JANA Partners makes case for change at Agrium
JANA Partners LLC turned up the heat again on Agrium by revealing its full case for “value-unlocking structural and operation change” at Agrium. Full story.
New study claims GE crops increasing pesticide use
The use of herbicides in the production of genetically modified corn, cotton and soybeans is increasing, according to a new study published by Washington State University research professor Charles Benbrook. Full story.
Ag co-ops setting financial records
Farmer, rancher and fishery cooperatives posted record sales and income in 2011, surpassing the previous record sales year of 2008 by $10 billion while besting the old income record by $500 million, according to the Department of Agriculture's Dallas Tonsager, under secretary for Rural Development. Full story.
Dow AgroSciences launches rebrand identity
Dow AgroSciences introduced a new brand and visual identity this fall, the culmination of a major brand transformation the company has undertaken over the past year, according to Antonio Galindez, president and CEO of Dow AgroSciences. Full story.
S&W Seed Company acquires Imperial Valley Seeds
S&W Seed Company has acquired Imperial Valley Seeds Inc., a marketer of non-dormant alfalfa seed varieties to international markets, principally the Middle East, North Africa and Latin America. Full story.
C.H. Robinson introduces ChemSolutions division
C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc., one of the world's largest logistics companies, has formed a new division called ChemSolutions that will provide logistics services to chemical manufacturing and distribution customers globally. Full story.
Early harvest numbers for Pioneer Aquamax
New Pioneer brand Optimum Aquamax products from DuPont Pioneer demonstrated a significant yield advantage in the second year of on-farm evaluations in North America during unprecedented drought conditions. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Worst anti-biotech study ever
|By Dan Murphy
Lots of activists manage to get suspect studies published. But few experiments are as blatantly biased, poorly conducted and egregiously error-ridden as this ‘GMOs-cause-tumors’ debacle. Full story.
Tips on gypsum application this fall
Gypsum should be applied before crop planting using a dry applicator that can spread a large volume of fertilizer, lime or litter. Fall application is common timing for gypsum. Full story.
NipsIt Inside registered as rice seed protectant
Valent U.S.A. Corp. announced that NipsIt Inside insecticide has been registered by the Environmental Protection Agency for use as a seed protectant on dry, drill-seeded rice. Full story.
The Andersons to acquire Mt. Pulaski Products
The Andersons Inc. signed a definitive agreement to purchase substantially all of the assets of Mt. Pulaski Products LLC. The transaction, which remains subject to certain conditions, is anticipated to close in the fourth quarter. Full story.
See-through soil reveals plant roots
A team of researchers from the James Hutton Institute in Scotland and the University of Abertay Dundee have developed a see-through soil that will enable them to study roots in detail for the first time. Full story.
Soil nutrients from livestock manure are valuable
Fertilizer prices have increased dramatically over the last decade. Soil fertility is a critical factor affecting yield potential. Nutrients should be spread evenly over fields, rather than allow nutrients to build to high levels on a few fields. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Drought 2012: Moldy corn and crop insurance
Due to the moisture and heat stress with the drought of 2012, Wisconsin farmers should be especially aware of moldy corn this year, for the health of their livestock and food safety. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Soybean green stem syndrome complicates harvest
Many soybean fields in Kentucky have green stems and brown pods. The seeds are mature, but the stems are not. This occurrence is commonly called “green stem syndrome.” Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Wheat planted in corn stubble at risk for head scab
More corn acres brought on by high corn prices in recent years could tempt winter wheat growers to plant the crop into corn stubble, but a Purdue Extension pathologist says the practice puts wheat at risk for head scab development. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
Do you think Californians will require GMO labeling of grocery store foods in the November referendum?
C) Don’t know