Prop 37: California rejects proposal to label GMO foods
Despite some high-profile support from food celebrities and food writers, Californians defeated Proposition 37, which would have required foods containing GMOs to be labeled as such. Full story.
Canpotex increasing capacity for the future
To meet the growing global demand for food, three Canadian potash producers are each undertaking expansion programs that are valued at nearly $12 billion. Full story.
Seed prices going up, but so will revenues
Farmers will pay significantly more for the seed planted in 2013 but they will make up for it with higher returns on their investment, predicts a Purdue University agricultural economist. Full story.
Corn harvest finished, soybeans not far behind
In mid-August, USDA began reporting this year's corn harvest progress. Now, 12 weeks later, the Crop Progress report is showing corn harvest at 95 percent complete. Full story.
Nutra-Flo adds new micronutrient line
Nutra-Flo has launched its new MicroSolutions micronutrients line of products. Growers can blend MicroSolutions micronutrients with liquid fertilizer to help correct and/or prevent micronutrient deficiencies. Full story.
Increasing cropping intensity with cover crops
Cover crops do not produce a marketable product, but they benefit rotations by increasing organic matter, maintaining surface residue (which reduces evaporation), reducing nitrate leaching, reducing soil erosion, suppressing weeds, and adding diversity to crop sequences. Full story.
Lower margins force ethanol plant closures
U.S. ethanol producers are reducing output, or closing their doors, in response to the drought-induced reduction in corn supplies, according to Darrel Good, University of Illinois Extension agricultural economist. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Separating fact from fiction on biotechnology
|By Vanessa Kummer, United Soybean Board
Much is said about biotechnology in our food supply, otherwise known as GMOs. It’s sometimes hard to tell fact from fiction. Vanessa Kummer, chair of the United Soybean Board wants to set the record straight. Full story.
Kansas governor calls on preservation of Ogallala aquifer
Water usage and rights are becoming increasingly hot issues in today's conservation-conscious society, only exacerbated by the prolonged drought in the Midwest. Gov. Sam Brownback reiterated the importance of water conservation at the Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas. Full story.
MyAgData connects precision ag data
A new cloud-based online service designed to bridge the gap between popular farm management software and reporting requirements for crop insurance, USDA and other government entities has been introduced by Independent Data Management LLC. Full story.
Drought, nitrogen and water quality?
Farmers are facing multiple nitrogen management decisions after Mother Nature brought a significant drought this summer. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Three or four year crop rotation vs corn/soybean rotation
Iowa State University conducted a field study from 2003-2011 that compared the typical 2-year corn/soybean rotation, with 3-year and 4-year rotations that included both crops and livestock. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Arrested development in the soybean field
Although seed size has been a recently popular topic for discussion, seed number is the more important of the two yield components. So, understanding how plants regulate seed number and how this yield component responds to stresses and crop management are helpful in understanding soybean yield production. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Controlling winter annual broadleaf weeds in wheat
With a couple of exceptions, the winter annual broadleaf weeds can be controlled relatively easily with the array of herbicide options available for wheat. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
What percentage of growers are using cover crops this year?
A) 0% to 5%
B) 6% to 10%
C) 11% to 20%
D) 21% to 30%
E) More than 31%