Yara postpones Belle Plaine expansion project
Yara International ASA is postponing the planned expansion project at its production plant in Belle Plaine, Canada. Full story.
Russia's Uralkali sees room for potash price increase
Russia's Uralkali, the world's largest potash miner by output, sees room for global fertilizer prices to rise without attracting new competitors into the market, its head of sales said. Full story.
Time to nominate ARA's 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.
North American potash sales jump, whittles down stocks
North American domestic sales of crop nutrient potash soared in May, when demand from spring planting whittled down large inventories at the mine level, according to data posted on Potash Corp of Saskatchewan's website. Full story.
Free screenings for herbicide resistant waterhemp
The weed science program at the University of Illinois is offering free screenings for herbicide resistance in waterhemp to Illinois farmers during the 2013 growing season. Full story.
High-tech equipment used to evaluate soil fertility
Portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry is normally a process used by those in the metal industry, but a study funded by the Louisiana Soybean and Grain Research and Promotion Board is using the equipment to look at fertility issues in corn and soybeans. Full story.
ARA, Asmark pro applicator training registration
The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA), in partnership with the Asmark Institute, is offering the Professional Applicator Training course at 26 remote locations strategically located throughout the United States. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Limits on ag irrigation subsidies
|By Rich Keller, editor, AgProfessional
A portion of the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) has had an aspect of helping finance more efficient irrigation equipment by farmers, but an unexpected outcome or loophole apparently is that more irrigation equipment has been installed, which ultimately results in more water use. Full story.
CropLife America recognizes 2013 Pollinator Week
CropLife America (CLA) continues its ongoing recognition of the importance of pollinators for modern agriculture during national Pollinator Week. This year marks the seventh annual observance of Pollinator Week. Full story.
EPA has new guidance and policies for pesticide testing
The EPA announced the release of five new policies and guidance documents to advance the Pesticide Program’s (OPP) “Strategic Direction for New Pesticide Testing and Assessment Approaches.” Full story.
Early season corn nutrient deficiencies
There have been numerous reports of corn that is slightly yellow, purple or striped. There are many reasons for these symptoms to occur. The top three that may cause this are 1) temporary or transient deficiency due to environmental conditions, 2) sidewall compaction and 3) nutrient shortage in the soil. Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Corn rootworm egg hatch underway in 2013
A few areas of Iowa are approaching 50 percent corn rootworm egg hatch now. Many other regions will be reaching 700 degree days within 7-14 days, depending on future temperatures. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Weather favoring early season soybean diseases
Over the last couple weeks many parts of Nebraska have received consistent and/or heavy rainfall, which favors seedling diseases in soybean. This, coupled with cool temperatures, has resulted in several cases of Pythium causing poor stands and damping off of plants. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Bacterial streak and black chaff in wheat
Last week bacterial streak, also known as black chaff, was observed in winter wheat fields in south central and southeast Nebraska. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
Although the USDA is still investigating how GM wheat got onto a farm in Oregon, what do you think is the most likely explanation?
A) Leftover seed from previous experiments contaminated the field
B) Someone deliberately contaminated the field
C) A few stalks of biotech wheat outside the edge of a field kept reproducing
D) Don’t know