A waterhemp population from southeast Nebraska has been confirmed to be resistant to 2,4-D. The resistant population is believed to be limited to a few fields. Full story
Is another Dust Bowl in the works?
A number of sizable dust storms, ongoing drought and intense heat this past summer have many wondering if another Dust Bowl is in the works. The Dust Bowl Era was a series of drought years spanning the early and middle 1930s, which was made worse by wind storms that blew away a large amount of topsoil on the Great Plains. Full story
EPA database of inert pesticide ingredients
EPA’s Pesticide Program has released a new online searchable database, called Inert Finder. Full story
Multiple modes of action needed for weed control
Challenges posed by glyphosate-resistant weeds are making it clear that long-term weed control must be based on best weed management practices with multiple modes of action. Full story
Do farm subsidies cause obesity?
A white paper released by Food & Water Watch and the Public Health Institute challenges the common assumption that government subsidies to farmers growing corn, soybeans and other commodity crops is a primary factor in increasing rates of obesity. Full story
CrescoAg and Smartfield to partner
CrescoAg LLC, an agricultural information management company, has signed a regional license agreement with Smartfield Inc., an information technology company that provides in-crop analysis tools to enable crop management decisions. Full story
Stem rust-resistant wheat landraces identified
USDA scientists have identified a number of stem rust-resistant wheat varieties and are retesting them to verify their resistance. Full story
New bacteria toxins against resistant insects
German scientists have modified the molecular structure of two Bt toxins, Cry1Ab and Cry1Ac, in order to overcome resistance. The novel toxins, Cry1AbMod and Cry1AcMod, are effective against five resistant insect species. Full story
Secure your business’s data storage
The problem in relying on computerized records is what happens if all that data collected and stored on the office or home computer is destroyed or lost? Use these tips to protect your data. Full story
By Doane Economist
USDA released a new Crop Progress report on Oct. 17. Corn harvest progress increased 14 points last week to 47 percent. This compares to 66 percent a year ago and 43 percent for the 10-year average. Harvest progress also exceeded trade expectations in the 40 to 45 percent range. Despite the late planting, favorable weather has allowed corn harvest to pull ahead of the long-term average. USDA reports soybean harvesting progress is at 69 percent versus the 10-year average at 64 and 81 percent last year. USDA reported the cotton crop harvest at 34 percent complete, up eight points from the previous week. Winter wheat planting progress increased to 73 percent, up from 59 percent the previous week. Planting is only a few points behind the 10-year average at 77 percent.