Crop Progress: Corn Belt thirsts for rain
Corn is progressing quickly thanks to the dry and hot temperatures, and though many states are desperate for rain, crop conditions are remarkably positive and slightly improved from last week’s report. Full story.
Temperature and herbicide interactions
Temperatures following herbicide application influence crop safety and weed control. Crops metabolize herbicides but metabolism slows during cool or cold conditions, which extends the amount of time required for plants to degrade herbicides. Full story.
Clean up from 2011 flooding continues
In 2012, many are still cleaning up the mess and working to restore their cropland to productive levels seen before the flooding. Full story.
Assess nitrogen in corn after heavy rains
Nitrogen is important for corn growth, and has been a recent concern. Last fall, the concern was with the poor tillage conditions, and drought was the weather condition on everyone's mind. Now with record rainfalls, concerns are that nitrogen has been lost to leaching or denitrification. 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.
Nufarm expands production capabilities in U.S.
Nufarm will establish a new manufacturing facility in Chicago to support growth in the fungicides, insecticides and seed treatment segments. Full story.
Instinct nitrogen stabilizer obtains Section 3 label
The additional registration allows corn growers to stabilize a postplant nitrogen application, which includes the addition of sidedress application — up to V6 growth stage. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Crop insurance is not a safety net when prices collapse
|By Daryll Ray and Harwood Schaffer
Until now, Congressional farm bill action has centered on the Senate where the Agriculture Committee has forwarded a bill to the full Senate. The commodity title of this legislation eliminates Direct Payments, relies on crop insurance, and provides farmers with the option to participate in a shallow loss program at either the farm or the county level. It has been criticized by Southern farmers — especially growers of cotton, rice, and peanuts — as providing inadequate protection for their crops. Full story.
APHIS announces final EIS for GE sugar beets
The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), published two assessments prepared in response to a petition for nonregulated status submitted to the agency by developers of a variety of sugar beet genetically engineered to be resistant to the herbicide glyphosate. Full story.
Nominate the 2012 'Agricultural Retailer of the Year'
The Agricultural Retailers Association is now accepting nominations for the Agricultural Retailer of the Year Award. Full story.
Maximize yields with a balanced-nutrient plan
By understanding the current state of their field’s nutrient levels, growers can maximize this year’s yield while preparing for the future. Analyzing soil and tissue reports on a field-by-field, crop-by-crop basis with an agronomic advisor remains fundamental in preparing a balanced-nutrient plan. Full story.
BASF addresses role of innovation for ag sustainability
BASF presented its crop protection and plant biotechnology pipelines and outlined plans to globalize agricultural research activities as part of its “We create chemistry” strategy. Full story.
When it rains, it pours! What is happening to my nitrogen?
Drought was the weather condition on everyone's mind in mid-March, but now with the record rainfalls, there are concerns if nitrogen has been lost to leaching or denitrification in Minnesota. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Hot, dry weather contributing to uneven corn emergence
Corn growers finding marginal stands in their corn fields might be seeing the effects of record rainfall in 2011, a mild winter in 2012 and continued hot, dry weather - all of which potentially are contributing to problems with corn emergence. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Double crop soybeans in WI may be worth it
The Wisconsin winter wheat crop remains 3 weeks (developmentally) ahead of where we were at this time last year. If that continues, it may be worth the risk to double crop soybeans. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Rains increase risk of small grain fungal diseases
Although cool conditions have slowed disease development in small grains, including wheat, there is a moderate to high risk of Fusarium head blight for susceptible winter wheat cultivars in northern parts of North Dakota. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
How will U.S. agriculture impact the global food supply in the next 20 years?
A) The U.S. will increase its lead as top supplier of food to the world.
B) Other countries will step forward and produce more of the world’s needs.
C) U.S. percentage of food to feed the world will slip dramatically.
D) Hard to judge, don’t know