Senate wants early fertilizer explosion hearing
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said last week that she and the committee she heads plans to investigate the explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people and injured scores more. Full story.
Ammonium nitrate caused Texas explosion
Investigators have determined that ammonium nitrate was the cause of the explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant last month that left 14 people dead and some 200 injured. Full story.
Dow AgroSciences gains EPA registration for sulfoxaflor
Dow AgroSciences LLC announced that U.S. regulatory authorities have approved the new insecticidal active ingredient, sulfoxaflor to be marketed in the U.S. as Transform and Closer. Full story.
Scouting to get the most out of every acre
A recent BASF poll showed nearly 80 percent of growers are changing their weed management programs to head off herbicide-resistant weeds — and with resistance confirmed across 31 U.S. states, a good scouting technique is a must for every field. Full story.
Growers should plan ahead for energy beet production
Farmers considering energy beet production in the future should assess what herbicides they use during this growing season due to potential residue impact. Full story.
Scout corn fields for these five weeds in 2013
With more weeds becoming glyphosate-resistant or surviving glyphosate-only applications, corn growers continue to rely on residual herbicides to manage tough weeds and protect their yield, according to Dow AgroSciences. Full story.
Safety during a retailer’s busy season
Safety training isn’t a lock against accidents occurring. Just because ag retailer employees go through safety programs and training that farmers don’t go through doesn't make them immune to accidents. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Keep crop insurance affordable in new farm bill
|By Bing Von Bergen, president and acting CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers
There is a lot of buzz in Washington again this year about the prospects of a farm bill. For those of us in agriculture, a five-year farm bill is one of the few things Congress can do to take some of the guesswork out of farming. Full story.
Full-season hybrids still better than early hybrids
Long-term research studies from DuPont Pioneer and several universities show that adapted, full-season corn hybrids usually offer the best yield and profit advantage when planting delays are not extreme. Full story.
Windy spring makes spraying hard without drift
Penn State Extension has provided helpful management tips to keep herbicide applications on-target and a farmer or custom applicator out of hot water from drift. Full story.
Soil insecticide and herbicide interaction potential
Knowing that different combinations of soil insecticides and herbicides can negatively interact and cause phytotoxicity to corn plants was better known years ago prior to the use of Bt for rootworm control, when soil insecticides were the primary tactic that growers used. Full story.
Don't underestimate the value of starter fertilizer
The weather changes rapidly and unexpectedly in Iowa. Farmers and retailers went from worrying about planting in dry soil to late planting in cold soil. Therefore, farmers and crop consultants are wondering about using starter fertilizer to speed up early corn growth and increase yield. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Considerations for planting corn under wet conditions
What should producers expect if they plant corn into soils that are too wet in order to get it planted on time, and what can they do to minimize any problems? It is best, of course, to allow time for the soil to dry adequately before tillage or planting operations if at all possible. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Calculator helps with soybean seeding-rate decisions
With the wide range of which soybean plant populations produce similar yields, soybean seeding rates have not historically been as closely calculated as those for corn. But soybean seed costs have risen to the point at which farmers don’t want to plant more seeds than they need for top yields. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Stripe rust detected in southeast Kansas
At a regional level, both leaf rust and stripe rust were reported in Texas as early as February and March but so far Oklahoma is only reporting low or trace levels of these rust diseases. The disease levels have also been low locally in Kansas. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
What is the biggest aspect of how you are helping farmers the most in this compressed planting season?
A) Each applicator operator will work many more hours than any recent spring.
B) Leased/bought more equipment to help farmers.
C) Efficiently use remote telemetry to track equipment and send orders.
D) Work after dark hours across the company—field application and facilities operations.
E) Hired more seasonal help than normal.
F) Not changing much from recent springs.