Phosagro announces phosphate fertilizer cutbacks
Phosagro announced it will reduce production of diammonium phosphate and monoammonium phosphate during the first quarter of 2012. Full story.
Researchers developing drought-tolerant alfalfa
New Mexico State University researchers are using genetic analysis to help develop more drought-tolerant alfalfa varieties after the past year left many states parched from months of drought. Full story.
EPA approves BASF's OpTill PRO herbicide
BASF announced that the Environmental Protection Agency has registered OpTill PRO herbicide for use on soybeans to control grasses and tough broadleaf weeds. Full story.
Rentech Nitrogen's ammonia storage expands
Rentech Nitrogen Partners has secured a loan so that the planned expansion of the company's ammonia capacity and storage in Illinois can continue on schedule. Full story.
Syngenta funds computer model for Palmer amaranth
Syngenta and university weed scientists developed a computer model to explore the impact of various management practices on the evolution of glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth. Full story.
Co-op purchasing location to focus on agronomy
The leadership of United Farmers Cooperative, based in York, Neb., has signed a letter of intent to purchase Midwest Ag Partners LLC, based at Marquette, Neb. Full story.
Stoller launches Stimulate product line
Stoller Enterprises announced the availability of a complete line of Stimulate products that contain a technology that promotes plant cell division and enhances yields. Full story.
Opinion: Five ethanol stories to watch in 2012
|By Renewable Fuels Association
The Renewable Fuels Association picked its top five stories to watch in 2012 regarding ethanol and renewable fuels. Full story.
Calcium Products aligns for Canadian distribution
Calcium Products Inc., Gilmore City, Iowa, announced a strategic alliance with McRae Holdings subsidiary ENR Distribution of Alberta, Canada, for the marketing and delivery of Iowa manufactured agricultural soil amendments. Full story.
DuPont, NexSteppe to collaborate on new feedstocks
DuPont and NexSteppe have entered into a collaboration to develop advanced feedstocks for biofuels, biopower and biobased products. The collaboration will focus on the development of new sweet sorghum and high biomass sorghum hybrids. Full story.
CropLife Ambassador Network highlights successes
The CropLife Ambassador Network highlighted the accomplishments it achieved in 2011 from increasing its ambassadors and initiating a strong social media presence. Full story.
N in soil organic matter — How much is released?
Although crop N uptake demand can be estimated based on a three to five-year yield history, knowledge of expected uptake (and removal) at the targeted crop yield, new crop genetic yield potential, and the provision of other essential nutrients and adequate plant protection, but the most unpredictable factor that complicates such estimation is the weather. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Crop production clinics coming to Nebraska
Crop producers and agribusiness professionals will learn how to improve their profitability and manage challenging new pest issues during the 2012 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Crop Production Clinics. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
New potential pest raises big stink
A new stinkier stinkbug may hitchhike into Missouri this year to destroy crops, says a University of Missouri Extension entomologist. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Syngenta-sponsored study maps rhizoctonia groups
Rhizoctonia oryzae and Rhizoctonia solani AG-2-1 have been identified as the most common groups of Rhizoctonia in U.S. wheat fields, while Rhizoctonia solani AG-8 appears isolated to the Pacific Northwest, according to a Syngenta-sponsored study. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more cereals news and information.)
Is there good profit potential to ag retailers who sell seed now and in the future?
A) Yes now, and over the long term
B) Short term yes, but not long term
C) Not now, but yes for the future
D) Not now, and not in the future
E) Seed sales is a loss leader item