Economist: Record corn crop possible despite drought
U.S. corn production, slashed dramatically by drought in 2012, could rebound to a record-large crop this year if yields improve moderately, said an agricultural economist from Texas A&M University on Monday. Full story.
Weather continues to dictate crop prices in 2013
The top two factors influencing crop markets in 2013 will be the weather and the potential for a rebound in demand, which diminished last year with drought-driven high prices, Dr. Chad Hart told growers at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 94th Annual Meeting. Full story.
EPA comments on Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 7 commented last week on the draft Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, which was released Nov. 19, 2012. Full story.
Bayer CropScience to collaborate with NCSU
Bayer CropScience and North Carolina State University announced the Bayer CropScience Graduate Fellowship in Plant Pathology. Full story.
Management strategies help control resistant weeds
DuPont Pioneer agronomists say management decisions, such as improved herbicide choices, clean seedbeds and careful planning for harvest, can help decrease resistant weeds. Full story.
Arysta LifeScience and Cheminova form partnership
Arysta LifeScience North America LLC and Cheminova Inc. announced a partnership to combine two best-in-class fungicide chemistries through a product that will set the new standard for fungicide performance. Full story.
EPA revises Clean Air Standards for stationary engines
In compliance with settlement agreements, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized revisions to standards to reduce air pollution from stationary engines that generate electricity and power equipment at industrial, agricultural, oil and gas production, power generation and other facilities. Full story.
EDITORIAL: The importance of a strong safety net
|By USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack
At the beginning of this New Year, we at USDA are redoubling our efforts to achieve an adequate, defensible safety net for producers, more economic opportunity through the biobased economy, safe and nutritious food for Americans, robust efforts to carry out research and greater conservation of our natural resources. Full story.
Competitors aggressively outsell U.S. corn
According to USDA's "Grain: World Markets and Trade" report, recent quarterly shipment data show U.S. corn exports dropping to the lowest level in at least two decades. Meanwhile, South American shipments, Brazilian in particular, have tripled. Full story.
Hard red winter wheat crop receives disaster declaration
Wheat growers in the southern Plains have known the effects of a drought for about 120 consecutive weeks, and now their neighbors to the north have been added to the drought disaster list. Full story.
The key to uniform application of anhydrous ammonia
For uniform application of anhydrous ammonia, it's important to understand the system you're using, said an agricultural engineer at University of Missouri's recent Crop Management Conference in Columbia. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Kochia control in corn and grain sorghum
Producers should start this winter in planning their program for controlling kochia in corn and grain sorghum. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Evaluation of foliar fungicides, insecticides on soybean
With partial funding from industry and soybean checkoff funds from the Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa State University Extension evaluated common foliar fungicides and insecticides at seven locations across Iowa in 2012 to determine yield response to an R3 (beginning pod set) application timing. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Bacteria pitted against fungi to protect wheat and barley
Soil-dwelling bacteria that depend on wheat and barley roots for their "room and board" could soon prove themselves helpful to the plants in return, according to USDA scientists. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
When do you think the first state will start requiring U.S. food companies to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients sold within their borders?
A) Sometime in 2013
D) After 2015