The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced Friday the agency plans to prepare two separate environmental impact statements (EIS) to better inform decision-making regarding the regulatory status of crops genetically engineered (GE) to be resistant to the herbicides known as 2,4 dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and dicamba. Full story
Dow is finalizing Enlist education plots
The trend is for glyphosate-resistant and hard-to-control weeds to spread fast and probably continue to spread at an even faster rate without new state-of-the-art solutions, which Dow AgroSciences contends should include the Enlist Weed Control System that is pending registration. Full story
AGCO to spend $42 million to expand Minnesota facility
AGCO has begun further expansion of its Jackson, Minn., manufacturing center. During the next three years, AGCO will invest an estimated $42 million in infrastructure, increasing production capacity and efficiency in order to help meet growing demand for the tractors and application equipment built there. Full story
FMC launches Authority Elite herbicide
FMC Agricultural Products announced the addition of Authority Elite herbicide to the Authority line of herbicides for soybean growers. Full story
New nitrogen fertilizer plant to be built in North Dakota
Northern Plains Nitrogen (NPN) leaders announced plans last week to build and operate a $1.5 billion nitrogen fertilizer production facility near Grand Forks, N.D. Full story
Assessing nitrogen needs after early season precipitation
With dry conditions last summer and early precipitation growers may be having a harder time assessing nitrogen needs this year. Full story
Vermont legislature considering GMO food labeling
Vermont’s state legislature is the next state to consider a bill that would require food be labeled if it contained genetically modified ingredients. On Thursday, Vermont’s House approved a bill (H.112) that would require GMOs to be labeled on all food. Full story
Ag immigration provisions likely to avoid controversy
Agriculture provisions of comprehensive immigration legislation should come through upcoming Senate hearings intact, industry leaders say. Full story
Precision Laboratories releases update to Mix Tank app
Precision Laboratories has released an update to its Mix Tank application, available immediately for download on iPhone and Android smartphones. Full story
By Doane Economist
The Malaysian Palm Oil Board reports output for the month of April at 1.366 million tonnes. That is up not quite 100,000 tonnes or 6.8% from last year. Last year production was weak.
Compared to the 5-year average at 1.344 million tonnes, production was up a more modest 1.6%. Record production for the month of April was in 2011 at 1.53 million tonnes.
Palm oil exports were strong at 1.449 mmt. That is a record for the month of April and up 8.7 percent from last year.