Steps to stop spread of resistant corn rootworms
In a March 5 letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, 22 entomologists working on corn rootworm suggested changes to prolong the utility of transgenic Bt corn. Full story.
Cold not slowing down black cutworm moths
The spring migratory flight of black cutworm moths remained impressive across Illinois and the Corn Belt through mid-April, according to University of Illinois professor of entomology and crop sciences Extension coordinator Mike Gray. Full story.
Mild winter: Pests, diseases likely on the rise
Mild temperatures have kick-started an early planting season this year, as well as the potential for increased pests and disease pressures for growers. Full story.
Wheat growers charge ahead after 2011 challenges
Wheat growers remain optimistic and are increasing acres planted in 2012 to perhaps a three-year high. Full story.
Stoller on a growth path in the Midwest
Educating growers and ag retailer agronomists has been a main emphasis as Stoller USA has advanced product sales in the row-crop markets and is increasing its presence in the Midwest. Full story.
More than a quarter of U.S. corn planted
This week’s Crop Progress Report from the USDA showed that many of the nation’s corn planters are on a roll with 28 percent of the crop in the ground. That's an increase of 11 percentage points from last week’s report. Full story.
Agreement for harpin, fungicide to be used together
A dry formulated harpin protein technology will be used in foliar sprays in corn, soybeans and dry beans with select MANA Crop Protection technologies in the U.S. in 2012. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Third World syndrome
|By Dan Murphy
As another round of funding for farm bill programs comes under congressional scrutiny, shouldn’t legislators consider the bigger picture of where our foreign trade is headed? Full story.
CTIC Mississippi Delta tour discounts ending
The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) Mississippi Delta Conservation In Action Tour will be held May 30-31, but the early registration discount ends May 1. Full story.
Many farmers report glyphosate resistance
As a sign farmers are responding to the threat of glyphosate resistance, as many as four out of five farmers plan to alter their weed control programs in 2012, according to results from a recent national BASF survey. Full story.
True armyworm poised to threaten crops
This year, true armyworms emerged early in southern climates and then migrated north ahead of schedule, thanks to unusually warm weather. Full story.
Corn demand is fueling fertilizer pricing
Despite fertilizer production curtailments earlier this year, fertilizer prices have remained high while corn production costs have dropped. Many are asking why. It appears that the drive to plant more corn this year is pushing prices up. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Yield prospects up, price prospects down for 2012 corn
When USDA’s crop statisticians released their crop progress report earlier in the week, 28% of the crop has been planted, about twice the rate of the past five years. Of course, the warm March weather allowed that to happen, but also put some of that crop in jeopardy on April 11 and 12 when sub-freezing temperatures wilted the earliest planted corn. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Handle treated soybeans with care to avoid costly contamination
Approximately 70 percent of the seed soybeans planted this year in Minnesota will be treated with fungicides. This is a dramatic change from 10 years ago when most farmers planted untreated soybeans. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
New wheat disease found in Kentucky
The Kentucky find is the first known occurrence of wheat blast outside of South America. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
Have you and your customers planned for the possible need to make more or different insecticide/herbicide applications due to the warm winter and early start to this season?
A. Yes, and we’re securing more product
B. Yes, but we haven’t taken any steps beyond that
C. No, we’re waiting to see what happens
D. No, we’ve been too busy meeting earlier than expected demand.