Outlook for 2013 hinges on drought prospects
Going into 2013, the drought's agricultural impacts are likely to persist while hydrologic impacts related to water supply will start to develop if we don’t see any relief,” according to Brian Fuchs, climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center. Full story.
New Bayer CEO calls for greener revolution
The time is now for a Greener Revolution in Agriculture, to increase the productivity of farming in a more sustainable and environmentally compatible way, said Bayer CropScience’s new CEO Liam Condon in his keynote address Monday at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin. Full story.
Do you know where your soil is tonight?
While most of the Corn Belt has been experiencing drought, parts of the South have experienced flooding and are dealing with its impacts to the soil, particularly in Mississippi. Full story.
A history lesson in herbicide resistance
The evolution and spread of glyphosate resistant weeds has increased people’s awareness of the threat of herbicide resistance. Participants at a recent series of meetings were asked their perspective of the prevalence of resistance to several herbicide classes in fields they managed. Full story.
Facing drought, U.S. farmers return to crop rotation
Farmers in top U.S. grain states are planning to rotate to other crops after repeated plantings of corn on the same fields, combined with a devastating drought in 2012, badly hurt yields. Full story.
Rabobank projects global fertilizer trends
A new report issued from Rabobank indicates that the global fertilizer industry will have an oversupply of product throughout the first quarter of 2013. Full story.
Demonstration of Enlist System is focus of 2013
Dow AgroSciences continues to execute on its launch strategy as it awaits final regulatory approvals for the Enlist Weed Control System — both Enlist-traited seed corn and Enlist Duo herbicide — which is a totally new herbicide-tolerant trait technology. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Grain exported instead of feeding people
|By Rich Keller, Editor, Ag Professional
Over and over we hear about how farmers around the world are going to need to raise more crops to feed the rapidly expanding population, but growing the crop has nothing to do with feeding the larger population. Full story.
Potash inventory climbs as India keeps Canpotex waiting
Potash inventories at the producer level in North America increased in December and reached their highest level since March, according to data posted on PotashCorp’s website. Full story.
Ag telematics solution from Leica Geosystems
Leica Geosystems has launched Virtual Vista, a web-based platform that allows monitoring fleet and field activities in a simple and effective way. Full story.
Soil fertility short course offered by ISU Extension
A two-day short course offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will focus on principles of soils, soil fertility and nutrient management to help those in crop production make important decisions. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Corn insecticide seed treatment options
Selecting corn seed treatments can be a challenging and expensive undertaking faced by many producers across Louisiana. Corn seed treatments target three spectrums of pests: nematodes, fungal seedling diseases and insects. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Revisiting metribuzin: It’s back with more utility
Metribuzin is one of the few residual herbicides that also has substantial burndown activity, primarily through non-systemic activity on small annual weeds. While this activity by itself is usually not adequate for control of emerged weeds, combining metribuzin with other burndown herbicides can improve the overall effectiveness of the burndown. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Hessian fly problems becoming apparent in N.C. wheat
Calls about Hessian fly in North Carolina wheat are increasing. It is important to scout wheat fields to determine if the symptoms yellowing, lack of vigorous growth, poor tillering, etc.) are the result of Hessian fly or something else. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
What do you think will be the biggest challenges in the next five years for agriculture?
A) Government regulations
B) Extreme weather
C) Feeding the world
D) Developing new technologies
E) Overcoming trade barriers
F) Anti-GMO and GM food labeling