DHS seeks comments on screening ag retailer employees
The new DHS Personnel Surety Program would allow companies to directly submit employee background information for screening to DHS; to submit information to verify an employee was enrolled in another terrorism screening program; or to verify information using a Transportation Worker Identification Credential program reader. Full story.
Wilbur-Ellis acquires Orchard Fertilizer Service
Wilbur-Ellis Company announced it has acquired the assets of Orchard Fertilizer Service, Inc., in Orchard, Neb. Full story.
JANA Partners complains about Agrium tactics
JANA Partners LLC has notified Agrium Inc. shareholders that Agrium is using shareholder money to pay brokers and investment advisers to cause their clients to vote for Agrium's board nominees at the upcoming Annual General Meeting. Full story.
Multi-toxin biotech crops not silver bullets, scientists warn
The popular new strategy of planting genetically engineered crops that make two or more toxins to fend off insect pests rests on assumptions that don’t always apply, University of Arizona researchers have discovered. Full story.
DuPont Pioneer, UNIConnect sign research agreement
DuPont Pioneer and UNIConnect announced the global roll-out of a lab information management system to help Pioneer accelerate the development of new plant products with higher yields and stronger resistance to pests and diseases. Full story.
Micronutrient market increases with zinc the leader
The North American agriculture micronutrient market is expected to continue to increase during the next five years. In 2011, zinc dominated the overall global agriculture micronutrient market and accounted for 35 percent of sales. Full story.
BioNitrogen signs agreement with United Suppliers
BioNitrogen Corporation announced that it has signed a supply agreement with United Suppliers, Inc. for the offtake of urea fertilizer for its planned plants in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Official soil or new technology in New York
|By Rich Keller, Editor, Ag Professional
Who has the right to claim having the soil that should be named the official New York state soil? There apparently was a hubbub in the New York legislature recently on what was the official state soil. Full story.
Syngenta’s new nematicide seed treatment registered
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted registration approval to Syngenta for its bio-control nematicide seed treatment that offers a unique, direct mode of action that is lethal to the soybean cyst nematode (SCN). Full story.
Pesticide handling requirements under the WPS
The posting, safety training and PPE are all required under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS). The Weed Science Society of America is providing detailed WPS regulation information as part of its series about pesticide stewardship. Full story.
Fertilizer award winner is a micronutrient advocate
Abdul Rashid, Ph.D., of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Islamabad, is the 2013 laureate of the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) Norman Borlaug Award. He is the 21st recipient of the award. Full story.
Soil testing for K
With spring's arrival, it is a good time to address some questions on soil testing that came up during the winter concerning testing soils in a field moist state versus the standard dried samples that are run through soil testing labs. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Corn growers: Assess wireworm risk prior to planting
Corn growers need to scout their fields to determine wireworm populations before planting so they don't miss the optimum treatment window, a Purdue Extension entomologist says. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
15-inch rows increase bean yields
To boost soybean yields and profitability in 2013, Syngenta encourages growers to start the season strong by utilizing the best agronomic practices. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Bird cherry-oat aphids and greenbugs on wheat
Bird cherry-oat aphids and greenbugs may begin to show up in April on wheat fields in Kansas. If aphid populations begin to increase as the weather warms up, producers will have to decide whether fields should be sprayed to control them. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
Which crop nutrient pricing are you watching the closest going into planting season?
C) Potassium (potash)