Over the past few weeks, Ohio State University researchers have been receiving calls, emails and texts about finding large caterpillars feeding on corn ears. In most cases, these are turning out to be Western bean cutworms.
This week, Larry Bledsoe, Entomology Field Research, sampled some southern Indiana soybean fields for an unrelated insect. However, what he found in a few fields at R5 growth stage, were large numbers of green stink bugs. He did emphasize that there was tremendous variability between fields.
Western Potash Corp. announced that the company received, at the special general meeting of its shareholders held on Aug. 24, 2015, shareholder approval for a transaction pursuant to which Beijing Tairui Innovation Capital Management Ltd. will purchase 238,264,635 common shares at a price of $0.3358 per share for an aggregate purchase price of $80,000,000 (the "Tairui Investment").
A study led by Indiana State Climatologist Dev Niyogi of Purdue University has determined that existing crop models can reliably forecast corn yields during times of climate variability, specifically the El Niño and La Niña systems that influence temperature and precipitation in certain growing seasons.
AutoProbe Technologies, LLC, Little Rock, Ark., continues to grow its network of AutoProbe intensive sampling system providers and grower owners. Nelson Precision Ag Consulting & Technology (NPACT, LLC), Jackson, Neb., announced purchase of the AutoProbe automated soil sampler.
The grain and oilseed markets firmed early Thursday morning ahead of the export sales report and after the DJIA closed 4% higher Wednesday and the Shanghai Composite closed 5.4% higher Thursday, seeming to stabilize the financial markets.