Farmers will need to adapt as Corn Belt shifts north
Gradually, the Corn Belt has been shifting north as areas in North Dakota and Canada are now planting corn, soybeans and canola where they only used to be able to grow wheat. Likewise, parts of Kansas are decreasing their corn acres in favor of less water-intensive crops such as wheat, triticale and sorghum. Full story.
Syngenta, Plymouth Energy partner to use Enogen trait
Syngenta in North America announced it has signed a commercial agreement with Plymouth Energy of Merrill, Iowa, to use grain featuring Enogen trait technology in 2013. Full story.
DuPont introduces Basis Blend herbicide
DuPont Crop Protection has introduced DuPont Basis Blend herbicide, which has received federal registration approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for application after harvest and before ground freeze-up to control tough winter annuals weeds. Full story.
Loveland Products offers two new seed treatments
Loveland Products announced two new seed treatments under the Dyna-Start Seed Treatment brand. Dyna-Start Max will be offered in 2013 for soybeans and peanuts. Full story.
Southeast could be 'Saudi Arabia' of biofuel production
The Southeast has the potential to become the “Saudi Arabia” of biofuel crop production, according to Bill McCutchen, executive associate director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research. McCutchen called this region the “Bioenergy Belt.” Full story.
Watch for mobile soybean pests
Kudzu bugs and brown marmorated stink bugs have been rapidly spreading to new geographies. Full story.
EDITORIAL: The President’s review
|By Rick Patton, Publisher, AgProfessional
As America approaches another Presidential election, let’s take a couple steps back from the partisan sniping, unending television ads and biased mainstream media reporting to examine the situation from the perspective of a real world scenario in agriculture. The setting is the boardroom of Liberty Co-op in Iowa, and Barry Soetoro, Liberty’s General Manager has just arrived for his performance review with board president Jim Madison. Full story.
Workshop to cover wind farms, solar power, biogas
Ohio State University Extension will host a Nov. 8 Renewable Energy Workshop for those interested in learning how green energy generation could provide added income to farmers. Full story.
FarmAssist Mobile offers more features
Syngenta introduced new features to its FarmAssist.com mobile website to provide a "convenient, easy-to-navigate display with an enhanced search function and more information." Full story.
Where does nitrogen fertilizer come from?
Nitrogen is one of the most widely distributed elements in nature since it is the most abundant gas in the atmosphere. Even though N is not found in mineral forms like P or K, it is largely present in organic compounds. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Consideration of dryland corn seeding rate after drought
Soil water recharge during the coming winter and spring will be critical to setting plant population for next year’s corn in dryland systems. This is because yield response to plant population in dryland fields could be muted if soil water storage is low at the start of the growing season and rainfall during the growing season cannot meet crop water demand. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Strengthening a billion-dollar gene in soybeans
Matt Hudson and Brian Diers, crop sciences researchers at the University of Illinois and Andrew Bent at the University of Wisconsin, think they may have found a way to strengthen plant resistance to soybean cyst nematode. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Volunteer wheat that emerges at or near planting
In most cases, there is no question that volunteer wheat should be controlled so that it is dead two weeks before planting wheat. What if the volunteer wheat emerges at the same time the planted wheat emerges? Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
What percentage of your grower customers plan for the long term (5 years or more)?
A) Less than 5%
B) Less than 10%
C) Less than 20%
D) 25% or more