Scout wheat fields closely for the presence of foliar disease before applying a fungicide. Generally speaking, a fungicide produces a more economical benefit when applied prior to disease occurring or at the earliest stages of disease development, rather than being applied as an automatic application.
Army cutworms have been spotted feeding on winter wheat seedlings in fields located in South Dakota. The specifics for South Dakota are pertinent to many other winter wheat fields outside of the state. An Extension specialist also provides identification specifics.
India has bought up to 80,000 tonnes of Australian wheat in recent deals, three trade sources said on Tuesday, the biggest such imports by the country in five years as unseasonal rains damage the crop at home.
Corn futures rebounded Wednesday. The USDA Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports sent corn prices tumbling Tuesday, but the market firmed overnight. Prices staged a moderate recovery this afternoon, with sentiment surging after the weekly EIA energy report stated domestic ethanol stocks at their lowest level since early January. May corn futures closed 5.5 cents higher at $3.8175/bushel Wednesday, while December moved up 6.0 to $4.0675.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture is making available $332 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will accept ACEP applications to help productive farm and ranch lands remain in agriculture and to protect the nation's critical wetlands and grasslands, home to diverse wildlife and plant species.
March marked the first anniversary of BioConsortia, Inc., with major U.S. operations. The ag biotech company noted a lot has happened in one short year, and it announced field work that will be occurring in 2015.
Mark Schwarzländer, University of Idaho CALS professor of entomology and biological control of weeds, counts himself among the dwindling number of land-grant university researchers who focus exclusively on weed biocontrol.
Farmland prices in Iowa, the top U.S. corn and soybean state, are down by an average 7.6 percent over the past six months and 11 percent from a year ago, pressured by lower grain prices and firmer interest rates, according to a survey released Tuesday.