The most read "Dealer Update" articles of 2011 are quite a mix of news, some good or positive and some bad or negative. As the year progressed, follow-up articles to many of these original articles provided a different point of view or clarification, but readership was never as high as when this “big news” article was posted for everyone to read.

We thought you might enjoy the look back at what subscribers of Dealer Update found the most enticing news to read. The most read articles didn’t occur in one particular time of the year. These articles appeared from February to December.

1) Pa. farmer grows 190 bu/A corn without nitrogen
Farmer Steve Groff of Holtwood, Pa., is an enthusiastic advocate for the use of cover crops in both no-till and conventional tillage farming methods. In fact, he worked for more than 10 years with Dr. Ray Weil at the University of Maryland to develop and bring to market the Tillage Radish cover crop, a variety of the brassica species, selected for its uniquely aggressive single taproot that grows through compacted soils and provides many additional benefits.
November 30, 2011

2) Glyphosate found in Mississippi air and water
Glyphosate herbicide was found in “significant levels” in Mississippi as part of a U.S. Geological Survey Office project, and the findings have been submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency to be used as part of the agency’s evaluation of the registration of glyphosate.
September 7, 2011

3) Tests show massive interference with GPS
Deere & Company revealed tests conducted with LightSquared’s GPS signal massively interfered with John Deere’s GPS receiver equipment. Deere receivers registered impact of and interference by the LightSquared signal as far away as 22 miles from a transmitter. As a result of discovering the interference, Deere notified the Federal Communications Commission on May 26. The company contends it has found no practical technical solution to the problem.
June 8, 2011

4) Does glyphosate cause cancer?
Old worldwide studies on whether glyphosate use causes cancer are analyzed in the Illinois Pesticide Review. Suspect studies have continued to be pointed to by anti-pesticide groups.
April 7, 2011

5) Rising price of anhydrous ammonia is only natural
As the price of natural gas goes up, the cost of producing anhydrous ammonia rises as well, according to a recent report from the University of Illinois. "The two are related because natural gas is a major input into the production of anhydrous ammonia," said agricultural economist Gary Schnitkey. "It is the major variable cost item in the production of anhydrous ammonia."
October 26, 2011

6) Ag retailers must be ready for Aug. 17 changes
The Mid America CropLife Association held the Mini-Bulk Summit-Part 2.  More than 100 people attended and participated in the summit representing more than 55 entities and 24 states.
 June 15, 2011

7) Syngenta to merge Crop Protection, Seeds
Syngenta announced plans to merge its two largest divisions into one unit with the integration expected to be completed by 2012.
Feb. 10, 2011

8) CF issues fertilizer industry outlook
The company's outlook is very positive. Low domestic and global grain stocks are expected to drive high plantings for the next several years. The USDA projects that U.S. farmers will plant more than 90 million acres of corn each year through 2015, which would provide a very supportive demand environment for the company's products.
May 11, 2011

9) New 2,4-D product registered with EPA
Dow AgroSciences LLC, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, announced that the United States Environmental Protection Agency registered the company’s submission for a new Colex-D technology, which will be a component of a new 2,4-D choline product. Colex-D technology will be featured in the 2,4-D choline herbicide solution for Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist Weed Control System.
May 4, 2011

10) EPA concerned over Monsanto corn’s effectiveness
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has raised concerns over the stewardship of one of Monsanto’s corn hybrids that is designed to ward off certain corn rootworms, the Wall Street Journal reported. EPA sent a memo to Monsanto Nov. 22 saying EPA scientists “conclude that Monsanto needs to expand its monitoring program now that rootworms in portions of four Midwest states are ‘suspected’ of having developed resistance to the plants,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
December 7, 2011