Farm income to drop 11.5 percent in 2012
Farm income will drop sharply from 2011's record high as production costs rise by more than $10 billion for the second year in a row, the USDA said this week in its first income forecast for this year. Full story.
NPDES overview for pesticide applicators
Illinois Pesticide Review explains what the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program means to pesticide applicators. Full story.
White House budget proposes cuts to ag programs
The White House budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2013 beginning October 1, proposes a USDA budget of $22.9 billion in discretionary budget authority, which is down $698 million from FY 2012. Full story.
MANA’s new copper complex fungicide/bactericide
MasterCop fungicide/bactericide, from MANA Crop Protection, has received approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its new copper complex formulation of copper sulfate pentahydrate Full story.
Canada initiates connectivity project
Canada’s crop protection industry has called upon AgGateway to facilitate a new project called Crop Protection Canada Connectivity to electronically link crop protection product manufacturers, distributors and retailers, thereby greatly improving the order-to-invoice processes, improving product information traceability and saving significant costs. Full story.
Major investment in Enlist Weed Control System
Dow AgroSciences LLC announced that it is moving forward with a significant, multi-year asset investment in the United States related to its Enlist Weed Control System. Full story.
EPA’s FY 2013 budget proposal update
EPA's FY 2013 budget is the result of the agency's ongoing efforts to consider potential cost savings and reductions while continuing its commitment to core environmental and health protections. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Smear campaign against atrazine and Syngenta
|By Rich Keller, Editor, Ag Professional
The Center for Media and Democracy recently took a wild swing at Syngenta Crop Protection, and although AgProfessional doesn’t agree with the organization’s position, we feel it's important to inform our readers that outrageous claims have been distributed to the mass media. Full story.
Analysis of the importance of pesticides
A book from a Washington State University Extension specialist presents a compelling argument for the continued value of pesticides in food production and disease vector protection while contending that their impact on the environment is reasonable considering their benefits. Full story.
New publication tracks ag's boom and bust
A new publication provides a more in-depth examination of agriculture's boom and bust cycles. Full story.
Collaboration launches advanced biofungicides
Certis U.S.A. LLC and Kumiai Chemical Industry Co. LTD announced the global launch of a new generation of bacterial biofungicides based on Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain D747 (Ba D747). Full story.
Nixing nitrate flow from the farm
Agricultural Research Service scientists have spent the last decade studying whether underground trenches filled with wood chips could help stem nitrate flow out of fields. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Corn and dry soils at planting, looking ahead
Roger Elmore, Iowa State University, begins a multi-part series on the challenges facing corn production in 2012 as dry conditions persist. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Mississippi soybean variety trials assist farmers
The Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board offers an online variety trials tool at www.mssoy.org to help farmers make informed decisions when selecting soybean seed to plant in their fields. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Yellow wheat caused by low temperatures
Wheat with a yellowish cast is showing up in Kansas. A K-State Extension leader explains what factors can cause the yellowing. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
How concerned are you that new fertilizer restrictions for nutrient management in other states will bleed over into the state(s) you operate in within the next two years?
A) Not concerned
B) Somewhat concerned
C) Very concerned