Spring crops direly need a drink
Dry and dusty conditions have become the norm across the Corn Belt, with increased reports of short topsoil and subsoil moisture, as well as more frequent reports of corn leaves curling earlier in the afternoon as the plant attempts to save moisture. Full story.
ARA submits comments on atrazine for FIFRA SAP
The Agricultural Retailers Association has submitted written comments on atrazine that were submitted to EPA on Tuesday, May 29. From June 12-15, the EPA’s Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel will consider and review Problem Formulation for the Reassessment of Ecological Risks from the Use of Atrazine. Full story.
New report shows benefits from biotech crops
Farmers using improved seeds and biotech crop varieties continue to see significant economic and on-farm environmental benefits, according to the seventh annual report on crop biotechnology impacts prepared by UK-based PG Economics. Full story.
Is the ethanol boom coming to an end?
Atlhough U.S. ethanol production has increased rapidly since 2006, the rise in ethanol production has recently run up against what is known as the "blend wall." Full story.
USDA funds pest management prevention
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA will support 321 projects in all 50 states, plus American Samoa and Guam, that help to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases threatening U.S. agriculture and the environment. Full story.
'Flash drought' hurts young corn plants
“Call it a flash drought,” said Pat Guinan, University of Missouri climatologist. The fast developing drought slows growing crops. Full story.
2012 ARA conference technology contest
ARA is requesting members submit ideas for technologies that could be presented during the association's 2012 conference in November. Full story.
EDITORIAL: An open letter to Oprah
|By Tim Burrack, Truth About Trade & Technology
Dear Oprah: Come to my farm. Visit the land that I’ve worked since I was a boy. See this place so that you’ll never again let bad articles on agriculture tarnish the pages of your magazine or the pixels on your Web site. Full story.
CHEMTREC is a resource for chemical spills
The Chemical Transportation Emergency Center is a response organization established by the U.S. chemical manufacturers association to provide chemical hazard related information on a 24-hour basis to firefighters, law enforcement, and other emergency responders. Full story.
Syngenta begins $63 million expansion in Nebraska
Syngenta announced a $63 million expansion project at its Phillips, Neb., corn production facility. Full story.
Careful when blending fluid fertilizers
Because blending of fluid fertilizers can be tricky, even for those experienced in the business, compatibility is always a major concern. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Predicted corn rootworm hatch begins for 2012
Although Iowa had a warmer than normal March, soil temperatures have been closer to normal in April and May. So the 2012 predicted corn rootworm egg hatch is only slightly ahead of normal. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Millipedes feeding in soybeans
The University of Nebraska has received several reports of millipedes damaging soybeans in southeastern and south central Nebraska. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Mild winter affected wheat disease development
Above-normal temperatures during the winter and spring of 2011-2012 influenced the development of wheat diseases in Nebraska. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
In general, what is the development stage of the corn in your area?
A) Ahead of most years
B) Behind most years
C) Comparable to most years
D) Widely variable
E) Impossible to generalize