Researchers at the University of Missouri are working toward less reliance on nitrogen in plants, which could help decrease costs for farmers, develop heartier plants, eliminate runoff in water supplies and provide food for a growing global population....More
Wet conditions have persisted across eastern Nebraska and in some other areas, and as spring planting winds down, some growers have been unable to complete their usual plantings. These growers have a number of alternatives for the unplanted acres, including planting this ground to cover crops. This article discusses several issues related to this alternative.
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Timing is important to a quality nematode analysis. In sandy fields sampling is best done up to the V6 growth stage. Fields with finer textured soils can be sampled for nematodes almost any time....More
Last week we took you behind the scenes of a sprayer testing lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where graduate student Shane Forney and assistant professor Joe Luck looked at issues affecting spray nozzle performance. Most of those issues have to do with how operators set up the machine. ...More
I’d like to thank a faithful reader from Missouri for setting me straight on an article we published in our December issue. On page 24, the headline reads “The Future of Farming: Industry leaders have a no-holes barred discussion on agriculture’s major challenges, and what farmers and corporations need to do to feed the coming groundswell of people.”
In a voicemail message, the reader says: ...More
Just two months after the USDA’s decision to deregulate Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist corn and soybean traits in the U.S., Dow AgroSciences announced yesterday the launch the companion product, Enlist Duo herbicide for the 2015 crop season. Enlist Duo is part of the Enlist Weed Control System, a herbicide-tolerant trait technology for corn and soybeans. The herbicide will provide new advantages for the management of hard-to-control and resistant weeds. It will be launched in conjunction with a stewarded introduction of Enlist corn, and seed production of Enlist soybeans in 2015....More
Companies are turning to biological approaches for boosting crop yields. The range of approaches is varied, from seed treatments to new sprays. Alliances bring more horsepower to product development efforts....More
Syngenta shares earnings report and shows strength in U.S. market. COO Davor Pisk offers insight into key issues, including weather and seed production. The company is pushing for international regulatory framework for biotech products....More
Commodity Classic 2014 got rolling today in San Antonio, TX, where growers and industry reps from around the country gathered to talk about the newest technologies and products available to achieve top yields. Syngenta launched its “top secret” herbicide; we learned Winfield is offering a new nutrient management system; and lots of other interesting tech products were found.
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To expand control strategies, crop protection companies are turning to biologicals. Beneficial bacteria and other organisms can help avoid resistance issues. Formulation technology will be key for companies developing products....More