Fire at PotashCorp mine out; employees safe
A fire at PotashCorp’s Rocanville potash mine in Canada forced 29 people to refuge stations underground early Tuesday. Full story.
Soybean aphids a no-show for 2012
David Voegtlin, an expert on soybean aphid population dynamics, believes that in 2012 this insect had the lowest impact since it came to prominence a little more than a decade ago. Full story.
AEM, CropLife, Ag Engineers form coalition
A five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by AEM, CropLife America (CLA) and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) recognize that demand for high quality food throughout the world calls for efficient, effective and sustainable use of Plant Protective Products. Full story.
Voting to select ARA technology presenter
Voting to select the agricultural industry innovation or technology that Agricultural Retailer Association members would like to learn more about during the ARA Annual Conference & Expo in December is underway. Full story.
Webinar: Managing nutrients after the drought
Join top University researchers in a webinar as they discuss what farmers and their advisers should consider in regards to nutrient management after the drought of 2012. Full story.
FMC signs agreement for new fungicide from Isagro
FMC Corporation has entered into a research and development collaboration agreement for a new proprietary fungicide from Isagro S.p.A. The two companies will co-develop the new broad spectrum fungicide for use globally. Full story.
DuPont Pioneer releases 34 new soybean varieties
Recently, 34 Pioneer brand soybean varieties passed final scrutiny from the Pioneer research and development, field sales and agronomy technology service teams and will be commercially available to producers for planting in 2013. Full story.
EDITORIAL: How is U.S. net farm income projected to increase after drought?
|By Daryll Ray, University of Tennessee
Given this year's drought, USDA’s late August release of the 2012 Net Farm Income Forecast contained a big surprise. According to USDA, “U.S. net farm income is forecast to exceed $122 billion in 2012 and net cash income is expected to exceed $139 billion, both record nominal values. The expected increase reflects large price-led gains in corn and soybean receipts as well as large increases in crop insurance indemnities. Full story.
J. R. Simplot Company acquires Florikote Technology
The J. R. Simplot Company, a global supplier of crop nutrient products has purchased the patented Florikote technology from Florikan, a specialist in polymer-coated fertilizer technologies. Full story.
BASF to boost production of certain fungicides
BASF is making a significant investment to scale up and further integrate production and formulation capacities in order to meet continued demand for several key fungicides, including F 500 and Xemium. Full story.
Accreditation of soil labs possible in Illinois
Illinois Soil Testing Association (ISTA) membership and lab accreditation appears to be the best way for soil test labs to prove to agronomists and crop consultants that those soil test results that are pulled for clients will be accurate. Full story.
Potassium in Northern Great Plains soils
One plant nutrient that tends to occur in relative abundance in the Northern Great Plains is K. This is because soil minerals have developed from rock containing naturally high levels of K. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Premature corn kernel sprouting (aka vivipary)
Vivipary, the premature germination or sprouting of corn kernels on the cob prior to harvest, is not a common problem in Indiana but sometimes can be serious enough to warrant attention from growers. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Illinois agronomist comments on still green soybeans
While many soybean fields are drying normally and harvest is underway, University of Illinois crop sciences professor Emerson Nafziger has heard reports of soybean plants with green leaves and green stems that have dry pods and seeds. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Conditions are favorable for a return of Hessian fly
Many fields throughout the U.S. are already empty due to the nationwide drought that occurred this year. It is imperative that we do not jump the gun and still follow the fly-free date and plow fields before planting wheat. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
From today, how high do you expect the per bushel price of corn to go for December delivery on the Chicago Board of Trade?
A. Less than $8
B. $8 plus
C. $9 plus
D. $10 plus