U.S. justices hostile to argument against Monsanto
U.S. Supreme Court justices signaled on Tuesday that agribusiness giant Monsanto Company was in a strong position to claim that an Indiana farmer violated its patent for a type of soybean. Full story.
New UN report claims a fertilizer crisis is looming
The United Nations has issued a new report, “Our Nutrient World” that claims the world is facing a fertilizer crisis because some areas of the world have too much fertilizer and others not enough. Full story.
2012 drought impacts 2013 seed corn
The devastating drought of 2012 damaged many crops and reduced yields. But the drought also hurt the production of seed and seed companies report that less seed corn is available this year and at a lesser quality. Full story.
Record number had 300+ bushel/acre corn yield
Farmers participating in the National Corn Growers Association 2012 National Corn Yield Contest set a new record by submitting 75 entries that surpassed the 300 bushels-per-acre mark. Full story.
New tool gets to the root of the matter
A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist and his colleague at Cornell University have developed a new tool for studying how roots take shape in the soil. Full story.
NRCS invests in conservation for Mississippi River health
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the investment of $59 million this year from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for the health of the Mississippi River basin, making a total of approximately $289 million for the initiative that reduces nutrient and sediment run-off. Full story.
Tips on how to reduce early-season emergence stress
Although planting corn early often results in higher yields, choosing the wrong planting date can have adverse effects on crop establishment. Cold, wet conditions can make corn emergence difficult, causing yield loss. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Anti-GMO campaign tackles Valentine’s Day candy
|By Colleen Scherer, Managing Editor, Ag Professional
The anti-genetically modified food movement is now looking to scare the public from eating Valentine’s Day candy. The group GMO Inside launched a campaign against Hersey and Mars to force them to label GM products or eliminate them. Full story.
New fertilizer rules take effect; OISC spreading the word
The Office of Indiana State Chemist is continuing its year-long effort to help farmers comply with new rules regulating how manure and other fertilizers can be staged on farms and applied to fields. The rules took effect Feb. 16. Full story.
Norac releases Hybrid Mode
Norac Systems International Inc. announced the release of Hybrid Mode, the new in-crop spraying feature for Norac Spray Height Control systems. Full story.
2013 spring N fertilizer recommendations for wheat
Unlike the Midwest, wet, saturated soils in the Mid-South have complicated nitrogen fertilization of wheat fields. The Mid-South has had its fair share of rain early this spring. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Seeding rate guidelines for corn in Indiana
One of the reasons that the topic of seeding rates is a popular one in coffee shops, internet chat rooms, the farm press and crop seminars is that variable rate seeding technology is becoming more and more commonplace today as a standard accessory on modern corn planters. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
USB: Drought impacts U.S. soybean quality results
According to a recent soy-checkoff-funded study, the overall oil levels in last year's U.S. soybean crop increased over the previous year, while average protein fell. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Timing is key for nitrogen application on winter wheat
With winter wheat coming closer to green-up, producers need to consider fertilizer management options. A University of Missouri Extension nutrient management specialist says proper timing of fertilizer application is important. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
What is the major change in crop management decisions by farmers because of the ongoing drought?
A) Changing seed choices
B) Changing fertilizer decisions
C) Changing tillage
D) Changing crops to be grown
E) Selecting different herbicide program
F) No major changes
D) Don’t know