Grain prices plateau and the end for corn ethanol
Grain prices have gone to another plateau from which they should not drastically fall but aren’t likely to climb for many years either. That doesn’t mean less volatility while completing the transition to this higher plateau. Full story.
FMC and Kumiai Chemical announce agreement
FMC Corporation and Kumiai Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., announced that they have entered into an exclusive global agreement to evaluate a new herbicide discovered by Kumiai for potential global development and commercialization. Full story.
Agrium to expand its ESN production facility
Agrium Inc. announced the start of construction for its production expansion project at Agrium Advanced Technologies' ESN facility in New Madrid, Mo. Full story.
Topcon announces launch of SGISfarm Software
SGISfarm, the latest addition to the Topcon precision agriculture product lineup, is designed to provide a comprehensive software solution to add value to TPA's precision farming hardware products. Full story.
Dow AgroFresh, Yissum, NCSU sign agreement
Yissum, the research and development company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, North Carolina State University, Raleigh , N.C., and Dow AgroFresh, a business unit of Rohm and Haas Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, signed a license agreement for the development and commercialization of a novel water-soluble ethylene-antagonist for agricultural applications. Full story.
NMSU develops improved organic corn varieties
A team of researchers are evaluating existing varieties of organic corn for their viability in varied climates and developing new and better varieties through traditional breeding practices. Full story.
Assessing the health of streams in ag landscapes
The health of streams in agriculturally dominated watersheds has long been assumed to be almost entirely dependent on nearby agricultural practices. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Bill Gates, a voice of reason for modern agriculture
|By Greg Henderson, Editor and Associate Publisher, Drovers CattleNetwork
The billionaire-philanthropist is also an advocate for agriculture, championing the use of technology and modern agriculture to alleviate hunger throughout the world. And he's ponied up $2 billion for the cause. Full story.
Transferring seed technology once patents expire
In 2014, the first widely grown plant biotechnology event will lose patent protection with more to follow in the coming years. Full story.
Field guide helps choose, manage cover crops
Farmers interested in planting cover crops to improve soil health can now find information and tips in a new pocket guide produced by the Midwest Cover Crops Council and Purdue University. Full story.
Soil calcium and magnesium levels
Is it important to have the proper ratio of calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg) in the soil? Many producers ask this question when they have their soil tested for nutrient levels. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Corn flea beetle and Stewart's leaf blight
The adult corn flea beetle is not only a pest itself, but it is the vector and means for spread of the bacterium that causes Stewart's bacterial wilt and leaf blight on both field and sweet corn. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Selecting the right soybean variety
Selecting the right soybean variety, trait package and treatment can be a bit confusing - there are so many choices, said Matt Hubsch, lead agronomist for Legend Seeds, De Smet, S.D. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Warm weather can affect herbicide application decisions
The warm weather recently have caused wheat to start greening up in most areas of the state. If this continues, wheat will likely reach its various growth stages earlier than usual. As a result, producers should be extra sure to pay close attention to the growth stage of their wheat before making their herbicide applications. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
What do you think will be the greatest weather disaster in crop production in 2012?
A) Widespread drought
B) Localized drought
C) Widespread flooding
D) Localized flooding
F) Widespread late spring freeze