Nervous farmers scramble for corn seed after drought
Ohio farmer Rob Joslin is not taking chances with his corn seed, despite assurances that seed companies emerged from this summer's devastating drought with adequate supplies. Full story.
Dealing with 'least toxic pesticides'
Recommendations and decisions to use “least toxic pesticides” and “pesticides as a last resort” have flourished in the last decade, but according to three scientific organizations, these are not the correct approaches to the pesticide component of an Integrated Pest Management program. Full story.
Crop protection Agrow Awards presented
The Agrow global crop protection industry awards were announced last week in London. Full story.
Update on frogeye leaf spot and strobilurin resistance
University of Illinois plant pathologist Carl Bradley said that since 2010, strains of the fungus that are resistant to strobilurin fungicide have been found in Illinois and other states. Full story.
Study shows global nematode-control product sales
With estimated sales of almost $1 billion at the grower level in 2011, the global nematicides market is expected to continue its steady increase, reaching $1.2 billion by 2016 with significant pockets of growth in the Asia-Pacific region and South America, according to the recently released “Global Nematicide Market: Market Analysis and Opportunities” report by consulting and research firm Kline & Company. Full story.
Soy checkoff research yields smartphone app
Ever wonder whether it’s worth it to apply a fungicide? How about the most cost-effective seeding rate? The national soy checkoff has put that information in the palm of farmers and agronomists’ hands. Full story.
Hybrid offerings change rapidly year to year
Corn growers talk about the years when seed corn companies would offer the same number of hybrids for a few years, but today the seed companies are coming out with large numbers of new hybrids each year. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Dodd-Frank shouldn’t end swaps at year end
|By Don Coursey, Ameritech Professor of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago
Federal regulators roiled farmers across America with the release of new rules for financial instruments on Aug. 27. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, one of the agencies charged with implementing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, officially announced the new requirements and said they would take effect by year’s end. Full story.
New global fungicide analysis report
The global fungicides market has witnessed robust growth during the last five years and is expected to witness growth momentum although at a slightly reduced pace and reach an estimated $21.42 billion in 2017 with a CAGR of 6.7 percent over the next five years. Full story.
Soil compaction management
It is important to have a thorough understanding of the basics of soil compaction and to make the investment to address it to maintain the productivity of the soil and improve the ability to be in the fields under sub-optimal conditions. Full story.
Warmer climates don't correlate to more fertile soils
Increased temperatures from climate change have been expected to speed decomposition of plant materials and the return of nitrogen to soils, making the soil more fertile for plants. But Jeff Dukes, an associate professor of forestry and natural resources at Purdue, found that the microbes responsible for returning nitrogen to soils react differently to a range of climate scenarios. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Managing volunteer corn
DuPont Pioneer offers information on the yield impact of volunteer corn and provides some management options. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Row width trends in soybeans
Extensive research studies conducted over many locations and years have compared drilled narrow rows vs. 30-inch rows in soybeans, and have generally shown a significant yield advantage for drilled narrow rows. In recent years, however, drilled soybeans have fallen out of favor in many areas. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Update on nitrate levels in forages this fall in Kansas
Kansas continues to have problems with high nitrate levels in forages this fall, especially in cereals such as wheat, rye, oats, barley and triticale planted early for fall grazing following drought-damaged corn or sorghum, and in brassica crops such as canola, turnips, rape, kale, rutabagas and tillage radishes. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
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