Feds doom LightSquared’s LTE 4G network
Nine federal agencies decided that none of LightSquared’s proposals for its LTE 4G broadband network would overcome significant interference with GPS devices. Full story.
GVM to sell AgJunction
Hemisphere GPS is entering the emerging data services market in precision agriculture with a purchase agreement to acquire the assets and operations of AgJunction from GVM Inc. Full story.
BASF to move its plant bioscience research
BASF announced it is concentrating its plant biotechnology activities on the main markets in North and South America and will move its headquarters from Germany. Full story.
France upholds ban on Monsanto GM maize
The French government said on Friday it would uphold its ban on a strain of genetically modified maize developed by U.S. biotech firm Monsanto in 2012, even though France's highest court overturned the moratorium last year. Full story.
Global seed treatment market to grow
The global seed treatment market is expected to increase 13.5 percent from 2011 to 2016. Full story.
Cenex celebrates good deeds with free fuel
To recognize and reward the people in the communities its retailers serve, Cenex — the CHS energy brand — is launching Tanks of Thanks, a new program that gives free fuel to those who help make their communities just a little bit better. Full story.
Syngenta licenses tech from Two Blades Foundation
The Two Blades Foundation (2Blades) announced the completion of a non-exclusive license agreement with Syngenta, which provides Syngenta with access to TAL Code technology for commercial uses in certain crop plants. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Tripled U.S. ethanol exports and Brazil
|By Rich Keller, Editor, AgProfessional
As late as 2006, U.S. exports of denatured and undenatured (non-beverage) ethanols, mainly from corn ethanol production, were only a little more than 300,000 gallons, but 2011 exports are projected to reach 1.11 billion gallons — not 1.1 million gallons but 1.1 billion gallons. Full story.
New Optimum AQUAmax corn platforms for 2012
Three new corn genetic platforms designed to deliver a yield advantage in water-limited environments in the Western Corn Belt are now available from Hoegemeyer Hybrids for the 2012 growing season. Full story.
BGI enters agreement with biotech soybean group
BGI announced it has been selected by the National Center for Soybean Biotechnology at the University of Missouri to re-sequence 1,008 soybean germplasm lines. Full story.
Biofungicide label significantly expanded
Marrone Bio Innovations announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a significant label expansion for Regalia, a biofungicide that boosts plants’ natural defenses to fight fungal and bacterial diseases. Full story.
Solutions for a nitrogen-soaked world
Pulling from a broad pool of expertise in air quality, agronomy, ecology, epidemiology and groundwater geochemistry, 16 authors of a new report track nitrogen through its different chemical forms and biological incarnations as it progresses across economic, environmental and regulatory bounds. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Irrigated corn achieves high yields
Contrary to conventional wisdom, irrigated corn in Nebraska is highly efficient in the use of energy, water and fertilizer, say University of Nebraska-Lincoln scientists whose research found that increased yields more than offset the energy cost of these inputs. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Foliar fungicides, insecticides on disease severity
Foliar fungicide trials were conducted at four locations in Nebraska to determine the effects on soybean disease control and yield. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Better use of N increases wheat yields
It’s important for wheat producers to get the most efficient use of their nitrogen inputs to keep costs down and improve crop productivity. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more cereals news and information.)
How important are smartphone Apps to your business?
A) Not very important and likely won’t be in the future
B) Are somewhat important now
C) Are somewhat important now and will be of bigger importance in the future
D) Are very important now and will be more so in the future
E) Don’t know