By Ric Bessin and John Obrycki, University of Kentucky
While growers can potentially find any type of insect pest in the high tunnel, whiteflies and thrips are the most common … and the most troublesome. These pests have several characteristics in common that makes them difficult to manage.
Rejections of U.S. distillers' dried grain (DDGs) shipments, first by China and then by Turkey, are isolated events and not a sign of broader trade disruptions to come, U.S. traders and industry sources said on Friday.
Agrievolution Alliance says manufacturers of tractors and agricultural machines are less satisfied with their current business situation than they have been in the past four years, based on responses to its latest biannual survey of machine manufacturers and importers.
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) announcement of a proposed rule to exempt more organic farmers and handlers from paying into conventional commodity check-off programs, saying this is an important step that recognizes the organic industry's unique needs, and lets the industry decide where its dollars are best spent.
Corn futures stabilized Wednesday morning. Despite current concerns about the global economic & political situation, corn futures are pretty stable. News that China is lifting its ban on Syngenta’s Viptera GMO corn is probably providing persistent support, since their ban greatly diminished U.S. corn & DDG exports early this year. The weekly EIA report looked supportive of ethanol industry demand. March corn futures inched 0.5 cent lower to $4.055/bushel late Wednesday morning, while July lost 0.5 to $4.205.
New research by Steve Penfield, Ph.D., from the John Innes Centre has found that 'mother' plants remember the seasons and use this memory to teach their seeds the time of year and tell them when they should germinate.
China news probably supported corn Tuesday morning. Corn futures decline in concert with financial markets Monday night as the diving Russian ruble and depressed financial markets reflected growing concern about a global recession. However, early morning confirmation that China is lifting its ban on Syngenta’s Viptera GMO corn sparked fresh optimism about U.S. export prospects, thereby limiting CBOT losses. March corn futures slid 2.0 cents to $4.065/bushel late Tuesday morning, while July dipped 1.75 to $4.2375.