2012 drought most severe since 1950s
The summer is less than a month old, and it has already made its way into the history books. The National Climatic Data Center released its June “State of the Climate” report Monday morning, reporting that by the end of June, 55 percent of the contiguous United States was considered in “moderate” to “extreme” drought. Full story.
'Superweeds' may be less susceptible to diseases
Scientists searching for clues to understand how superweeds, or those resistant to glyphosate herbicide, obtain resistance to the popular herbicide glyphosate may have been missing a critical piece of information, a Purdue University study shows. Full story.
USDA: Corn condition drops 9 percentage points
Excessive heat and drought are taking a toll on the corn crop, as reflected in Monday's Crop Progress report. Full story.
Drought and heat good for the Chesapeake Bay
This summer the Chesapeake Bay has some of the cleanest water it has experienced in a long time, and the lower pollution is being attributed to a mild winter, dry and hot spring and some of the hottest summer days on record. Full story.
Register now for NAEHSS safety school Aug. 21-22
The 2012 Safety School conducted annually by the National Agronomic Environmental Health and Safety School will be held Aug. 21-22 at the Asmark Institute Agricenter in Bloomington, Ill. Registration is underway. Full story.
Concerns about atrazine carryover this year
Dry soil conditions can enhance persistence of herbicides such as atrazine, and atrazine carryover is an issue that will need to be considered on a case by case basis. Full story.
Sprayer considerations to improve spider mite control
Spider mites are difficult to control with crop protection chemicals, so proper timing, product selection and sprayer setup and operation are critical. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Reduce the RFS now
|By Rick Jordahl, Associate Editor, Pork Network
With the current U.S. drought expanding and intensifying, about half the nation is now mired in its worst dry weather pattern in 24 years, and it is getting worse by the day. It is now urgent that the Renewable Fuel Standard be lowered. Full story.
AMVAC commissions new production unit
American Vanguard Corp., through its wholly owned subsidiary AMVAC Chemical Corp., recently commissioned its new Folex synthesis unit at the company’s Axis, Ala., plant. Full story.
New partnership aims for safer fertilizer technology
J. R. Simplot Company has formed a new partnership with Honeywell that will introduce a new fertilizer technology to the North American market. Full story.
MapShots introduces two new products
MapShots Inc. has introduced MapShots AgStudio Mobile Application Platform; the new products are AgStudio MAP and MapShots AgStudio Select. Full story.
What is the next step this season in N management?
The corn is tasseling, we are praying for rain, and the week of the 4th of July was hot and miserable. It must be time to think about evaluating this year's nitrogen management program and making decisions about next year's nitrogen needs. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Southern rust found in central Iowa
Because common rust is widespread in cornfields in Iowa, it is important for farmers and agronomists to correctly distinguish between these two rusts, especially if a fungicide decision is to be made. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Scout soybean fields for charcoal rot
Few diseases thrive under the hot, dry weather that Indiana is experiencing this year. However, there has been some concern about the potential impact of charcoal rot in soybeans. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Wheat stem sawfly numbers high in Neb. Panhandle
Wheat producers in western Nebraska continue to report high levels of wheat lodging due (in part) to wheat stem sawfly. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
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