Monsanto helping solve the Rubik’s Cube of farming
“Farming is like trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube,” according to Ted Crosbie, Monsanto, vice-president global plant breeding. Full story.
After drought, U.S. corn movement turns upside down
The devastating U.S. drought and ensuing crop disease are upending traditional grain movement patterns, with dozens of trains and barges shipping North Dakota or Mississippi corn into the Corn Belt rather than out to the coasts. Full story.
Syngenta completes facility expansion in Slater, Iowa
Syngenta announced the completion of an $8.3 million expansion at its Slater, Iowa, parent seed production facility. The Slater plant will supply Syngenta seed production sites in North America the corn parent seed necessary to produce single-cross hybrid seed. Full story.
The Andersons buys assets from Green Plains Grain
The Andersons Inc. has signed an agreement to purchase a majority of the grain and agronomy assets of Green Plains Grain Company LLC, a subsidiary of Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. Full story.
Wilbur-Ellis to launch Agricultural Career Network
Wilbur-Ellis Company, a marketer and distributor of agricultural and feed products, announced its sponsorship to support FFA Agricultural Career Network. Full story.
Koch Nitrogen adding control center at Fort Dodge plant
Koch Nitrogen Company LLC has begun construction on a $10 million state-of-the-art control center building at its fertilizer plant located near Ft. Dodge, Iowa. Full story.
New topics added to annual MU conference
Two days with 36, one-hour sessions only begins to describe the University of Missouri annual Crop Management Conference, Dec. 18-19. Multiple crop management topics will be discussed. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Teach presidential candidates to say the ‘a’ word
|By Hilary Parker
What the heck would it take to get presidential candidates to focus on agriculture during their campaigns for office? Is it really that hard? Full story.
Potash Corp closing in on China contract
After releasing disappointing third-quarter results last week, Potash Corp announced it expected to ink a sales contract with China before the end of the year. Full story.
Rotary harrow beats no-till to reduce atrazine runoff
A comparison using no-till, a rotary harrow and minimum till with a field cultivator and applying atrazine herbicide, showed the harrow decreases the atrazine runoff compared to no-till and decreases erosion compared to minimum till use of a field cultivator. Full story.
Fall populations of soybean aphids non-existent
Despite sampling buckthorn throughout Ohio this fall, Ohio State University researchers have been unable to determine the overwintering levels of soybean aphids. Full story.
Soil tests may not show accurate nutrient availability
Growers conducting soil tests this fall may be surprised at unexpectedly low potassium (K) levels. It’s likely, however, that fields tested in drought-stricken areas have plenty of nutrients waiting to move back into the soil, according to DuPont Pioneer agronomists. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Stalk lodging and ear drop impact corn yields
The heavy rains and strong winds (plus snow in some areas) forecast this week increased the potential for stalk lodging and ear drop, which could impact yields and slow grain harvest. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Ozone’s impact on soybean yield: Reducing future losses
People tend to think of ozone as something in the upper atmosphere that protects the earth’s surface from Ultra-violet (UV) radiation. At the ground level, however, ozone is a pollutant that damages crops, particularly soybean. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
AgriLife to participate in $3.3 million wheat disease study
Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Amarillo will participate in a $3.3 million grant to look at wheat diseases caused by mite-vectored viruses, according to Dr. Charlie Rush, plant pathologist. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
When do you think Congress will pass the next farm bill?
A) During the Lame Duck session
B) Sometime this winter after the Lame Duck session
C) Not until spring
D) Not until next summer
E) Don’t know