Fertilizer limits could cost billions
The lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency over fertilizer runoff in the Mississippi River Basin could have a costly impact on farmers and ag retailers. Daren Coppock, president and CEO of Agricultural Retailers Association, and Richard Gupton, vice president of legislative policy and counsel for ARA, discussed the implications with Mike Adams on Monday’s AgriTalk radio program. Full story.
MANA launches ABBA Ultra miticide/insecticide
MANA Crop Protection introduces new ABBA Ultra 0.3 miticide/insecticide, which is an advanced low volatile organic compound formulation providing consistent insect and mite control at half the standard use volume of current products along with improved efficacy while reducing impact on air quality. Full story.
Koch Fertilizer to increase production
Koch Fertilizer has retained Black & Veatch, a global engineering, consulting and construction company, to help develop numerous projects to increase its North American production by more than two million tons annually through production enhancements and new capacity investments. Full story.
Syngenta Pest Patrol expands
Syngenta will offer its toll-free Pest Patrol hotline again this year and the tool has expanded to help consultants in a season where insect populations could be large. Full story.
Weed resistance needs diversified herbicide plan
Producers who rely on glyphosate-tolerant or “Roundup-resistant” crops probably should be expanding their weed-control toolbox, said Paul Baumann, Ph.D., Texas AgriLife Extension Service state weed specialist. Full story.
Plant protein discovery could boost bioeconomy
Research groups from Iowa State University and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have uncovered the function of three plant proteins, a discovery that could help plant scientists boost seed oil production in crops, thereby benefitting the production of food, biorenewable chemicals and biofuels. Full story.
New online campaign for fertilizer industry
The global fertilizer industry has launched a new online campaign called “Roots for Growth,” highlighting the important role that fertilizers play in addressing global food security responsibly, efficiently and sustainably. Full story.
EDITORIAL: If nothing else works, call them superweeds
|By Rich Keller, Editor, AgProfessional
When it comes to activists’ so called news reporting, the word “superweed” is thrown around constantly to scare the public into believing that a weed resistant to glyphosate herbicide means that these weeds and hybrids of these weeds are going to engulf the world. Full story.
Hypro offers Express nozzle body end caps
The Express nozzle body end cap from Hypro, 2012 AE50 award winner, supports today’s practice of precision agriculture. Full story.
Pioneer Hi-Bred will sell soybeans by seed count
Pioneer Hi-Bred will sell its soybean products by seed count per unit, rather than by weight, beginning in the fall of 2012 for varieties sold throughout North America for the 2013 planting season. Full story.
When the soil doesn’t hold enough phosphorus
Since plants can’t make their own phosphorus, scientists in Portugal are researching how to turn up Pi uptake by plants' root cells. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Corkscrewed mesocotyls & failed corn emergence
Reports of leafing out underground in 2012, the year of record early planting, are beginning to accumulate now that growers are beginning to walk their early-planted fields. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Finding earlier maturing soybean varieties
One Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert is trying to help develop a soybean production system that will help combat the drought and includes varieties that mature earlier. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Causes of wheat stress in western and central Kansas
Wheat in parts of Kansas is showing symptoms of stress, which came on quickly this year. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
Do free trade agreements impact your business?
A) Yes; our growers produce more as a result
B) Yes; they help strengthen crop prices so that growers spend more
C) No; I can’t see a direct correlation
D) Don’t know