Court sets date for hearing of lawsuit against Monsanto
OSGATA et al v. Monsanto challenges the validity of Monsanto's transgenic seed patents and seeks preemptive court protection for farmers when Monsanto seed trespasses onto their farms and contaminates their crops. Full story.
USDA releases final report on co-existence of crops
USDA's Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture released a final set of recommendations on enhancing coexistence among different crop production methods. Full story.
Global enzyme market at $3.5 billion, 6% growth expected
From 2001-2011, the global industrial enzyme market scale presented a CAGR of 6.8 percent, and in 2011 the global market was valued at $3.5 billion, with a year-on-year growth rate of 6.1 percent. Full story.
CF Industries announces capacity expansions
CF Industries Holdings, Inc. announced that it will construct new ammonia and urea/UAN production units at its complex in Donaldsonville, La., and new ammonia and urea units at its complex in Port Neal, Iowa. Full story.
AGCO AgCommand app available
AGCO announced the availability of the company’s latest mobile application built to serve agriculture professionals on-the-go with a new AgCommand smartphone app. Full story.
Taking the financial temperature of the heart of the Cornbelt
In the heart of the Cornbelt, land prices continue to increase, and farmers are not only paying cash for farmland, but also paying off non-real estate debt. Full story.
Wilbur-Ellis and Canadian Bio-Systems sign agreement
Wilbur-Ellis Company and Canadian Bio-Systems Inc. announced a joint marketing agreement for distribution of feed enzymes into the U.S. market. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Feeding the world’s hungry and growing population
|By Daryll Ray and Harwood Schaffer, University of Tennessee
Despite the World Food Summit goal of halving the number of hungry in the world between 1996 and 2015, the number has remained stubbornly constant, with an uptick in the number as a result of the 2007-2008 crop price hikes. Full story.
Regular cleaning of ag equipment combats spread of weeds
Where farmers used to spend $6 an acre on weed control, they’re now spending $60 an acre. A major cause is residue on farming machinery moving across fields, counties and states, which is why no one should overlook the importance of cleaning equipment on a farm or at a retail business. Full story.
Pilot program validating new source of genes for plants
Evogene announced the successful completion of a two-year pilot program for development and validation of a discovery platform targeted at the identification and use of long non-coding RNA related genes for plant trait improvement. Full story.
Fiat Industrial and CNH Global to combine businesses
Fiat Industrial S.p.A. and CNH Global N.V. announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement to combine the businesses of Fiat Industrial and CNH. Full story.
USDA study shows trends in public and private ag R&D
Analysis published by the USDA Economic Research Service in the most recent issue of the journal Science examined the relationship between public and private investments in research and development and their importance in agricultural input industries. Full story.
Fall fertilizer resources and how to assess an N program
With soil temperatures across much of Nebraska dropping below 50° F, the recommended threshold for fall nitrogen applications, the University of Nebraska is offering tips related to fall fertilizer management. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Managing Palmer amaranth to manage resistance
A troublesome weed in the southern U.S. for many years, Palmer amaranth has been found in Nebraska south of the Platte River and west of Hastings for several years. This year, it was also found from the Panhandle to the Sandhills to Antelope County in northeast Nebraska. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Focusing on soybean oil
The sharp increase in soybean prices that began in June and peaked in early September was carried more by soybean meal prices than by soybean oil prices. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Scouting wheat in November
Wheat is in various stages of growth and conditions across Kansas this month, and producers should be scouting their fields to see how well the crop is developing, and whether there are any pests, weeds, or nutrient problems that could be solved later this fall or winter. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
In general what is your expectation for winter weather in the Corn Belt?
A) Colder than average and dryer than average
B) Colder than average and more precipitation than average
C) Warmer than average and dryer than average
D) Warmer than average and more precipitation that average
E) Typical temperatures and average precipitation
F) Typical temperatures and lower than average precipitation