Burndown options needed due to dicamba shortage
A shortage of dicamba for burndown this spring will cause retailers and growers to consider other options for effective early-season weed control. Full story.
Midwest soil could take up to two years to recharge
Randall Miles, associate professor of soil science at the MU School of Natural Resources, found that soil in the Midwest is dry down to as deep as 5 feet, where the roots of the crops absorb moisture and nutrients. Full story.
Committee searching for nutrient reduction strategies
Nutrient loads can cause problems with water quality. That's why the Missouri Nutrient Reduction Strategy Committee is working to decrease the amount of nutrients that end up in the Mississippi River. Full story.
Novozymes acquires enzyme business from Iogen
Novozymes acquired Iogen Bio-Products, the industrial enzyme business of Ottawa, Canada-based Iogen Corp. Full story.
Study: Atrazine poses no cancer risk in drinking water
A new report in the March 2013 issue of European Journal of Cancer Prevention
states atrazine appears to be a good candidate for a category of herbicides with a probable absence of cancer risk. Full story.
USDA sees one more boom year for U.S. farmers
The 7-year-old U.S. agricultural boom, driven by record-high commodity prices and painfully tight supplies, is expected to peak this year and then come to an abrupt end as high costs start to bite, the government projected on Monday. Full story.
Warm, dry spring and a developing La Niña are forecast
Meteorologist Art Douglas says the cooling of Pacific Ocean waters will support expansion and intensification of drought conditions in the West and Central Plains through spring. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Innovation is anything but business as usual
|By Bob Stallman, president, American Farm Bureau Federation
Fear of failing dooms us to repeat what others have done, therefore never finding innovation and change. So, if we are going to think big, we will certainly at some point fail big. Full story.
Moderate growth for global potash industry projected
The global potash fertilizer industry is expected to exceed $39 billion by 2017, with a CAGR of 4.9 percent over the next five years. Full story.
Hintzsche Fertilizer acquires Walter Seed and Fertilizer
Effective Feb. 8, Hintzsche Fertilizer Inc. acquired Walter Seed and Fertilizer Inc., located in Grand Ridge, Ill. Full story.
New biofertility product from Novozymes BioAg
Novozymes BioAg is expanding its portfolio of biological fertility products for the 2013 growing season with the introduction of new JumpStart LCO. Full story.
Bruised potash sellers may lift curbs on output
The world's top potash producers may abandon attempts to rein in output to keep prices high, switching to a strategy of ramping up sales as they face rising competition and big buyers of fertilizer take an increasingly aggressive stance. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Corn and dry soils at planting; looking ahead to 2013
It doesn’t surprise any of us that in areas of the Corn Belt with poorer soils and/or reduced rainfall, farmers typically reduce plant populations to compensate for conditions. Is that something Iowa farmers should again consider if conditions remain dry at planting? Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Kudzu and some soybeans surviving in Georgia
Both kudzu and Asian soybean rust have survived the winter so far in Georgia, which means rust could impact soybean growers sooner than normal this year. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
New Oregon State University wheat resists stripe rust
With the baking industry in mind, Oregon State University has developed a higher-yielding soft white winter wheat that's also resistant to stripe rust disease. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
Are farmers preparing for an early start to 2013 field work?
C) Preparing the same as any year