Agrium will not sell off retail operations
Agrium announced it would not spin off its retail distribution arm. The announcement came after pressure was placed on the company by U.S. hedge fund Jana Partners, which has been buying up Agrium shares since June. Full story.
DOT waives truck regulations due to drought
Last week, the Department of Transportation announced relief from hours of service requirements and federal truck weight regulations in states where the governor has declared a drought emergency, in order to allow supplies to reach farmers and ranchers. Full story.
Purdue: Crop report dismal, but not unexpected
The USDA's outlook for the nation's corn and soybean harvests reflects what farmers have been seeing for the past two months: prospects for a good year vanishing as their crops wilt from lack of water. Indiana may have suffered the worst damage. Full story.
Water-quality credits/dollars to be earned by farmers
In a first-of-its-kind trading plan involving three states of the Ohio River Basin, an interstate water quality pilot trading program has been initiated. Full story.
Helena withdraws plans for Nebraska fertilizer plant
Helena Chemical Company has notified Madison County, Neb., officials that it is withdrawing its application to construct a fertilizer facility near Norfolk. Full story.
Despite drought, fertilizer sales expected to be strong
Extremely dry conditions, damaged crops and an early harvest are not anticipated to dent fertilizer sales for CF Industries. Full story.
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FMC anticipates registration of two new herbicides
FMC Corp. anticipates Environmental Protection Agency approval of two new herbicides, Anthem and Anthem ATZ, for corn in late 2012. Full story.
Winfield using its wind tunnel for spray analysis
Winfield Solutions has promoted the company’s leadership in application technology and product development to its co-op member owners, but the magnitude of sophisticated processes and research that the company is capable of doing, partially because of a relatively new spray analysis system, has not received much national attention. Full story.
EDITORIAL: 12 half-baked ideas for improving agriculture
|By Rich Keller, Editor, AgProfessional
Since when does the U.S. have a “broken food system,” as claimed by the Worldwatch Institute? What the U.S. has is the world’s most efficient food and feed production system. What the Worldwatch Institute would prefer is inefficient worldwide agriculture similar to farming in 1952. Full story.
Drought stress may make SCN scouting easier
This year’s drought conditions may hold one benefit for soybean producers: a better opportunity than most years to scout for the elusive soybean cyst nematode (SCN). Full story.
Consider label restrictions for insecticides
With increased interest in harvesting or grazing drought-damaged corn and soybeans for livestock feed, be alert to label restrictions if any insecticides were applied to these crops. Full story.
Soil fertility management after drought
The dry growing season in 2012 has raised several soil fertility questions. In some cases, there is no need for management changes, but in other situations with severely damaged crops, there is potential for adjustments for the 2013 corn crop. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Corn earworm moth counts increasing significantly
Corn earworm moth captures are increasing in parts of Kentucky. This follows on the heels of warnings of corn earworm problems in states south of Kentucky. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Fall armyworm moth flight increases, worms sited!
An increase of fall armyworm (FAW) captures in Kentucky has been reported. At this time of year FAW are primarily a risk to soybeans and pasture/grass hay fields. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
NDSU Seed Department releases certified winter wheat list
The North Dakota State Seed Department has concluded field inspections of certified winter wheat seed production fields and has made its annual list of certified winter wheat seed available on its website. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
What do you think will be the biggest impact that results from this year’s drought?
A) Financial crisis, farmers go out of business
B) Lack of seed for next year
C) Reduced fertilizer sales as farmers may not have the funds
D) Food shortages
E) Feed shortages