Questions about corn acreage
The pace of consumption of U.S. corn has been slowing, as evidenced by small weekly exports, smaller weekly estimates of ethanol production, declining cattle feedlot placements, and increased slaughter of dairy cows and the hog breeding herd. Full story.
Two Blades Foundation expands Monsanto agreement
The Two Blades Foundation and the Monsanto Company announced that they have expanded their TAL Code licensing agreement. Full story.
DuPont: Innovation will drive food security solutions
John Bedbrook, vice president, DuPont Agricultural Biotechnology, challenged attendees of the 2012 Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference to look for multiple solutions in the fight for global food security. Full story.
New Acceleron seed treatment products for 2013
Fungal diseases are major causes of poor emergence and stand development in soybeans. But farmers will have a stronger line of defense in 2013 with Monsanto’s planned introduction of Acceleron Seed Treatment Products with a new-generation fungicide for soybeans and cotton. Full story.
Monsanto expands refuge-in-a-bag portfolio
Monsanto's Genuity VT Triple PRO RIB Complete has received registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, completing federal regulatory authorization in the United States. Full story.
Developing new herbicide resistance technology
Bayer CropScience and Mendel Biotechnology Inc. announced a new multi-year collaboration to jointly identify herbicides with novel modes of action. Full story.
Summer heat not the only problem: SCN
As if the hot, dry weather hasn’t caused enough problems this summer, it may be contributing to soybean cyst nematodes below the soil surface. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Drought recovery will be long and slow
|By Marlys Miller, Editor, Pork magzine
Okay it’s official, not that anyone who’s driven even a few miles in corn-country had any doubt, but USDA cut its 2012 corn production forecast by 13 percent. There are serious supply concerns and the corn and soybean crops will need rationing. Full story.
Subsurface drip irrigation for corn production
Subsurface drip irrigation is gaining popularity in some row crops, but has yet to become popular in irrigated corn. However, recent water use restrictions and drought and fertilizer run-off concerns have renewed interest in subsurface drip irrigation as a more efficient and precise means of water and fertilizer delivery. Full story.
After drought: How much N credit for next year?
The dry conditions and reductions in yield in many fields this season have resulted in lots of questions about plans for next year. Are nitrogen (N) rate adjustments needed for the 2013 corn crop? Full story.
Impact of the drought on 2013 fertilizer rates
Reduced yields can have implications for fertilizer need in the year after a drought. Intuitively farmers recognize that substantially reduced yield can lead to less removal of nutrients from a field. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Managing Western corn rootworm with Bt corn
Resistance of western corn rootworm has been found only for Bt corn producing Cry3Bb1, according to Iowa State University. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
A new virus to notice in soybeans
Have you seen large, brown, blotchy lesions that run in the direction of the leaf veins and look a bit like the leaf was scratched with something abrasive and then tried to scab over the scratch? That symptom is characteristic of a new disease of soybean called soybean vein necrosis virus, or SVNV. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Use fungicide seed treatments to improve wheat health
Using seed treatments for winter wheat can help you manage the disease threat and optimize yield potential for next year’s crop. While there may be a higher initial cost for using clean/certified, treated seed, the cost is almost always exceeded by the benefit in yield. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
In general, how much drought relief in the form of rain has your area had since mid-August?
A) Enough rain to dent our drought significantly
B) Some rain to dent our drought a little
C) Some rain, but not enough to matter
D) Have not received any rain