Court upholds deregulation of Roundup Ready Alfalfa
The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Friday upheld a lower-court ruling that unconditionally deregulated alfalfa genetically modified to withstand Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. Full story.
New urease inhibitor fertilizer company formed
Eco Agro Resources on May 20 issued a news release announcing the company’s formation and launch had occurred May 1. Eco Agro Resources is an agriculture and chemical producer and marketer of the “next generation of urease inhibitor and patent pending flagship product, N-Yield.” Full story.
Syngenta opens new $72 million Advanced Crop Lab
The first of its kind, $72 million Advanced Crop Lab allows company researchers to simulate any agricultural climate and precisely measure plant inputs. Full story.
Ag professionals can learn about Roundup Ready Xtend
Monsanto announced that its show-and-tell field demonstrations of new seed, trait and herbicide technologies for the summer of 2013 will be “diversified weed management practices” (DWMPs) plots. Full story.
Pesticide makers seek answers as bee losses sting ag
Agrichemical companies are taking initiatives to research bees at a time when their best-selling pesticides are under fire from environmental and food activists who say the chemicals are killing off millions of bees. 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 customers' expectations and serve as a positive example for other retailers through their outstanding, sustainable and innovative business practices. Full story.
USDA: 2012 chemical usage data for soybeans, wheat
The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service published the 2012 Agricultural Chemical Use Survey data for soybeans and wheat. Full story.
EDITORIAL: GMOs: How do I hate thee?
|By Dan Murphy
Let me count the ways: The Top Ten
ways, actually, as GMO haters compile a hit list of reasons why they believe we need to take biotech by the neck and choke it until it’s dead. Full story.
Fungicides add value despite low disease pressure
From soybean white mold in the northern states to aerial web blight in the mid-South, fungal disease can put a damper on soybean yields. Full story.
Soil-residual herbicides applied to emerged corn
A potential scenario of planting delays will be corn planted in fields where no soil-residual herbicide was applied. Full story.
FieldScripts planting plan sent 150 farmers
This planting season, more than 150 farmers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota are using the first offering from Monsanto’s Integrated Farming Systems (IFS) as beta testers for the platform’s FieldScripts prescription for variable-rate planting of specific corn hybrids. Full story.
Cropping systems N management — is yours sustainable?
When fertilizer or manure N are applied to farm fields to provide the essential nutrient used in the greatest amounts by crops, it is also important to replenish the supply of N in soil organic matter. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Root development in young corn
Successful emergence (fast and uniform) does not guarantee successful stand establishment in corn. The next crucial phase is the establishment of a vigorous nodal root system. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Soybean planting tips for 2013
The cool, wet spring has delayed soybean planting in Michigan. However, when field conditions are suitable, soybean planting will proceed rapidly. In order to get the crop off to a good start, Michigan State University Extension encourages producers to consider four factors when planting soybeans. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Update on fusarium head blight and stripe rust of wheat
Wheat growth stages vary across Indiana, but many fields are flowering or beginning to flower in areas of southern/central Indiana. These regions are at low to moderate risk for Fusarium head blight development, however the intermittent rains and warmer temperatures will likely increase risk of disease development. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
Do you agree with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Bowman vs. Monsanto case regarding seed patents and saved seed?
A) Yes, the court got it right
B) No, the court got it wrong
C) Don’t know