Agrium sees purchase of Viterra stores by early 2013
Agrium Inc. expects to complete its purchase of the bulk of Viterra Inc's Canadian and Australian farm supply stores by the end of 2012 or early 2013, Agrium Chief Executive Mike Wilson said. Full story.
Fertilizer makers bank on U.S. recovery from drought
Some of the world's biggest fertilizer companies are banking that the aftermath of the worst U.S. drought in 56 years will boost sales, as U.S. farmers seek to cash in on high crop prices. Full story.
Syngenta to acquire Pasteuria Bioscience
Syngenta announced it has agreed to acquire Pasteuria Bioscience Inc., a U.S.-based biotechnology company. Full story.
Don’t forget to vote for the 2012 Operator of the Year
AGCO is accepting nominations for the 2012 Operator of the Year. Let them know by Oct. 31 what sets your operator apart from the pack. Full story.
Illinois releases fertilizer rate app
University of Illinois Extension and the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices have developed a new tool to help farmers and crop advisors to determine the optimum nitrogen rate for corn and to plan for split applications of nitrogen, a recommended best management practice. Full story.
Outmaneuvering herbicide-resistant weeds
By using negative cross-resistance to their advantage, weed scientists can outmaneuver herbicide-resistant kochia plants. Full story.
Novariant to provide steering solutions to OEMs
Novariant Inc., a provider of steering solutions for precision agriculture, announced its decision to focus its business on providing tailored solutions for OEM partners across the globe. Full story.
EDITORIAL: A world at war over water? It could happen…
|By Mike Barnett, Texas Farm Bureau
Earth is facing a looming water crisis and the consequences could spell war in an ever thirstier world. That’s the consensus of the InterAction Council, a group of 40 former heads of state and former government, academic and foundation leaders. Full story.
North American potash stocks shrink in August
American potash inventories dipped nearly 9 percent in August at the producer level, but were still one-third larger than the five-year average, according to the world's top producer of the crop nutrient, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. Full story.
Lower crop yields may result in nutrient credits
The lower yields experienced by many farmers this year due to the drought can lead to less removal of nutrients from a field, resulting in nutrient credits. Drought nutrient credits can be important particularly on fields where little or no material was harvested in 2012, according to John Lory, Extension associate professor, University of Missouri. Full story.
New drought-hardy corn testing well in U.S.
Corn seed developers who have been racing to build better varieties for low rainfall and high heat say results have been encouraging despite the worst U.S. drought in half a century. Full story.
Adjusting fertility programs for lower than expected yields
Yield expectations across Ohio are variable based on summer rainfall patterns, so nutrient management strategies will vary greatly. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Interpreting corn hybrid maturity ratings
Hybrid maturity ratings have always been a sort of mystery to farmers and consultants alike. One factor that contributes to the mystery is that there is no accepted standard method for assigning relative hybrid maturity values within the seed industry. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Alternaria leaf spot of soybean
Alternaria leaf spot has been found in soybeans in Red Willow County in southwest Nebraska. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Managing volunteer corn prior to wheat planting
The conditions this season are favorable for having problems with volunteer corn. Harvest is well ahead of normal, which allows volunteer corn more time to emerge in the field and compete for water and nutrients. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
What is your prediction for weather this fall across the Corn Belt?
A) Continued dry and warm
B) Dry and cool
C) Wet and warm
D) Wet and cool