Temperature extremes could chill corn yields
The so-called “heat dome” over the region, from Texas to North Dakota and west from Nebraska to east of the Mississippi isn’t budging, further stressing the corn crop. Full story.
Risk for two spotted spider mites increases
Although no outbreaks have been reported in Ohio, the weather conditions are favorable for the development of two spotted spider mites in Ohio, warn Ohio State University scientists. Full story.
Late planting challenges weed control
Weed control is both easier and more challenging after late planting, according to weed specialists at Ohio State University and Purdue University. Full story.
Russian fertilizer in the middle of debates
Stock offerings in Russian fertilizer companies have been appearing on stock markets of the world as these companies are raising money to become bigger players in the world fertilizer business, and India is complaining about potash prices offered to the country. Full story.
Tassel emergence and pollen shed
Success or failure during the critical flowering stages of pollen shed and silk emergence period of the corn plant's life greatly influences the potential grain yield at harvest time. Full story.
Scouting soybean aphids goes digital
The University of Nebraska has unveiled a new spreadsheet designed for use on mobile devices to track soybean aphid populations. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Train wreck looming
|By Mike Irvin, Kansas Farm Bureau Federation
The U.S. might not be in the same financial distress as Greece, but it is clear that our country will suffer if lawmakers don’t resolve our current debt crisis. If Congress fails to agree on whether to lift a debt ceiling of $14.3 trillion by Aug. 2, the U.S. government will be in default. Full story.
Herbicide carryover impact on failed corn
Where corn has failed this year, producers may be thinking about planting wheat this fall. Unless producers had been planning for this rotation all along, they may find that the herbicides they applied to the corn crop will not allow them to plant wheat. Full story.
Nematode damage is becoming apparent
Now is the time of the season when obvious damage from nematode feeding on corn and soybeans is likely to become apparent, according to Greg Tylka, Iowa State University. Full story.
Soil nitrate-N variability on corn fields with high mineralization potential
The distribution of soil nitrate-N concentrations was examined on 21 fields in Michigan using the 2011 Pre-sidedress Soil Nitrate Test. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Foliar fungicides on corn?
With grain prices as they are, it may appear to be worth the risk to spray, but fungicide decisions should be based on more than just the price of grain. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Spraying fungicides at R1, R3 on soybean
Across Iowa, many growers are starting to ask if or when to apply a fungicide on soybeans in 2011. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Wheat streak mosaic and seed quality
Where wheat streak mosaic was a severe problem on some wheat fields in 2011, will it be safe to use that wheat as seed this fall? Can wheat streak mosaic virus be carried over into the following season from the seed? Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more cereals news and information.)
Are your farmer customers locking in their fertilizer supply and price for the 2012 crop?
A) It is at a faster pace compared to last year.
B) It is about equal to last year's pace.
C) It is at a slower pace compared to last year.