Just nine of 30 agribusiness companies have followed through on a pledge to implement the Farm Bureau's 2014 "Core Principles" for transparency in the collection of farmers’ data.
Pesticide applicators in Illinois warned ag officials in 2016 about the potential damage from dicamba.
More than 100 Illinois pesticide retailers reported the weed killer dicamba drifted and damaged soybeans even when it was sprayed in good conditions, according to a recent industry survey.
As the amount of foreign-controlled farmland doubled between 2004 and 2014, the USDA has lapsed in enforcing the law requiring foreign investors to report transactions of farmland.
Following the release of dicamba-resistant soybean technology, complaints have increased among farmers and university weed scientists still have questions.
2017 was supposed to be the year of “spotless” soybean fields after Monsanto introduced a new generation of soybeans – the largest single biotechnology launch in the company’s history.
This series looks at what’s behind the recent spike in irrigation, the lack of regulations around groundwater, and the impact this will have on Illinois in the future.
After droughts in 2005 and 2012 led to shortages of top hybrids, seed corn companies decided to take rain into their own hands.
The drought of 2012 was the worst since at least 1988, spanning the entire Corn Belt, from Ohio to Wyoming, and costing the agribusiness industry billions of dollars.
While Illinois is not currently facing a water crisis, highly populated areas with high growth are undergoing some levels of water conflict, partly because of agricultural irrigation.