To help U.S. corn growers and consultants tackle growing insect resistance to Bt corn, university researchers have developed an online seminar series titled "Corn Rootworm Management in the Transgenic Era."
AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, announced its AGCO Parts Books to Go mobile application program has significantly expanded AGCO's parts mobile app functionality.
Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, plans to open its first plant in Russia in coming years, stepping up its activities in the world's fourth largest grain producer as it seeks to counter the effects of a plunging rouble.
Cropland prices in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming declined some in the final six months of 2014, while demand for pastureland remained strong. The latest benchmark farm values and sales data tracked by Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) continue to point to a "soft landing" for farmland after years of price increases.
By Bradley L. Zwilling, Brandy M. Krapf and Dwight D. Raab, University of Illinois
The idea that larger farms have a more efficient cost structure was explored in the July 18, 2014 article. That earlier article looked at some of the variable costs (crop costs and power & equipment costs) that seem to be attention getting when considering economies of scale in farming.
The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) recently submitted its third statement in a series of comments to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) concerning a rulemaking that could have broad impacts on futures market performance and hedging efficiency for the grain, feed, processing and export industry.
Oxitec and the Gorgas Institute in Panama announced the result of the outdoor pilot of Oxitec OX513A, an engineered strain of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The outcome was a reduction of over 90 percent in the local population of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the dengue and chikungunya viruses.
In comments submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Soybean Association (ASA) disagreed with the conclusions of a recent report from EPA that calls into question the efficacy of neonicotinoid seed treatments in soybean operations.