An interdisciplinary and inter-institutional program to develop novel plant traits and new varieties will provide opportunities for scientists to meet future needs in crop production, said Rogers Leonard, LSU AgCenter associate vice chancellor and program leader for plant and soil sciences.
The Northeastern IPM Center will host a discussion on the topic of pollinators in a live-streamed web event. The discussion is entitled, "Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Pollinators: What is the appropriate role for IPM on the issue of pollinators?" The Northeastern IPM Center has invited four speakers from the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the Natural Resources Defense Council, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the US Environmental Protection Agency to provide an update on current issues surrounding pollinator health.
With corn grain yields coming in at near record highs in Pennsylvania, it is important to remember the basis for those yields comes from a proper crop nutrition program and fundamental soil testing. Over a month ago, an article titled “Some Soil Testing Ideas” reminded producers of some simple tips to improving soil sampling methods. This article is intended to expound upon those ideas.
Zero Gravity Solutions, Inc. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, BAM Agricultural Solutions, Inc. (“BASI”), has completed the regulatory requirements necessary to commence the sale and distribution of the company’s first commercial product, BAM-FX in seven states.
A new study of North American corn, soybean and canola farmers conducted by independent agricultural economists finds that the value of neonicotinoid seed treatments is among the highest of all insect management practices. The detailed research examined the pest management operations of farmers in Canada and the United States, including the use of non-monetary factor analysis and econometric methods, to estimate a total farmer value of $1.4 billion in these crops – surpassing the value of alternative practices.
Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc, the world's largest fertilizer producer, will spend about $50 million on improvements and pay a $1.3 million civil penalty to resolve U.S. charges that it violated the Clean Air Act.
The settlement resolves claims by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that three Potash units violated the law by modifying facilities in ways that released excess sulfur dioxide into nearby communities.
Corn futures couldn’t follow beans Thursday night. The corn market has recently rallied in concert with beans. However, Thursday’s export data on the yellow grain was much less impressive than the bean result, which seemingly broke that link for the moment. December corn futures sagged 2.5 cents to $3.6875/bushel early Friday morning, while May lost 2.25 to $3.905.