In the Midwest, insect pressure varies widely depending on location, weather and cropping practices. But year-in and year-out, some pests tend to dominate more than others. According to Extension entomologists in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska, corn rootworm is by far the region’s worst insect pest for corn. Soybean’s top insect pest is less clear, but the four most often mentioned in the Midwest are soybean aphids, bean leaf beetles, Japanese beetles and spider mites....More
A new series of Pioneer brand soybean products, developed through the DuPont Pioneer Accelerated Yield Technology (AYT) process, will bring soybean growers across North America a range of high yielding varieties....More
Bayer CropScience announced today the completion of its purchase of Prophyta GmbH, a leading supplier of microbial crop protection products headquartered in Malchow on the island of Poel in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. The acquisition includes Prophyta´s product portfolio, R&D laboratories, production and formulation facilities....More
Mid America Distributing recently announced it has received U.S. registration and label for a new ammonium salt of glyphosate sold as an 88.8% WDG dry prill product called Clean Field 88.8 WDG. According to Jim Satter, Mid America, the product features a true solution technology so that when it is added to water, it cannot separate out of solution, eliminating concerns about clogging of screens or nozzles. Sold in 40-lb. easy-to-dispose plastic bags, the labeled rate is 1 lb. per acre, which is equivalent to a quart of 4-lb. liquid glyphosate....More
XS, Inc., announced recently that it has completed the sale of its XSAg.com chemical exchange business to Farmtrader, LLC, an entity comprised of former XSAg.com employees who have been associated with the business for the last 12 years.
The transaction closed on Jan. 4, 2013, for an undisclosed sum. Neither XS, Inc., employees nor shareholders retain any ownership or connection with the business unit with the closing of the sale....More
Last year’s challenging growing season could have some spillover impact in the form of herbicide carryover, warns one weed extension specialist. And it’s something growers need to keep in mind as they make their plans for 2013....More
A popular Purdue extension pocket reference guide for corn and soybean producers has been updated and is now available.
The 2013 Corn and Soybean Field Guide is an in-field reference to help farmers quickly identify and manage crop problems, such as weeds, diseases and insects....More
The owner of a horticultural company was fined recently for using a restricted use pesticide (RUP) in ways that were inconsistent with the product label. The product’s use was restricted due to human health concerns, but workers had applied the product without proper training or the required personal protective equipment (PPE). In another recent case, a company was fined because it failed to keep the records required for RUPs....More
Weed resistance in corn and soybean fields is driving a renewed interest in a wide variety of crop protection products. And companies are responding. They have produced an arsenal of herbicides that feature multiple modes of action, new manufacturing processes, and improved formulations of older products. These products offer growers many options for protecting the yield potential of their corn and soybean fields. Here’s a look at what’s new....More
Loveland Products recently announced a new active ingredient registration, resulting in the release of a new seed treatment named Consensus.
“The EPA registration of salicylic acid for seed treatment use was our goal for a number of years,” stated Marty Robinson, seed treatment market manager at Loveland Products. “The registration was recently approved, allowing us to move forward with this innovative product.”...More
Every year farmers spend a lot of money trying to control corn rootworm larvae, which are a significant threat to maize production in the U.S. and, more recently, in Europe. University of Illinois researchers have been working on validating a model for estimating damage functions.
Biochar is a new-old substance that is coming under increased scrutiny at places like Iowa State University. ISU’s David Laird says biochar, which is basically charcoal, improves the water-holding and nutrient-holding capacity of the soil and could be effective in mitigating problem soils. Biochar currently is used only in horticulture, but an increase in manufacturing facilities and economies of scale could make it more practical for row crops....More
Crop protection costs (not bundled with seed) for the 2013 corn and soybean planting seasons will be slightly higher than they were in 2012, agricultural economists predict.
“Herbicide prices in the aggregate peaked in 2009, then fell somewhat in 2010 and 2011 before starting to edge upward again in 2012,” says Alan Miller, farm business management specialist, Purdue University. “For 2013, I expect herbicide prices to move slightly higher, perhaps by 1% to 4%.”...More
BASF has completed the acquisition of Becker Underwood from Norwest Equity Partners, a U.S.-based private equity investment company, for a purchase price of $1.02 billion. With the acquisition, BASF is now a leading global provider of technologies for biological seed treatment as well as seed treatment colorants and polymers....More
Having equipment that allows you to apply nitrogen (N) late in the season is well worth having — even if you don’t use it every year, says Clay Mitchell, Buckingham, Ia.
“Adding late-season N can be like putting on a booster rocket for corn production in a wet year, when it’s needed,” says Mitchell, who farms approximately 2,800 corn and soybean acres with his great-uncle Philip near Waterloo, Ia. “In dry years, you can save a lot of money by holding off on early-season N applications that don’t pay off.”...More
Soybean prices reached a peak on September 4, with November 2012 futures trading to $17.89 per bu. The price of that contract declined to about $15.50 by the end of September and has been in a range of $14.86 to $15.74 since then. The price is currently in the lower half of that range....More
People tend to think of ozone as something in the upper atmosphere that protects the earth’s surface from UV radiation. At the ground level, however, ozone is a pollutant that damages crops, particularly soybean.
Lisa Ainsworth, a University of Illinois associate professor of crop sciences and USDA Agricultural Research Service plant molecular biologist, said that establishing the exposure threshold for damage is critical to understanding the current and future impact of this pollutant.
FMC has received EPA registration on a new herbicide, Anthem herbicide, a preplant, preemergence and early postemergence herbicide for corn. Anthem provides growers with a tool for broad-spectrum weed control and resistance management along with a low-use rate.
Anthem herbicide will allow growers application flexibility during the spring season....More
DuPont’s Basis Blend herbicide has received federal registration approval from the EPA for application after harvest and before ground freeze-up to control tough winter annuals weeds. Basis Blend will replace DuPont Basis 75DF herbicide....More
While soybean aphids did not pose as much of a threat in fields this summer as spider mites did, the saga of the aphid, which began in 2000, is now further complicated by a recent arrival of one of its natural enemies, a tiny Asian wasp, that was first spotted in Minnesota fields just last year....More
In December, Farm Industry News will publish its 2013 Buyers’ Forecast issue, chockfull of predictions about pricing and supply of farm inputs for the upcoming year. In my tangential approach to researching this story, I stumbled across the term “neuromarketing,” described as a new field of marketing research that studies buyers’ brains and measures their body’s response to marketing stimuli....More