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
Syngenta’s new insect trait for corn rootworm, Agrisure Duracade, just received EPA registration. Thisfollows the completion of the FDA consultation process in February, which determined that the trait is as safe for human and animal consumption as conventional corn. Now the trait needs full USDA deregulation....More
Post-harvest herbicide application provides an additional opportunity to manage problematic weed species including winter annuals, biennials, and perennials, said University of Illinois associate professor of weed science Aaron Hager.
A shopper in a farm supply store recently purchased a pesticide that he was not authorized to buy. In addition, he was purchasing the product for a use not allowed on the label.
“Whether you are buying a pesticide for commercial use on crops, for personal use on your lawn or garden, or for any other purpose, the purchase must be carefully considered,” says Andrew Thostenson, president of the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators and pesticide program specialist, North Dakota State University Extension Service....More
Move over “The Voice.” FMC has found its own crop of young singers by hosting the “Anthem Singing Contest” to promote its new Anthem herbicide, EPA registration pending. FMC says it is investing in farming’s future by hosting the contest, open to active members of a nationally recognized agricultural-related club.
Four finalists remain, and FMC needs you to determine which one you think should win the $25,000 college scholarships....More
Press conferences are a staple to the life of an agricultural journalist. They are a necessary function that allows us to gather news and information of critical importance to our readers.
But they are also critical to companies as well. These meetings allow the company to disseminate relevant information to its audience. And depending on the company, the media attending a press conference can be from the surrounding states, or worldwide. The news generated from these events can help tell a story of a new product, provide updated market information to shareholders, and even provide a glimpse of the company’s overall marketing strategy. It’s truly a goldmine of information for journalists.
Often, however, we only report what goes on behind the microphone. To be fair, it’s often what is said at these events that is the news story. But these events also sometimes give us a glimpse of the company that goes beyond the media packet or press release. And through these photos, we’d like to share a glimpse of a media event.
I had the opportunity to attend the worldwide annual press conference for Bayer CropScience in Monheim, Germany. Journalists from around the world assembled in Monheim to listen to company updates from top management, and to ask questions.
This past growing season, soybean aphids were unable to develop economic infestations in most fields in the North Central region, according to University of Illinois professor of entomology and crop sciences extension coordinator Mike Gray.
“Is the ‘every other year’ infestation prediction a bust?” he wondered.
Dow AgroSciences and the Save Our Crops Coalition (SOCC) have been engaged in discussions to resolve SOCC concerns regarding the potential for herbicide injury to non-target plants after the introduction of Dow AgroSciences’ new 2,4-D tolerant crops. Dow AgroSciences and SOCC are very pleased to announce the successful conclusion of those discussions....More
Bayer CropScience and Mendel Biotechnology, Hayward, Calif., announced today a new multiyear collaboration to jointly identify herbicides with novel modes of action. Increasing evidence of herbicide-resistant weeds in different geographies — including those resistant to multiple herbicide classes — has spurred renewed interest in the discovery of herbicides. Bayer CropScience will bring in its leading expertise in herbicide research and development....More
USDA’s 2012 Aug. 10 crop estimates contained few surprises. The agency estimated the corn crop at 10.8 billion bu., the lowest since 2006 and down 2 billion bu. from the July estimate. Average corn production is 123.4 bu./acre, which is down 23 bu./acre from the July estimate. Harvested acres are expected at 87.4 million.
The lower corn crop estimates do not mean a greatly reduced harvest, though. U.S. corn growers will still produce the eighth-largest corn crop on record, and they are doing this during one of the worst droughts in history....More