ARA, TFI working on Fertilizer Code of Practice Initiative
This member-led effort will lead to uniform safety guidelines for handling, storage and distribution of fertilizer products throughout the industry, and third-party inspections to ensure compliance with those guidelines. Full story.
U.S. expands search team in GMO wheat investigation
The United States has expanded its search team in Oregon as it hunts for the source of unapproved genetically modified wheat found growing wild on a farm there in April. 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.
This spring is multiple N feeding year
Weather extremes can quickly steal the valuable nitrogen fertilizer farmers previously applied to their fields. Without proper levels of the critical nutrient at the appropriate time during the season, plant health and yields are at risk. Full story.
The Andersons, Lansing Trade Group to acquire firm
The Andersons, Inc. and Lansing Trade Group, LLC have entered into an agreement to acquire Thompsons Limited, a grain and food-grade bean handler and agronomy input provider, based in Blenheim, Ontario, and operating through 12 locations across the province and in Minnesota. Full story.
PotashCorp launches eKonomics
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. launched eKonomics.com, a new online resource that delivers easy-to-understand analyses of soil science data, agronomic information, research and best management practices to help farmers achieve greater financial success. Full story.
Effects of flooding and saturated soils on corn
Recent and forecasted rain events across the Midwest will lead to many fields with saturated and flooded soils. Areas of these fields that are not flooded with standing water may still remain saturated for an extended period of time. Full story.
EDITORIAL: GM wheat sprouts another round of Monsanto criticism
|Greg Henderson, Editor, Associate Publisher, Drovers CattleNetwork
On the heels of last weekend's "March Against Monsanto," APHIS announces they've found glyphosate-resistant wheat sprouts in a field in Oregon. The discovery will likely fuel more anti-GM criticism. Full story.
Ideas for applicators to use residue lab
There are many conditions applicators should note that can impact the effectiveness of a herbicide application including the environment before and after spraying, the pesticide mix of various herbicides or a mix with insecticides or fungicides, spray pattern with various nozzles and plant characteristics including the leaves. Full story.
Passport Potash acquires strategic new lands
Passport Potash Inc. has received approval for nine new exploration permits from the Arizona State Land Department, adding 4,703.66 acres of State trust land to Passport's land package. Full story.
Illinois offers tax breaks to woo fertilizer plant
Illinois is looking to bring a new fertilizer production facility to the state by offering as much as $35 million in seed money. Full story.
With heavy rains, how likely is N leaching?
Leaching of both residual soil nitrate and applied N is always a concern in the spring. The exact amount of leaching is difficult to quantify. The answer depends on site-specific soil conditions and the effectiveness of the rainfall. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Late planting and replanting corn
Planting other crops may be an option since planting has delayed corn planting. However, either nitrogen or herbicides already applied to some fields may eliminate the possibility of planting of other crops. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Illinois warns of early insect infestation in soybeans
The stormy spring weather across much of the nation's mid-section that continues to cause planting delays will also affect this season's insect activity, said Mike Gray, a professor of entomology at the University of Illinois. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Conditions elevate risk of wheat scab
Excessively wet weather in the eastern part of Nebraska over the last week has favored development of wheat diseases, especially in fields with thick stands. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
Would your business ever consider using unmanned aerial vehicles for gathering information on customers’ fields with their permission?
A) Yes, we’re looking into it.
B) Yes, but maybe not for quite a few years.
C) No, we aren’t interested in using them.
D) Don’t know.