Legal brief filed in Mississippi River Basin Lawsuit
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA), and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), submitted a joint memorandum as interveners in opposition to the Gulf Restoration Network (GRN), et al (plaintiffs) and in support of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Full story.
Agreement reached on Florida numeric nutrient criteria
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) reached an agreement regarding who will implement Florida’s numeric nutrient criteria to prevent the state’s waterways from excess nitrogen and phosphorus. Full story.
MGI soybean resistance will happen before 2020
Syngenta has announced progress in development of a new herbicide tolerant trait for soybeans. The MGI herbicide tolerance is under co-development with Bayer CropScience for soybeans and will provide tolerance by soybeans to three active ingredients. Full story.
The future of fertilizer
Farmers have long known one of the best ways to increase crop production is to add nutrients to the soil. Development and adoption of concentrated synthetic fertilizers, along with plant breeding, irrigation and other technologies, helped fuel the Green Revolution during the middle of the 20th Century. Full story.
Water soluble fertilizer market increasing
Water soluble fertilizers are expected to grow in use at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5 percent from 2012 to 2017, reaching 8,895.4 thousand metric tons worldwide by 2017. Full story.
Mosaic enters phosphate joint venture in Saudi Arabia
The Mosaic Company has entered into a Heads of Agreement with Ma'aden and the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) under which the companies intend to enter a joint venture to develop integrated phosphate production facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Full story.
Two Brazilian focused fertilizer companies merge
Rio Verde Minerals Development Corp. has been acquired by B&A Fertilizers Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of B&A Mineração S.A. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Did Whole Foods go too far on GMO-labeling?
|By Greg Henderson, Editor, Associate Publisher, Drovers CattleNetwork
Was becoming the first national grocery chain to set a timeline for GMO-labeling a savvy PR move or unnecessary scare tactic? Your answer may well depend on your annual income and food budget. Full story.
Tank-mix survey results from top growers
More than half of U.S. corn, soybean and wheat growers have changed their herbicide tank-mix strategies within the last three years, according to a survey of 2013 Commodity Classic attendees. Primary shifts included using new, different or more herbicides in the same spray tank. Full story.
Corn stover collection can have environmental impacts
Removing corn stover from agricultural fields to produce cellulosic ethanol requires careful management to avoid adding greenhouse gas emissions and soil erosion to the environment, say Purdue University researchers. Full story.
Northern Plains sees corn boom
A combination of a long-term warming trends, improved seeds and soaring profits has sparked a "corn boom" in the Northern Plains that might one day turn North and South Dakota into the new Iowa, analysts say. Full story.
Ohio farmers commit $1 million to phosphorus research
Farmers and other agricultural organizations are investing more than $1 million to commission a study to investigate phosphorus use in farming. This three-year project will determine how phosphorus is used in agriculture, how it leaves farm fields and how much of it is actually entering Ohio waterways. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Is a population change warranted in irrigated corn?
Following the 2012 drought, many Nebraska growers are faced with water allocations and looking for ways to reduce evaporation and transpiration (ET) or are wanting to ensure more efficient irrigation applications. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Plan now for good marestail control in soybeans
Controlling marestail in soybeans has been a big challenge for Kansas no-till producers. From scouting fields this winter it appears there will be a more significant population of marestail than last year and it will need to be addressed. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Early spring control of weeds in thin stands of wheat
Thin, late-developing wheat is likely to have excessive weed problems because of the open space and canopy, but treatment decisions can be difficult. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)