Early confirmation of twospotted spider mite
Twospotted spider mites can start building populations in June during years with early-season temperatures greater than 85°F, humidity less than 90 percent, and low moisture levels. Full story.
Soybean sustainability symposium announced
Soybean farmers and other agriculture stakeholders interested in global perspectives on sustainability are encouraged to attend the first-ever soybean sustainability symposium and panel discussion to be held at the Union League Club on July 24 in Chicago. 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.
Mobile app records safety behavior observations
RCI Safety has developed a mobile application for safety professionals to use in recording employee safety behavior observations. Full story.
Use of GM to produce sterile male insects
Scientists at a British company have been able to genetically modify the Diamondback moth, one of the world’s most damaging agricultural pests, so that reproduction is reduced drastically. 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.
Twisted whorls and yellow leafs
Fast-growing corn in the last week has resulted in a few scattered plants in some fields — at least in central and west-central Iowa — displaying bright yellow leaves waving above the canopy. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Immigration war hitting too close to home
|By Bob Stallman, president, American Farm Bureau Federation
Labor shortages have been a significant challenge to U.S. agriculture for as long as I can remember. On my rice farm in Texas growing up, it seemed we were always running short of farmhands when it came time to harvest. Full story.
Japanese beetle season starting early
Japanese beetles are emerging two to three weeks ahead of schedule this year due to the warm winter and spring conditions. Although it has been years since adult populations reached treatable levels in corn or soybeans, scouting is recommended. Full story.
Look for SCN females on soybean roots now
Iowa State University recommends scouting for soybean cyst nematode females now. The females are round, white and large enough to be seen with the naked eye. Full story.
Chemical producers group changes name
The Chemical Producers & Distributors Association announced it has changed its name to the Council of Producers & Distributors of Agrotechnology. Full story.
Why are potassium deficiency symptoms showing up?
Some corn and soybean fields, mainly in eastern and southern Iowa, are showing potassium (K) deficiency symptoms, even when growth stages range from V3 to V8. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Holcus leaf spot of corn in southern Indiana
Corn fields in southern Indiana are exhibiting symptoms of holcus leaf spot, a disease caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae
. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Possible causes of yellow soybeans
There are always some fields of soybeans about this time of year that are turning yellow. There are several possible explanations including nitrogen deficiency, iron chlorosis, potassium deficiency or rooting restrictions. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Stripe rust a no-show in Pacific Northwest
This year, beyond early fungicide-herbicide tank mixed applications, there has been little if any evidence of the disease, and little need for late season applications, according to the University of Idaho. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
Should USDA change the time it releases its WASDE reports to coincide with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s open and close of trading?
A) No, it doesn’t matter that much to the trading
B) Yes, it could have dramatic effects on the trading
C) Don’t know