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Bayer’s investment and outlook for wheat

Bayer CropScience has a long-term innovation program to enhance global wheat production. The company initiated a wheat seeds business in 2010 in collaborations with wheat research institutions and acquisitions in the seed business.


How can IPM help us save the pollinators?

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.


Soil sampling techniques

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.


BAM-FX approved to for sale in seven states

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.


High value of neonic seed treatments confirmed

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 settles U.S. Clean Air Act case

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.


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