Crops Technology Editor for Successful Farming magazine/


Seed Treatments Help Control Nematodes in Corn and Soybeans

There’s an old gardening saying
that states:

"One for blackbird, one for
the crow, one for the cutworm, and one to grow."

If you applied that to farming,
you’d be bankrupt before year’s end. That’s particularly true in light of
rising seed costs for seed offering high-yield genetics and trait protection.


The Sound of Volunteer Corn

Remember the song How do you solve a problem like Maria from the 1965 movie The Sound of Music?

Well, if Rogers and Hammerstein were writing about growing corn, they’d write this song: How do you solve a problem like volunteer corn?

Volunteer corn is an increasing weed problem significantly impacting yields. “It is a competitive plant,” says Carroll Moseley, herbicide brand manager for Syngenta Crop Protection.


Defensive soybean genes aim at these diseases and maladies

pathogens build up quickly in a tight rotation like corn and soybeans. That’s
led seed companies like Pioneer Hi-Bred to incorporate a wide array of
defensive traits.

bean will be in the market seven to eight years,” says Paul Stephens, Pioneer
senior research director for soybean product development. “You have to have a
product that will cover different

It’s in the Bag

Farmers are gaining a new tool to manage corn rootworm and several other insects—refuge-in-a-bag (RIB).


How to determine total insect damage

Want to find out
the total damage of all pests that attack your corn?  Syngenta Seeds’ multi-pest calculator enables farmers to do

“It gives you the
dollar amount of the total damage you are seeing,” says Bruce Battles, Syngenta
Seeds agronomy marketing manager.


iGrow provides tailored information for South Dakota farmers

forty years ago, futurist Alvin Toffler wrote Future Shock. The groundbreaking book predicted an accelerated rate
of technological and social change in the future will leave people
overhelmed and disconnected.

Well, he nailed it. Ever hear of information
overload? That’s just one occurance forecast by Toffler in 1970 that commonly
occurs today. Toffler’s
still at it. Last year, he issued a paper called “40 for the Next 40”. It
compiles 40 key trends for the next 40 years.

Five trends in agriculture

Crop prices and land values are skyrocketing upward. The
economy is recovering, albeit slowly. U.S. grain exports continue to hum along.
Meanwhile, this is coupled with tight grain stocks.

So what’s wrong with this picture?