Agrium and Jana Partners’ debate heats up
Discussions over whether Agrium should sell off its retail branch grew more intense this week after the company met with Jana Partners, the shareholder pressuring Agrium to sell off the branch. Full story.
Safety school provided huge volume of day one info
Richard Gearheard, president of Crop Production Services, provided the keynote opening presentation of the 2012 National Agronomic Environmental Health and Safety School at Bloomington, Ill., in the brand new Asmark Institute Agricenter on Tuesday. Full story.
J.R. Simplot Company acquires Dorman Brothers
Dorman Brothers, an agricultural supply company with locations in Goodland, Kan., and in Colorado at Burlington and Cheyenne Wells, will join Simplot’s AgriBusiness Group as part of the Simplot Grower Solutions network. Full story.
BioNitrogen signs agreement with United Suppliers
BioNitrogen Corp. signed a supply agreement with United Suppliers, Inc. for the production of urea fertilizer for its future plant in Florida. Full story.
New Case IH Titan 30 Series floaters
Case IH introduced its new Titan 30 Series floaters, which are more powerful and more efficient than previous models and feature the newly redesigned Surveyor cab with accurate controls to help producers maximize inputs. Full story.
Low water strands 97 vessels on Mississippi
The U.S. Cost Guard closed an 11-mile stretch of the drought-parched Mississippi River near Greenville, Miss. The upcoming corn and soybean harvest could propel freight costs higher if river traffic remains severely restricted. Full story.
North Dakota delays grant for NH3 production
North Dakota’s Industrial Commission delayed approval of a $1 million grant that would promote the manufacture of anhydrous ammonia in order to gather more information about the financial feasibility of the project. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Conflicted over corn
|By Dan Murphy
Outcries from all quarters are being heard as corn prices soar and harvest projections slump. Is there a solution to the dilemma, or is the pain merely something to be shared? Full story.
Africa expected to lead potash demand in 10 years
Rising global demand for foodstuffs, including grain-intensive meat and dairy products, fruits, vegetables and specialty crops, will ultimately translate to rising global demand for fertilizers, including potash products such as muriate of potash (MOP) and sulphate of potash (SOP), according to a new report. Full story.
Marrone Bio Innovations breaks ground on new facility
Marrone Bio Innovations Inc., a global provider of natural pest management products for the agricultural and water treatment markets, announced the groundbreaking of the Marrone Michigan Manufacturing facility in Bangor, Mich. Full story.
Using a universal pathway to whack at weeds
A USDA scientist in Oxford, Miss., is working toward developing new herbicides by focusing on a molecular pathway that not only controls weeds, but could have helped shape our nation's history. Full story.
Nitrogen rate adjustments for 2012 corn crop
Fabian Fernández, a University of Illinois assistant professor of crop sciences, answers questions about nitrogen rate adjustments for the 2013 corn crop. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Short husks and exposed ears
One oddity that has been reported by a number of folks this year is often described as "ears outgrowing their husks." The phenomenon is the result of stunted husk leaf development combined with fairly normal ear (cob) elongation. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Stink bugs in soybeans
The brown marmorated stink bug is showing up on soybeans in higher numbers than expected in Ohio. Other stink bugs, including the green stinkbug and red shouldered stink bug are also being found. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Starter fertilizers and early-season nitrogen for wheat
Although a minimum preplant N application of 20 to 40 lbs N per acre is often desirable, especially in no-till production systems, it is important to avoid placing urea containing fertilizers in direct seed contact. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
Are your customers concerned about seed availability for next season due to this summer’s drought?
A) No, no one’s mentioned anything concrete yet
B) No, it’s too soon to worry
C) Yes, talk has started up
D) Yes, seed companies have issued warnings
E) Don’t know