Cropping system strategies to mitigate drought
Producers can take steps to reduce the impact of drought, should we face another shortage of rainfall in 2013, says a University of Missouri plant scientist. Full story.
XS Inc. sells chemical exchange business
XS Inc. has completed the sale of its XSAg.com chemical exchange business to Farmtrader LLC, an entity comprised of former XSAg.com employees who have been associated with the business for the last 12 years. Full story.
Dry granular glyphosate being sold in U.S.
Glysorita LLC, a U.S. supplier of generic glyphosate, is introducing two dry granular glyphosate formulations based on an ammonium salt, new to the United States market. Full story.
Monsanto’s pipeline advances 18 projects
Monsanto’s annual research and development update highlighted record project advancement across the company’s breeding, biotechnology, and improved agronomics platforms, all aimed at sustainably maximizing farmer productivity while conserving resources like water and land. Full story.
Proposed rule to give ingredients in minimum risk pesticides
The EPA is proposing to clarify the substances on the minimum risk pesticide ingredient list and the way ingredients are identified on product labels. Full story.
Drainage ditches can help clean up field runoff
Vegetated drainage ditches can help capture pesticide and nutrient loads in field runoff, USDA scientists report. Full story.
Brandt completes acquisition of Monterey AgResources
Brandt announced that it has completed the acquisition of Monterey Chemical Compay Inc., which does business under the trade name Monterey AgResources. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Death tax agreement makes life easier
|By Mike Barnett, Texas Farm Bureau
The cost of dying would have been a lot higher on Jan. 1 if Congress hadn’t stepped in at the last minute and dealt with the estate tax — commonly known as the death tax in farm country. Full story.
BioNitrogen acquires land in Hardee County, Florida
BioNitrogen Corp. announced it has acquired approximately 600 acres of land in Hardee County, Florida, for $9.7 million. Full story.
OSU to discuss ways to adapt ag to extreme weather
From the record drought that covered much of the nation last year to Superstorm Sandy that caused an estimated $50 billion or more in damage in the Northeast and Midwest, extreme weather events plagued growers nationwide throughout 2012 — and experts anticipate more in the future. Full story.
How multiple-genome plants reproduce
A study out of Harvard and Purdue universities is starting to unravel the genetic mechanisms that allow some plants to duplicate their entire genomes and continue to reproduce. Full story.
Forecast for 2013 phosphate market
With 2012 over, all eyes are now shifting to 2013 and how the new crop year will impact the phosphate market worldwide. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
'Do fungicides pay in drought?' Question answered
Syngenta yield data indicates Quilt Xcel fungicide helped corn and soybeans in drought-stressed regions across the U.S. better tolerate the 2012 drought. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Tips for weed management in soybeans
Losses due to weeds have been one of the major limiting factors in soybean production. Weeds compete with soybeans for light, moisture, and nutrients, with early-season competition being the most critical. Most of the yield reduction due to weed competition occurs during the first six weeks after planting. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Continued drought affecting Neb. Panhandle wheat
Drought and winds have affected much of western Nebraska’s 2013 winter wheat crop, University of Nebraska Extension educators and specialists say. Some fields are bare, others have thinner than usual stands, and in others the plant growth is slower than normal. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
What is the likelihood we are currently in a farmland price bubble?
A) Very likely
B) Somewhat likely
D) Not at all likely