Anticipating the size of the 2012 corn and soybean crops
The first corn and soybean production forecasts of the season are always highly anticipated, but none more than this year as widespread drought conditions have resulted in a wide range of yield and production expectations Full story.
One-year farm bill extension pulled from House floor
House Republican leaders pulled a one-year extension of farm policy from the agenda of the House Rules Committee on July 31, as the Agricultural Retailers Association and many other farm groups criticized the proposal. Full story.
Online app helps track, manage insect populations
An upgraded online application designed and developed by Purdue Research Park-based companies can help growers and pesticide consultants electronically track the number of insects in their crop fields so they can better control crop damage caused by insects and improve the use of insecticides. Full story.
Update on WCR’s Bt resistance in Illinois
The latest updates on western corn rootworm resistance will be presented by Michael Gray, professor of agricultural entomology, during the 56th annual Agronomy Day on Aug. 16 at the University of Illinois. Full story.
Drought reduces soybean seed size
Soybean seeds produced during drought conditions and at high temperatures tend to be smaller than seeds produced under normal conditions. Smaller seed size means it takes more individual seeds to equal one pound. Full story.
New Dow site for increased R&D
Dow AgroSciences LLC opened its new research and development facility to the community of Olivia, Minn., on Friday, July 27. It is a change of location in the Olivia area to expand capabilities. Full story.
Looking at the global seed business
The global seed market grew at a compound annual growth rate of 5.6 percent during the period 2005-2011, according to a recently released report looking at seed sales by region of the world. Full story.
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Dry conditions to impact herbicide carryover
Reduced soil moisture following a herbicide application, especially in the first two to four weeks, can slow the degradation or breakdown of herbicides, resulting in the potential for carryover. Full story.
Rapid assessment of plant drought tolerance
UCLA life scientists, working with colleagues in China, have discovered a new method to quickly assess plants’ drought tolerance. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Coping with a rain-free zone
|By Greg Henderson, Editor, Associate Publisher, Drovers CattleNetwork
Triple-digit temperatures are baking the green out of anything a cow might eat. The year began with cattle prices surging higher and ranchers planning to expand their herds. That just can’t happen now, and that concerns players in all segments of our industry. Full story.
Genes may lead to nematode-resistant upland cotton
USDA researchers have made significant progress in finding genetic resistance to two key cotton pests — the root-knot nematode and the reniform nematode. Full story.
New 540 series boom shutoff manifold
TeeJet Technologies announced its new 540 series manifold for sprayer boom shutoff. The new gear driven, plunger-style design provides long-term reliability in a more compact size. Full story.
P and K silage harvest of drought-damaged corn
Corn silage harvest results in more phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) removal than grain alone because almost the entire plant is harvested. The increased amount removed with silage differs for P and K because the relative amount of P and K is different in corn vegetative parts than in grain. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
'Tassel ears' in corn
No specific cause of this condition is known but it often occurs in shorter spindly plants associated with delayed emergence and uneven crop development. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Possible breakdown of SCN resistance
Because of widespread, repeated use of varieties with the same PI 88788 source of resistance, many SCN populations have developed increased reproduction on that type of resistance. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Yield results from Oregon’s statewide variety testing
The harvest results are starting to come in from the 2012 Oregon State University Statewide Wheat Variety Testing program. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
Do you understand the new process USDA is using to approve biotech crops?
A) Yes, and I think it is a positive change.
B) Yes, but I don’t completely support the new process.
C) No, there has been little explanation in the news.
D) No, because I don’t see it affecting me and I’ve ignored the issue.