Bayer counters European bee studies
The release of scientific reports from two European studies published in Science
magazine last week caused a stir. Major newspapers of the nation published articles accepting the studies as proof of worldwide bee disappearance being caused by the neonicotinoid family of insecticides. Full story.
Fertilizer prices generally headed higher
The spring fertilizer application season is heating up and the demand is pulling fertilizer prices higher. Full story.
Reduce insecticide use by identifying aphids
In work that could cut back on insecticide use, USDA scientists have found a way to distinguish aphids that spread plant viruses from those that do not. Full story.
Here are some reminders on how to keep your smartphone safe and secure. Full story.
Minnesota is the guinea pig for water quality
Today, the battle about numeric nutrient water quality standards is “on our doorstep in the heart of the MACA region,” reported Mid America CropLife Association’s new water consultant, Steve Taylor. Full story.
New precision measuring system for wheat herbicides
A precise measuring machine that can dispense combinations of six different dry herbicide products into a disposable bag has big potential for customer service and inventory control for selected DuPont agricultural retailers. Full story.
EuroChem completes acquisition of BASF fertilizer assets
BASF has completed the sale of its fertilizers activities in Antwerp, Belgium, to EuroChem as of March 31, as planned. Full story.
EDITORIAL: The cost of activism
|By Dan Murhpy
While consumer groups are cheering the demise of pink slime — and touting the role of social media in demonizing the product — there’s a price to be paid as a consequence of the activism. Full story.
Receiving carbon credits for reduced N fertilizer use
Arcadia Biosciences Inc. has submitted a carbon credit methodology to the Clean Development Mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Full story.
BioNitrogen to build second fertilizer plant in Texas
BioNitrogen Corp., a developer of patent-pending technology for converting renewable and abundant biomass waste into high-nitrogen urea and urea fertilizer, has signed a letter of intent to construct the company's second planned fertilizer plant at the Levelland Industrial Rail Park, Levelland, Texas. Full story.
Yara acquires stake in IC Potash Corp
Yara has agreed to make a strategic investment of approximately $40 million (Canadian) in IC Potash Corp and has entered into an off-take arrangement for 30 percent of all products produced by ICP's Ochoa project in New Mexico for a period of 15 years. Full story.
Sugar could be sweet way to control insect pests
Sugar may be a treat for humans, but for aphids it can be life threatening. A $452,000 grant to Cornell and Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research will fund research exploiting this vulnerability to control agriculturally important insect pests. Full story.
Warm weather sets up nitrogen concerns
The longer and warmer soils are, the more biological activity occurs in the soil. As a result, more of the N in the soil is converted to nitrate. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Winter precipitation and corn yield
Due to the very warm temperatures in the winter of 2011-12, University of Illinois scientists recently examined the relationship between average winter temperatures and average temperatures the following summer and the relationship between average winter temperatures and corn yield. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Is dry soybean seed an issue for 2012?
Handling seed with low moisture must be done very carefully to prevent damage to seed coats. This includes seed movement during harvest, seed cleaning, seed treatment and delivery to planters. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Stripe rust damages some southeast Missouri wheat
Stripe rust has spread to Missouri wheat fields from infected wheat fields in east Arkansas, according to the University of Missouri Extension. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
Among your grower customers, what is the level of recognition for the 4R nutrient, fertilizer stewardship program?
A) High. They are very aware
B) Moderate. Some are aware
C) Low. Very few are aware
D) Don’t know.