Monsanto supports validated test method for wheat
Monsanto reiterated its full support to the U.S. wheat industry and regulatory authorities in the United States and wheat importing countries following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s reported detection of the original Roundup Ready wheat trait, technically referred to as the MON71800 event, growing in a single unplanted field in Oregon. Full story.
Look at worldwide resistance to Bt crops
Five of 13 major crop pests studied have shown resistance to genetically engineered corn and cotton crops, according to a research review from the University of Arizona. Full story.
The ABCs of ag tire maintenance
Now that early spring fieldwork is done, it's time to inspect ag tires and make necessary adjustments to ensure the rest of the season goes off without a hitch. 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.
Brazil approves Yara to acquire Bunge fertilizer business
The Brazilian Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE) has approved Yara's acquisition of Bunge's fertilizer business in Brazil, allowing Yara to proceed with completing the $750 million transaction and integration process. Full story.
BHP entry threatens creaking global potash duopoly
The prospect of new competition from miner BHP Billiton could dynamite the cracks appearing in a potash duopoly that accounts for 70 percent of global trade in the fertilizer. Full story.
TradeMark Nitrogen has connections to 1954
TradeMark Nitrogen, a U.S. manufacturer of liquid nitrogen products with its headquarters in Tampa, Fla., is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The company was formed in March 1983. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Commentary: Immigration reform critical for agriculture
|By Kenneth Dierschke, President, Texas Farm Bureau
Immigration is the poster case for the dysfunction that grips our federal government. Full story.
Bulletin shares static electricity risks during refueling
A new best practices guidance bulletin from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) warns of the greater static electricity ignition hazards associated with use of Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD). Full story.
National tour features latest conservation ag ideas
The Conservation Technology Information Center’s (CTIC) 2013 Conservation in Action Tour will take place July 9-10 at several sites around Livingston County, Illinois. Area producers and regional experts will share conservation success stories with a diverse audience of agriculture leaders, including farmers, crop advisers, regulators and lawmakers, from more than 20 states. Full story.
Controlling marestail after crop emergence
Many in Illinois have reported poor marestail control from herbicides applied prior to planting (primarily no-till soybean), especially when these burndown applications contained only glyphosate or glyphosate and 2,4-D. Full story.
Excess precipitation leads to nitrogen loss
One downside to the excess precipitation has been movement of carryover nitrate deeper into the profile and to tile lines, resulting in high nitrate-N concentrations in surface waters. This means there is less nitrate-N carryover to be utilized by 2013 crops, although not all of the carryover N moved below the three-foot depth. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Corn seedlings: Purple color effects
The recent rains combined with unusual low temperatures (day/night) this spring are causing slow plant growth for all summer crops, including corn. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Delayed soybean planting may reduce yields
Soybean yields may be lower this year as weather forces farmers to postpone planting, says a University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Head scab beginning to appear in wheat
Head scab of wheat (a.k.a. Fusarium head blight) is showing up in Illinois wheat fields. Incidence is ranging from low to moderately high. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
Where do you most often recruit a new entry level employee?
A) Local high school or technical college
B) State universities
C) Relatives and acquaintances
D) Social Media / Online job boards
E) All of the above