Isaac a blessing and a curse for U.S. farmers
Torrential rain and flooding from Tropical Storm Isaac will bring relief to a large chunk of drought-stricken cropland, but will stall early harvest of corn, soybeans and rice, an agricultural meteorologist said on Tuesday. Full story.
EPA approves two Syngenta herbicides
Syngenta in North America announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted registration approval for Lexar EZ and Lumax EZ herbicides for field corn, seed corn, sweet corn, yellow popcorn and grain sorghum. Full story.
J.R. Simplot acquires Kansas retailer
The J.R. Simplot Company has acquired Crop Service Center Inc., an agricultural retail business based in Atwood, Kan. Full story.
AGCO introduces 2013 TerraGator applicator
AGCO Application Equipment is offering a complete lineup of 2013 TerraGator models. All four TerraGator models, ranging from 330 to 425 horsepower come with features to improve fleet management and product application. Full story.
Farmers to test FieldScripts technology in 2013
This coming planting season, farmers in four Midwestern states will participate in Monsanto’s Ground Breakers testing program for FieldScripts, the company’s first field prescription writing technology from the Integrated Farming Systems platform. Full story.
Case IH adds Nutri-Placer 920 to fertilizer line
The latest addition to the Case IH Nutri-Placer line, the Nutri-Placer 920, is designed for productivity and up-time while placing nutrients in the root zone to maximize return on investment. Full story.
Trimble introduces new app for smartphones
Trimble introduced its Connected Farm app for smartphone platforms. This free app uses the built-in Global Positioning System of the smartphone for collecting in-field information to aid in fast and accurate decision making. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Dow responds to 2,4-D resistant waterhemp
|By Rich Keller, Editor, AgProfessional
An isolated incidence of waterhemp resistant to 2,4-D herbicide in Nebraska has been known since last year; it wasn’t a sudden discovery Aug. 14, although some media coverage seemed to make it sound like the cat had just been let out of the bag. Full story.
Syngenta to acquire DuPont's pest control business
Syngenta announced it has agreed to acquire the DuPont Professional Products insecticide business, a supplier of innovative products for the professional turf, ornamentals and home pest control markets. Full story.
Alnylam and Monsanto form strategic alliance
Monsanto Company and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced they have formed a strategic alliance to advance biological technologies in the field of agriculture. Full story.
Auto Boom Height Control System introduced
Bestway Inc. recently announced the introduction of the AutoGlide automatic sprayer boom height control system for Bestway Field PRO IV sprayers. Full story.
Soil fertility management issues following drought
The dry growing season in 2012 has raised several soil fertility questions. In some cases, there has been relatively normal crop production and no need for management changes. 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.)
Evolution confirmed of field resistance to Cry3Bb1
A University of Illinois researcher is concerned over the evolution of western corn rootworms to the Bry3Bb1 protein and the increased selection pressure being placed on the Cry34/35Ab1 protain in areas of the Corn Belt where resistance to the Cry3Bb1 protein has been confirmed. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Brown stem rot and SDS in soybean
With soybeans now in the mid- to late pod-filling stages, some stem and root rots are showing up. Brown stem rot and sudden death syndrome have been reported at several sites across Nebraska. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
The role of seed treatments in wheat disease management
Seed treatments have important role in wheat production in Kansas, a role that goes beyond stand establishment. The primary role of these products may be to manage seed-borne diseases and to reduce the risk of barley yellow dwarf. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
How will this season’s drought impact fertilizer plans for the fall?
A) We expect to sell and apply a little more fertilizer.
B) We expect to sell and apply significantly more fertilizer.
C) We don’t anticipate any drastic change in fertilizer orders.
D) We expect to sell and apply less fertilizer.
E) Don’t know