Ban on insecticides close in Europe
Syngenta and Bayer CropScience on Monday noted that European Union (EU) member states for the second time failed to agree on the European Commission’s proposal for a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides. But a ban is anticipated. Full story.
'Flag the Technology' aids herbicide application
Midwest agricultural retailers are beginning to more widely use the “Flag the Technology” method to reduce errors in herbicide applications and warn of needing to limit chemical drift. Full story.
New facility produces gypsum and sulfur product
A new facility will recover approximately 300,000 tons of gypsum annually to create a unique sulfur product. Full story.
Miner Vale SA able to pull out of potash mine
Global miner Vale SA signed an agreement with the Argentine government on Friday that will allow the Brazilian company to leave the $6 billion Rio Colorado potash mining project, a company spokeswoman told Reuters. Full story.
RFS is most important value-added ag market
In seventeen pages of comments, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) answered questions put forth in the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Assessment on Agricultural Sector Impacts. Full story.
Push to educate about intellectual property protection
There is a big push on by the agricultural industry to explain the need for intellectual property (IP) protection and why programs that seem like an inconvenience to ag retailers and farmers are important. Full story.
U.S. proposes WTO farm trade talks on food security
The United States said on Tuesday it was prepared to examine how agricultural policy reform could boost global food security as part of a package of commitments at the World Trade Organization's upcoming meeting in December. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Misinformation Central
|By Dan Murphy
A lengthy MSNBC segment on GMOs aired Sunday, but the experts assembled to debate the impact of biotech constantly got their facts wrong. What hope is there for the public? Full story.
Is municipal composting logical for ag?
Municipal operations to turn kitchen scraps and garden waste into compost for large-scale farming would require the ultimate in recycling programs. Are we approaching that situation in the U.S.? A report out of New Zealand sees such recycling as feasible. Full story.
Political dealing with farm programs
Monty Hall would love it. And farmers who gamble on the markets and big stakes revenue crops would be in hog heaven. Full story.
Make the most of controlled-release fertilizers
Controlled-release nitrogen fertilizers are higher in cost than conventional products, but they can be advantageous in certain situations. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Planting delays and corn prospects
April 2013 turned into a “second March,” with wet weather and cool temperatures persisting into the last week of the month and corn planting progress in Illinois stuck at 1 percent as May began. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Convert 50% of beans to two-pass weed control
Which weed troubles your farmers’ the most? The answer should be any weed taller than two to four inches. Beyond this height, controlling a variety of species becomes difficult, and in soybeans, postemergence options are limited. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Wheat growth stage and yield loss from disease
A foliar wheat disease, such as leaf rust, causes the most damage when it is severe at heading, flowering or milk, and not as damaging at soft dough or later, as explained by Oklahoma State University Extension. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
What is your estimate of how much less corn will be planted in your area than prior to the cold and wet spring weather?
A) No change
B) 0 to 10% less
C) 11% to 20% less
D) 21% to 30% less
E) Greater than 30% less
F) Actually more corn acres will be planted