PotashCorp settles antitrust cases in United States
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. announced that it and its wholly owned subsidiary PCS Sales (USA) Inc. have settled eight private antitrust lawsuits, which were filed by direct and indirect purchasers of potash in the United States in U.S. federal courts in 2008, for a total of $43.75 million. Full story.
‘Flash drought’ started huge percent of U.S. problem
During the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, approximately 80 percent of the U.S. was in a moderate to extreme drought, and during 2012, at the drought peak, about 65 percent of the U.S. was in moderate to extreme drought, according to Brian Fuchs, climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska. Full story.
Agrium fires back at Jana's plan to split company
Canadian fertilizer company Agrium Inc. will not split its wholesale and retail divisions as its biggest shareholder, Jana Partners, wants because doing so would "destroy value" for shareholders, Chief Executive Mike Wilson said on Monday. Full story.
BASF to expand its plant biotechnology research
BASF will expand its fungal resistance research platform by adding corn as a target crop. At the same time, research activities in Nutritionally Enhanced Corn will be stopped and the European approval processes for potato products will be discontinued. Full story.
AgReliant Genetics to open new corn research program
AgReliant Genetics is expanding its corn research efforts in Kansas by adding a breeding program facility and nursery that will accommodate the company's continued business growth in the western Corn Belt states. Full story.
Updated: Will 2013 be the year of the stink bug?
Farmers across the nation are being warned that stink bug populations could explode in 2013 after a slight reprieve in 2012. Full story.
Sulvaris announces new sulphur fertilizer facility
Sulvaris Inc. announced that it has signed definitive agreements for the construction and operation of a new sulphur fertilizer production facility near Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Are you an Ag Whisperer?
|By Rich Keller, Editor, Ag Professional
Food is full of chemicals, meat is pumped with hormones, the rights of food animals are trampled and genetically-altered crops will kill us all if industrial agriculture remains unfettered and factory farms continue rolling. Full story.
AgTrax Partners with SHS to refresh brand
AgTrax, a provider of integrated agribusiness software in the Midwest, has partnered with Sullivan Higdon & Sink to further develop their brand and introduce its latest comprehensive software product, TraxView. Full story.
Farmers report glyphosate-resistant weeds intensifying
U.S. farmers reported that the area of cropland infested with weeds that are resistant to glyphosate herbicides expanded to 61.2 million acres in 2012, according to a survey conducted by Stratus Agri-Marketing. Full story.
‘Corn Advisor’ app released by University of Arkansas
An app developed by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture can turn a smartphone or tablet into an anytime, any place corn expert. Full story.
Did the drought hurt the soil, as well as crop yields?
Measuring the drought impact on your 2012 yields may have been easy, although the psychological impact cut to the quick. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Refuge requirements for field corn
With the corn growing season rapidly approaching in Louisiana, many producers are faced with the task of deciphering what refuge their chosen variety or varieties require. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Help available for April soybean plantings
Soybean growers looking ahead to their 2013 crop now have help in deciding which of the dozens of varieties might work best when planted early and in the conditions particular to their farms. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Kansas winter wheat condition declines
Limited moisture in most areas caused the condition of the winter wheat to decline during January. The condition of the crop was rated 14 percent very poor, 25 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 19 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
How big of a problem are one or more stink bugs to crops in your area?
A) A big problem
B) Becoming a yearly problem
C) Not much of a problem any time
D) Don’t know