Could potash prices have bottomed out?
Speculation that the world’s potash prices have reached a new floor has been circulating, and Germany’s K+S AG CEO told a German newspaper this week that he thinks the bottom has now been reached. Full story.
Nufarm acquires 51% equity in Brazilian seed company
Nufarm’s wholly owned Nuseed subsidiary, Nuseed do Brasil S.A., has acquired 51 percent of the equity in Atlantica Sementes Ltda., a Brazilian business specializing in sorghum and sunflower seeds. Full story.
Some carbon nanotubes deplete beneficial microbes
Some types of carbon nanotubes used for strengthening plastics and other materials may have an adverse effect on soil microbiology and soil microbial processes, a Purdue University study shows. Full story.
The fertilizer price situation
Fertilizer prices are steady to lower at this point in 2013. At this point in time it looks like crop producers may get a break on their fertilizer costs for 2013. Full story.
New miner wants in on the global potash club
Potash miner Prospect Global Resources Inc. won't open its first mine until at least 2015, but the American upstart is already upsetting the multibillion-dollar fertilizer industry where a few players control a crucial ingredient in the global food chain. Full story.
CSHL scientists find new means of boosting corn yields
A team of plant geneticists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has successfully demonstrated what it describes as a “simple hypothesis” for making significant increases in yields for the corn plant. Full story.
New layered polyurethane fertilizer coating introduced
The J. R. Simplot Company, a global supplier of crop nutrient products, announced its new dual-reactive, layered polyurethane fertilizer coating, Gal-XeONE. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Why ag got excited about the Ram Truck ad
|By Colleen Scherer, Managing Editor, Ag Professional
If you’re involved with agriculture, you’ve probably seen the Ram Trucks ad that ran during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, Feb. 3. The ad was titled “So God made a farmer” and featured legendary broadcaster Paul Harvey’s speech at the 1978 National FFA Convention along with a variety of images of rural America and the farming life and ended with the image of Ram Trucks. Full story.
PhenomApp collects plant observations in the field
The Phenom-Networks team has released an Android application, “PhenomApp,” which is an electronic data capture app for collecting plant observations in the field using your tablet or smartphone. Full story.
AgTrax launches TraxView
AgTrax, a provider of advanced software system solutions exclusively for agribusiness, has released the full TraxView suite. Full story.
Nitrogen: Choosing source and timing for wheat
Is it time to fertilize wheat and grass yet? Not really. N uptake for wheat and grass during February will be minimal, and there is a risk that fertilizer applied now will be lost before peak uptake time in April and May. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Alfalfa-corn rotation increases yield
Farmers usually enjoy a yield boost when corn is planted following an alfalfa crop. The major reasons: reduced pest and disease pressure, better soil structure that enhances root growth and water infiltration, and an altered soil microbial community, says Jeff Coulter, a corn agronomist with University of Minnesota Extension. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Five biotech soybean varieties coming soon
Developing biotech soybean varieties with agronomic traits that could help farmers in the field remains a high priority of soy checkoff research. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Hessian fly publication released for Southeast
A new publication is available to help Southeastern farmers deal with the Hessian fly, a devastating insect pest of wheat. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
What do you think is causing the extreme weather the United States has experienced in the past year?
A) Fluctuation between El Niño and La Niña
B) Global warming
C) Short-term changes in weather patterns
D) Sun activity
E) Don’t know