BASF, Monsanto to launch new GM corn in U.S.
Global crop protection companies BASF SE and Monsanto Co. plan to commercially launch a drought-tolerant variety of genetically modified corn in the U.S. next year, a senior BASF official said Thursday. Full story.
Bayer: EU’s neonicotinoid ban won’t improve bee health
Despite failing to achieve a qualified majority in the Appeal Committee, the European Commission has announced a restriction on the use of neonicotinoid-containing products on bee-attractive crops, a decision that Bayer CropScience considers disproportionate and one that distracts attention away from the real issues surrounding poor bee health. 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.
EU assesses fipronil risk to bees; BASF responds
The European Union’s European Food Safety Authority issued its report on the risks to honey bees from fipronil seed treatments used on corn. Full story.
Syngenta to introduce new SCN seed treatment in 2014
Syngenta introduces Clariva Complete Beans nematicide/insecticide/fungicide, an on-seed application of separately registered products that adds a new nematicide to the seed treatment of CruiserMaxx Beans with Vibrance insecticide/fungicide. Full story.
UNL app for pesticide applicators keeps records
A new app developed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program will help farmers and other pesticide applicators keep electronic records more easily, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln pesticide safety education program Extension assistant said. Full story.
Calcium Products’ new production facility now open
Calcium Products, Inc. opened a brand-new Supercal SO4 production facility on May 9, 2013. Full story.
EDITORIAL: March Against Monsanto is misguided
|Colleen Scherer, managing editor, AgProfessional
On Saturday, May 25, a rally to protest Monsanto was held across the United States and in other countries to allow naysayers to publically bash the global company. These protestors took part in March Against Monsanto, a Facebook-organized event. Local news media in Kansas City covered the event and interviewed several of the participants, who shared their views that Monsanto was poisoning the world and had a stranglehold on farmers. Full story.
Purdue issues new publication on fungicides
A new publication designed to help farmers make fungicide-related decisions is now available through Purdue Extension. Full story.
The search for large farmers
One of the first topics that ag retailers talk about is the importance of the large producer. Large clients pull a lot of weight when they go into the market to purchase inputs: any level of margin multiplied over the number of units these operations work with is a significant impact to the bottom line. Full story.
First detection of SDS in South Dakota
Sudden death syndrome (SDS) in soybeans was first detected in South Dakota in 2012. Full story.
Sulfur deficiency in corn
Sulfur (S) deficiency has been diagnosed in corn and wheat in Indiana in recent years. More than half the corn S deficiency experiments conducted in northeast Iowa since 2005 have responded to fertilizer S. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Asiatic garden beetle in corn
Ohio State University researchers are concerned about Asiatic garden beetle grubs in corn fields because they are considered very aggressive in their feeding habits, and thus, is much more damaging than most other grubs. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
2013 corn crop: Where it is and where it may be going
Corn planters, which covered 42 million acres of ground the week of May 12th, slowed considerably this past week and covered 14 million acres for the period beginning May 19th. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Is my wheat at heading or flowering frost damaged?
Unseasonably cold weather over the Memorial Day weekend have some producers concerned about frost damage to their wheat crop in Ohio. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
What concerns are farmers having about planting late this year?
A) Pest pressure
B) Disease pressure
C) Inability to get all of the crop nutrients applied
D) Late harvest
E) All of the above
F) None of the above