Look back at most read "Dealer Update" articles of 2011
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