Looking for Texas fertilizer plant explosion facts
The West Fertilizer Company plant explosion in West, Texas, is an international news story without many details having been provided by law enforcement, fire investigators or emergency services directors. Full story.
Improving corn success after 2012 drought
As we get close to planting corn it is a good time to make management decisions for the upcoming planting season. Full story.
Research: Kudzu bugs may pose greater threat
Conventional wisdom has held that the insect pests will be limited to areas in the southern United States, but new research from North Carolina State University shows that they may be able to expand into other parts of the country. Full story.
Bayer, Monsanto sign cross-licensing agreements
Bayer CropScience and Monsanto Company have entered into a series of licensing agreements for next-generation and enabling technologies in the field of plant biotechnology that will provide new options and choices for farmers. Full story.
New Bumper ES fungicide receives EPA approval
Bumper ES fungicide, manufactured by MANA, has received approval by the EPA for its new state-of-the-art formulation that provides broad-spectrum control of foliar fungal diseases on corn, soybeans, sorghum and other crops. Full story.
4R Nutrient Stewardship research fund is launched
The North American fertilizer industry has pledged $7 million to fund a multi-year research effort aimed at measuring and evaluating the economic, social and environmental impacts of 4R Nutrient Stewardship (use of the right fertilizer source at the right rate at the right time and in the right place). Full story.
Chlorpyrifos-resistant greenbugs found in Texas
Greenbugs resistant to chlorpyrifos were found in at least two counties of Texas last week. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Attack of the Farm Bill zombies
|By Gene Hall, Texas Farm Bureau
It’s a curious coalition that always creeps out of the deep woods to oppose the farm bill, which, in one form or another has ensured U.S. supplies of food and fiber since the 1930s. Full story.
Herbicide plans can out-smart ‘watch-out’ weeds
Common waterhemp, Palmer amaranth, giant and common ragweed, Italian ryegrass and marestail are all part of a growing group of yield-reducing weeds to watch out for in the United States. With confirmed resistance to multiple herbicides, these species are top of mind for farmers this season. Full story.
Pentair introduces new Hypro series of pumps
Pentair recently unveiled its new Hypro 9208 Series, which is designed to meet today’s liquid fertilizing and water transfer needs, as well as the 9308 Series, engineered for high volume spraying of corrosive chemicals in hydrostatic and non-hydrostatic drive systems. Full story.
New K-4TSDF "The Shrew" Knife by Shield Ag
Shield Agricultural Equipment announces its all new K-4TSDF "The Shrew" knife series for improved results of injecting ammonia or liquid fertilizers in difficult no-till and min-till applications. Full story.
N is key to uptake of other corn nutrients, study shows
A historical analysis of corn research shows that new hybrids are taking up more nitrogen than older plant varieties after the crucial flowering stage, a clue as to how plant scientists will need to adapt crops to increase yields. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Armyworm flight begins in Kentucky
Although damage from armyworms is several weeks away, monitoring this stage gives growers a heads-up that the pest is around. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Estimating yield potential of soybean by planting date
With the wet weather conditions this spring, many soybean growers are concerned about the late start this year compared to the 2012 spring. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Ice-coated wheat, and symptoms of freeze damage
In central Kansas, many fields of wheat were covered in a thick coating of ice on April 11. By itself, a coating of ice on the surface of leaves and stems will usually not cause direct damage unless the wheat is tall enough that the weight of the ice breaks the wheat over and causes lodging. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
What refuge strategy are farmers using this year?
A) Majority are switching to the 5% refuge in a bag
B) Majority are staying with the set-aside acreage refuge
C) Don’t know