Elevator explosion first reported as fertilizer blast
Every explosion at an agricultural retailer operation cannot be blamed on fertilizer, but the non-agricultural news media is enthralled with being first to report fertilizer dangers and hazards since the West, Texas, fertilizer fire and explosion. Full story.
About that 2013 Dust Bowl…
The summer has started dry and dusty for many areas west of the Missouri River, and with government forecasters expecting it to continue through the end of the summer, could there be another Dust Bowl brewing? 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.
Senate Committee hearing on West Fertilizer explosion
The Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) has scheduled an oversight hearing for Thursday, June 27, at 10 a.m. ET to examine Federal risk management and emergency planning programs to prevent and address chemical threats, including the events leading up to the explosions in West, Texas and Geismar, La. Full story.
Rotation-resistant rootworms owe success to microbes
Researchers say they now know what allows some Western corn rootworms to survive crop rotation, a farming practice that once effectively managed the rootworm pests. Full story.
Novozymes acquires TJ Technologies Inc.
Novozymes, a leader in bioinnovation, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire TJ Technologies Inc. based in Watertown, S.D. Full story.
Soybean aphids: seed treatments, resistant varieties
At this point, it remains unclear what soybean aphid infestations will look like for much of the Corn Belt. A hot and dry summer would work against aphid establishment, mild temperatures throughout the summer would enhance aphid survival and increase their numbers. Full story.
EDITORIAL: Bees killed by stupid actions
|By Rich Keller, editor, AgProfessional
Killing bees by the use of insecticides drives environmentalists crazy, and all the concern about reduced bee populations in the wild and in commercial hives for agricultural crops pollination places every bee-kill story as national news. Full story.
When to assess hail damage to crops
Hail damage to corn and soybeans that are in the vegetative stage has less impact on yield than if corn is tasselling or soybeans have pods. In the vegetative stage, the greatest risk to yield is stand loss. Full story.
DuPont opens is 12th Innovation Center
DuPont on June 25 opened its Johnston, Iowa, Innovation Center, the company’s second innovation center in the United States and 12th around the world, focusing on the company’s integrated science capabilities across the food, agriculture and energy value chains. Full story.
Grasshoppers break out — but not as much as 2011
After a dry winter, as expected, grasshoppers are becoming a problem, but they are not as severe or profuse as they were during the 2011 drought. Full story.
The future of 4R nutrient stewardship
The 4Rs of nutrient stewardship — right source, right rate, right time, and right place — are factors that have been investigated by crop and soil scientists for decades. With such a rich history, does agriculture really have anything new to bring to these management practices? Full story. (Visit the Crop Fertility Resource Center for more fertilizer news and information.)
Goss’s wilt disease suspected in Louisiana corn
Louisiana corn growers are waiting for confirmation that Goss’s wilt disease has been found in some corn fields in Madison Parish. Full story. (Visit the Corn Resource Center for more corn news and information.)
Double crop soybean considerations
With wheat harvest beginning south of I-70, Ohio State University offers some double crop soybean considerations. Full story. (Visit the Soybean Resource Center for more soybean news and information.)
Scout for English grain aphids in S.D. wheat
The English grain aphid, Sitobion avenae
, has been found in eastern and central South Dakota in high numbers on wheat. Full story. (Visit the Wheat Resource Center for more wheat news and information.)
Do you think businesses that store and handle fertilizer need to be regulated more?
A) Yes, too many accidents are happening
B) Yes, regulations have been too lax
C) No, businesses don’t need more regulations
D) No, recent incidents are uncommon accidents
E) Don’t know