Apr 11, 2011
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Monsanto receives approval of refuge-in-a-bag product 25

Monsanto just received full regulatory approval for a single-bag refuge product for corn. The product is called Genuity SmartStax RIB Complete and can be planted across a corn grower’s entire field. It is a blend of 95% Genuity SmartStax corn seed and 5% refuge (non-Bt) seed. No separate, structured refuge is needed for either above- or below-ground pests in the Corn Belt. Monsanto does caution that growers planting Genuity SmartStax without the RIB Complete will still need a refuge....More
Apr 8, 2011
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Syngenta, Bayer CropScience to develop HPPD-tolerant soybean trait 8

Growing weed resistance is driving the seed trait business. Syngenta and Bayer CropScience just announced that the two companies will collaborate on the development of an HPPD-herbicide-tolerant trait for soybeans. Adding HPPD-tolerance to the trait mix will help growers combat weed resistance, particularly to glyphosate. The trait is in the early development and will not be launched in North America until the “second half of this decade,” according to a news release from Syngenta....More
Apr 8, 2011
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RFA applauds USDA for stating that ethanol industry produces fuel AND feed

Until today, USDA reported only the gross usage of corn for ethanol, implying that the ethanol process uses the entire bushel of corn. “This has led to inflated claims that the ethanol industry is using nearly 40% of the 2010/11 corn supply,” reported the RFA, adding that when the production of animal feed co-products is taken into account, only 23% of the 2010/11 U.S. corn supply and 3% of the global grain supply is truly being used for fuel production....More
Apr 4, 2011
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A virtual rain gauge for your farm 1

  This spring, you’ll be able to check overnight rainfall amounts across your farm via email, thanks to a patent-pending technology that uses Doppler radar and proprietary algorithms to estimate rainfall amounts at any location. The daily rainfall reports will be available through Beck’s Hybrids in conjunction with MyRainReport.com across much of the Midwest. In other areas, the service is available directly from MyRainReport.com....More
Apr 4, 2011
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Customized planter setup

  If you’re looking for ways to improve seed planting this spring, Steve Nokleby might be a source for inspiration. Nokleby, a farmer and Precision Planting representative from Montevideo, MN, bought a new planter last fall and equipped it with add-ons designed to ensure the right seed placement.  ...More
Apr 1, 2011
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Back on the horse again

  When you get tossed off a horse, the best thing to do is to get back in the saddle again. That's how the theory goes, anyway. Could be just an Internet rumor. It probably showed up in an e-mail from one of my aunts with a subject line that began with "Fw: Fw: Fw:"   Of course, there could be some truth to it....More
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