Syngenta obtained a $25,000 settlement from Paul and John Mayclin, Mayclin Farms, Plankinton, S.D., in response to their Plant Variety Protection (PVP) Act violation. Mayclin admitted to unauthorized sales of Syngenta’s AgriPro brand winter wheat variety SY Wolf.
Auburn University precision agriculture researchers are using unmanned aircraft systems to monitor crop health over large acreages; it's a method that lets farmers quickly address potential trouble spots.
U.S. cotton farmers are expected to boost acreage by 6.2 percent this year as weak market prices for competing crops including corn and soybeans lead them to devote more area to the fiber, an industry group concluded after a survey.
AgReliant Genetics launched the beta version of its precision agriculture platform to the public Feb. 8, in collaboration with Spensa Technologies, an agriculture services company based in the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette.
Edamame, touted as a healthy snack for its high protein content, is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. The soybean seeds are consumed at an immature stage, giving a sweet and slightly nutty flavor. Yet, despite the fact that grain soybean is grown on approximately 74 million acres in the U.S., the majority of edamame consumed here is imported from Asia.
Chinese officials have issued warnings to seed dealers and farmers not to use unapproved genetically modified seeds in the country's main crop belt, shortly after Greenpeace said it had found widespread GM contamination in corn.
By Alison Rice, Markets and News Editor, AgWeb.com
Which crop price could gain the most from La Niña? As the current El Niño weather pattern goes into the history books as one of the strongest in memory, grain analysts and farmers are wondering if the forecasted La Niña will "play nice."
Nitrogen (N) is often the most limiting nutrient for optimum corn production. It is needed in large quantities, but because N is unstable, it can quickly be lost to the environment. In recent years, crop-sensing technologies have been introduced to help fine-tune N management accounting for within-field spatial variability, which can increase yields and/or result in better use of N fertilizer.
As demand for seed treatment knowledge and products grows among farmers, retailers and others in the seed industry, Syngenta is expanding its North America Seedcare Institute in Stanton, Minn. Construction began August 2015 and is on track for completion by the end of 2016.