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Monday 02/08/16

I Want My Edamame
These tasty garden soybeans are becoming a staple on tables and finding their way into commercial agriculture with new agronomic practices.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:22PM CST 02/08/16 by Pam Smith | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 02/03/16

Made In China
Import trait approvals and possible sale of Syngenta put China in spotlight.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:57PM CST 02/03/16 by Pam Smith | Post a Comment
Comments (3)
I can't imagine a long term result that will be positive for the American farmer or consumer in this deal. Our largest buyer of farm products will control a major source of inputs? I don't believe the trait approval system in China will work independent of that fact - I can easily imagine a time when the only crops approved for export to China will be those with traits originated by the China owned company, and guess what the cost of those traits will be!
Posted by Gary Hoots at 7:38AM CST 02/04/16
They already are allowed to manipulate are markets feeding crooked capitalist.
Posted by andrew mohlman at 6:43PM CST 02/05/16
More monopoly's in any industry is not good. Take a look at the cost of prescription drugs. No competition left with the blessings of the government.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 8:13AM CST 02/07/16
 

Friday 01/29/16

Mentors Help Feed the Soil
A farmer-to-farmer mentoring project is gathering information and support on all things related to soil health.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:34PM CST 01/29/16 by Pam Smith | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 01/19/16

More Neonic Buzz
The issue of routine neonicotinoid insecticide issue will be in the spotlight this coming year.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:47AM CST 01/19/16 by Pam Smith | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 01/08/16

Enlist Cotton Launch
Cotton growers will get access to Enlist cotton in 2016. The new trait is genetically engineered to tolerate applications of special 2,4-D formulations.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:48PM CST 01/08/16 by Pam Smith | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Thursday 12/31/15

Weather or Not: Record Rainfall Woes
Wicked weather has made for some tough conditions this past week and has offered plenty of perspective.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:31PM CST 12/31/15 by Pam Smith | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 12/11/15

Seeds of Consolidation
Seed industry questions come with proposed Dow DuPont merger.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 5:04PM CST 12/11/15 by Pam Smith | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 12/04/15

Celebrate World Soil Day
"How can I stand on the ground every day and not feel its power? How can I live my life stepping on this stuff and not wonder at it?" -- William Bryant Logan, "Dirt -- The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth"[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 5:06PM CST 12/04/15 by Pam Smith | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Wednesday 11/25/15

Let's Make A Deal; Consolidation Rumors Continue
Why you shouldn't let possible mergers mess with your seed selections for 2016.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:55AM CST 11/25/15 by Pam Smith | Post a Comment
Comments (4)
Very good advice on selecting hybrids !!! I farmed in SE KS for 30 years and hybrid history over a period of years @ various locations was always in my selection procedure. K-State was very helpful in this endeavor. Thks for your good work.
Posted by Coy Allen at 9:31AM CST 11/28/15
The chemical companies are in the "mode" to off load some products and/or the whole line of agriculture products. Dow's sale - yesterday, of Treflan is one example. China may be holding all the high cards. ChemChina's (a Chinese Government owned Company) interest in Syngenta is of curious. If the China can say what traits come in and then owes some traits with possible future corporate acquisition, China will be telling us what companies to buy seed from or at least telling us where to send to "Tech Fees". Freeport, IL
Posted by Freeport IL at 4:14PM CST 12/02/15
I agree that you need to look at data from multiple sites to narrow down your selections but with that said I also believe ever farmer should have his own on farm test plot. Here is why I feel that way. Every time I have put one of the top performers from one of these independent trials in my on farm plot stripped out across forty acres they have not out performed what I was currently growing. Secondly I participated in one of these independent trials where each variety was replicated three times in forty five foot strips. One of the varieties in this trial was also planted in the rest of the field. In the fall I weighed twelve eight row strips across forty acres and compared the yield to what was replicated in the small plot on that variety. There was a twenty three bushel per acre difference between what I found in the larger area verses what was in the small replicated plots. When I asked the trial manager about the difference he could not explain the difference. Finally I talked too Joe Lauer and a corn breeder from one of the major seed companies. I asked Joe if they had ever compared the yield of one of the varieties from their small plots too the rest of the field if it was included in the plot he has never done that. The corn breeder told me that there is a huge difference between what they find in small plots verses in a whole field plot. This is why I do not have very much faith in small plot data. I will not plant a new variety until it has been tested on my farm and within the county I live in to verify what someone else has found in their plots.
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Posted by tanin habib at 10:11AM CST 12/23/15
 

Friday 11/20/15

Hold Your Horses: Marestail Control Considerations
Marestail is a good candidate for a fall weed control program, particularly on prevented planting acres where the weed got a foothold.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 5:20PM CST 11/20/15 by Pam Smith | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Friday 11/13/15

More Beans in the Bin
Series reflects the trend to move the needle on soybean yields.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 5:46PM CST 11/13/15 by Pam Smith | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 10/27/15

The Web of Work
The work ethic is so woven into the agricultural fabric that we sometimes need to remember to stop worrying and just marvel at the simple sights that surround us.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:30PM CDT 10/27/15 by Pam Smith | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Monday 10/05/15

New Illinois Corn Disease: Bacterial Stripe Found
Illinois corn growers can add another corn disease to their list. Bacterial stripe has been confirmed.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:10PM CDT 10/05/15 by Pam Smith | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
 

Tuesday 09/22/15

Dicamba Bean Strategy
Seed companies have announced how they will deal with the uncertain market situation for dicamba-tolerant soybeans. The trait is approved, but does not have China clearance.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 5:08PM CDT 09/22/15 by Pam Smith | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
So does this mean our seed is going to be cheaper?
Posted by Pedro Sanchez at 8:50AM CDT 09/29/15
 

Thursday 09/17/15

Can Rootworms Do The Backstroke?
Rootworm pressure was lighter this summer, but don't rule the wily pest out for 2016.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 12:16PM CDT 09/17/15 by Pam Smith | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
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