 was a little kinder to crops across the Midwest. Although drought hung on in some areas, crops seemed to get enough water to produce a bumper crop at the end of the season. Last year’s small grain stocks appear to have been replenished with this year’s good harvest. Of course, it is uncertain how winter precipitation will impact next spring’s planting or if drought will carry into next season.
Seed companies continue to make progress on developing seed technologies to help farmers who are battling drought conditions. In the future, drought traits will be found in more and more seed offerings, which will help justify higher seed costs through higher yields.
Crop fertility and fertilizer issues also were big news in 2013. Concerns over nutrients in the nation’s waterways gained a lot of attention. Several states are working to improve water quality in river drainage basins by setting up new nutrient criteria. As we move into a new year, these issues will only continue to gain more traction and public awareness. Preserving the ability to apply fertilizer will be critical for farmers’ and ag retailers’ livelihoods. Be sure to be aware of issues in your state and don’t hesitate to get involved.
Although the introduction of new active ingredients has slowed in recent years, several new products were launched in 2013. Future introductions look to remain slow as crop protection companies aim to tweak existing formulations or to combine active ingredients into new combinations.
Another hot button issue this year was genetically modified crops and the subsequent GMO labeling bills. States in the Northeast aimed to create a GMO labeling bloc by requiring contiguous states to pass similar legislation. At the end of 2013, that is in jeopardy as New Hampshire voted down its bill, threatening Maine’s GMO labeling bill.
The measure to label GMOs in Washington State was rejected by voters this fall. Many expected the labeling issue to pass, but the defeat has only reinvigorated anti-GMO activists who are redoubling their eff orts to get a large state to pass a GMO labeling bill. These activists have already announced their intention to bring bills to a public vote in 2014’s elections in order to reach a wider voting audience.
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- Ag markets proved rather volatile Wednesday morning
- Draft EIS comment period closes with Enlist support
- Launch of Open Ag Data Alliance supports farmer/data privacy
- MANA introduces Captan Gold
- Report: Australia could play larger role in Asian food security
- Anniversary at Bayer CropScience SeedGrowth conference
- Are you in favor of a federal labeling standard for food that might contain genetically modified ingredients?
- Commentary: Barking up the wrong tree
- Larson Electronics offers 150 Watt LED high bay light fixture
- Julie Borlaug says biotech is necessary in fight against hunger
- Water allocation for most drought-stricken Calif. farms to end
- CLA responds to EPA’s proposed worker protection standard
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