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Ag chemical update

Foreign chemical quality and federal atrazine review are among the issues CropLife America monitors.


The Drawback to Simple and Convenient Systems

Mike Owen has seen some good
things happen in crop production during his career as an Extension weeds
specialist at Iowa State University (ISU). Bad things often come to his mind
first, though. He pointed out several examples to those attending this month’s
ISU Integrated Crop Management Conference.



Soybean yields rise over 20 years with less land, energy, and water

yields are saddled with the reputation that their yields lag those of corn.
Still, a glance backward shows U.S. soybean yields have risen 29% on average
over the past 20 years.

reason? At October’s Syngenta Media Summit in San Antonio, Vern Hawkins,
president of Syngenta Crop Protection, noted the increase is due to:


Commodity price spike has Syngenta Crop Protection hopeful for 2011

fall’s commodity price spike bodes well for crop input companies in 2011.

Hawkins, Syngenta Crop Protection president, notes the firm’s recent third
quarter sale volume for this year are up 18%. “There was strong growth across
all product lines,” Hawkins told agricultural media at October’s Syngenta Media
Summit in San Antonio, Texas.


Managing nitrogen key for these farmers

Remember the three Rs of your school days? Reading, w(R)riting, and a(R)ithmetic?

Well, Ron Alverson and son Keith, Chester, South Dakota, have their own R series -- the four Rs of nitrogen (N) management for corn.

  1. Right form.
  2. Right place.
  3. Right time.
  4. Right rate.

It’s not that easy, though. Pegging the optimal N rate for corn often mimics hand-catching a slippery salmon in a fast-flowing stream.

Waterworld South Dakota Style

Farmers often couch when they say, “I wish it would stop raining” because Mother Nature is pretty adept at turning off the faucet during the growing season.