U.S. Supreme Court rules for Monsanto in patent fight
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that an Indiana farmer violated agribusiness company Monsanto Co's patent for a type of soybean. Full story.
More concern about GM impact statements
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced on Friday that the agency plans to prepare two separate environmental impact statements (EIS) before any decision about the regulatory status of crops genetically engineered (GE) to be resistant to 2,4-D or dicamba herbicides. Full story.
ISU: Farming practices to minimize ill effects on bees
Farmers being observant with seed treatments at planting and pesticide applications during the growing season could minimize ill effects on bee populations, according to Iowa State University entomologists. Full story.
ARA accepting nominations for Ag Retailer of the Year
The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) is now accepting nominations for the Agricultural Retailer of the Year Award. This award honors retailers who consistently exceed their customer's expectations and serves as a positive example for other retailers through their outstanding, sustainable and innovative business practices. Full story.
Syngenta and DuPont to launch new fungicides
Syngenta and DuPont announced technology licensing agreements that will broaden each company's crop protection product portfolio and enable both to bring new products to market more efficiently. Full story.
New findings on surfactant seed coating technology
Matt Madsen, Ph.D., of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and representatives from Aquatrols Corporation of America recently presented new findings on a patent-pending surfactant seed coating technology at the International Symposium on Adjuvants for Agrochemicals (ISAA). Full story.
Fertilizer producer Mosaic to defer potash expansion
Mosaic Co, the second-largest fertilizer producer in North America, will delay plans to expand potash production in Western Canada due to unfavorable market conditions, a company executive said. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Union of scientists hate conventional ag
|By Rich Keller, Editor, Ag Professional
“U.S. agriculture is at a crossroads: continue the polluting, soil-depleting industrialized farming methods of the past, or invest in modern practices of the future,” so says the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Full story.
First patent issued on TAL effector technology
The Two Blades Foundation (2Blades), a not-for-profit organization focused on the development and deployment of durable disease resistance for agriculture, announced the April 16 issuance of a key patent for gene editing based on the use of TAL effectors. Full story.
Global N fertilizer market to reach $110 billion by 2017
The global nitrogen fertilizer market is forecast to reach an estimated $109.83 billion in 2017 with good progress over the next five years, according to a new study. Full story.
New pesticide record-keeping app from ISU
Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach worked with iOS app developer Rade | Eccles to develop the Pesticide and Field Records iPad app to help producers and agriculture businesses record and maintain pesticide application information. Full story.
Starter and sulfur fertilizer use for corn
With the variation in conditions we have seen this spring there are a few issues that may show up in fields related to cool and wet soils. Purpling of corn leaves due to phosphorus (P) deficiency and early season interveinal striping due to sulfur (S) may occur if temperatures remain cool and we continue to have frequent rains. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
UAN and herbicides on emerged corn
While UAN (urea-ammonium nitrate) and many pre-emergence products can be applied to emerged corn, using UAN as a herbicide carrier enhances the foliar activity of products and may result in foliar damage. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Assessing soybean stands under cool conditions
Soil temperatures are cool enough to delay soybean emergence for as much as two weeks. Warmer temperatures now forecast for the end of the week will help to alleviate this. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Stripe rust confirmed in wheat in southeast Nebraska
On May 7, stripe rust was confirmed in research plots at the UNL Agricultural Research and Development Center (ARDC) near Mead. Wheat in the plots is still in the early stages of development. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
How far behind schedule are the farmers in your area for planting corn this year?
A) A few days
B) A week
C) A couple weeks
D) More than two weeks behind