U.S. crop protection sales up 8% in 2011
Strong commodity demand helped power 2011 U.S. crop protection sales to an 8.3 percent increase over the previous year, resulting in a $7.1 billion market, according to Kline's "Crop Protection Manufacturers Report: A Strategic Market Analysis of the U.S. Crop Protection Industry." Full story.
How is corn really doing in the middle of a drought?
Minimal rain has scattered itself across the Corn Belt in the past month, and many farms are reporting only half of the normal amount of rainfall that could be expected so far in the growing season Full story.
Still time to nominate Agricultural Retailer of the Year
The Agricultural Retailers Association is now accepting nominations for the Agricultural Retailer of the Year Award. Full story.
Dry weather and postemergence herbicide activity
Continued dry weather in areas of Ohio will affect the activity of postemergence herbicides, and this can mean a reduction in weed control compared with years when soil moisture is adequate. Full story.
Amendment No. 2367 will not be included in farm bill
This amendment would have prohibited the Environmental Protection Agency or a state agency from requiring a permit under the Clean Water Act for a discharge of a pesticide authorized for sale, distribution, or use under FIFRA from a point source into navigable waters. Full story.
Tips to help workers avoid heat illness
As temperatures rise, so does the chance of becoming ill for those working in areas susceptible to high heat conditions. Full story.
Sorghum should be in the mix as a biofuel crop
Sweet and biomass sorghum would meet the need for next-generation biofuels to be environmentally sustainable, easily adopted by producers and take advantage of existing agricultural infrastructure, a group of researchers led by Purdue University scientists believes. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Where’s agriculture’s passion?
|By Mike Barnett, Texas Farm Bureau
It always puzzles me why farmers and ranchers don’t get more incensed about those people who viciously attack what they do. I’m talking the anti-GMO crowd, animal rights activists — those few with loud voices who grab the headlines in newspapers and the internet — who passionately deride modern agriculture as evil and misguided and are finding a growing audience. Full story.
Big weeds, waiting to spray means more yield loss
Last season, researchers at the University of Missouri conducted the first year of a two-year survey to identify the most common weed species encountered in Missouri corn and soybean fields, and also to better understand the management practices that producers utilize for the control of these species. Full story.
Water quality funding for Mississippi River basin
A total of $8.4 million in financial assistance has been made available to support 23 new partnership projects in Mississippi River Basin states under USDA's Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Full story.
What to expect from foliar fertilizer programs
An Ohio State University researcher suggests that farmers review university research summaries and ask if applying foliar fertilizers is sound before using a foliar program. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Watch for Japanese beetle on 'silking' corn
Although Japanese beetles will feed on corn leaves, its only real importance is when feeding on emerging silks. This silk feeding can interfere with pollination resulting in incomplete kernel set. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Twospotted spider mites on soybeans
With the persistence of hot and dry weather in parts of Ohio, researchers are beginning to get more reports of twospotted spider mites beginning to develop on soybeans from Ohio and other states in the Midwest. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Armyworms continue to threaten wheat
This season, armyworm infestations have been severe in some wheat fields and, currently, they are marching to adjacent fields. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
What is your opinion about EPA approving the sale of E15 for more automobiles?
A) It’s great. It’ll help farmers’ profits in growing more corn.
B) It’s good. Advancing renewable fuels is good for agriculture.
C) It’s not good. It’ll exacerbate the debate over food vs. fuel.
D) Don’t know