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Watch these 5 agronomic trends

Agriculture.com Staff 03/24/2008 @ 7:40am

Like you, we've hit the coffee cup and mashed potato meeting circuit this winter. Here are a few trends that have surfaced from farmer and agricultural company meetings we've attended.

Like you, we've hit the coffee cup and mashed potato meeting circuit this winter. Here are a few trends that have surfaced from farmer and agricultural company meetings we've attended.

Since glyphosate-tolerant soybeans first came on the scene in 1996, weed control almost became a "take two glyphosate and call me in the morning" sort of thing. Companies were on the verge of discontinuing herbicide programs.

Many farmers in the southern United States applied fungicide to dash this South American scourge in 2007. Fortunately, this fungal disease has not ravaged the rest of the United States the way many feared it might when it first surfaced in 2004.

"The first wave of biotech traits are nearing an end," says Steve Hawkins, managing director for The Context Network, West Des Moines, Iowa. However, the first wave has set the stage for more advanced traits to come. He says the value of traits will surpass the value of genetics in the future, mainly in corn.

Insecticide seed treatments are now standard on corn. Gary Munkvold, Iowa State University plant pathologist, foresees a day when six active ingredients in the form of seed treatments will simultaneously coat seed corn. Soybean seed treatments also will continue to grow, with today's 30% level growing to more than 50% in five years.

Planting a separate refuge in conjunction with insect-traited corn is about as popular with farmers as limit-down market days. At last month's Commodity Classic, Pioneer Hi-Bred International announced a new refugue option called Optimum AcreMax.

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