SDSU pest management short course offered in March

A short course on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is being offered by South Dakota State University Extension faculty and staff at the Extension Regional Center in Sioux Falls next month. This short course, on March 15, will cover diseases, weeds, and insect pests of field crops, according to a news release from the SDSU Extension… Read more »

Michigan fresh market vegetables increase in value

Michigan vegetable farmers made more money on fresh vegetables in 2015. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the farm level price increased 21 percent from the year before to almost $210 million.  Production declined one percent to 8 million hundredweight. U.S. production of a selected 24 fresh market vegetables and melons dropped two percent to… Read more »

Argentina likely to increase corn acreage

An election of a new president in Argentina has created additional opportunities for that country’s farmers and an analyst says it is just the beginning. Michael Cordonnier, president of Soybean and Corn Advisors says president Mauricio Macri has implemented many of the changes farmers have been asking for over the last decade.  “He devalued a… Read more »

Proper use of nitrogen additives

An extension soil science specialist at North Dakota State University wants farmers to gain a better understanding of how to use nitrogen additives. Speaking at Tuesday’s Nutrient Management Conference near Morton in southwest Minnesota, David Franzen says these additives can be very helpful if used correctly. “To prevent or slow the ammonia loss, use urease… Read more »

Crop insurance could be target for cuts

Another attempt to cut federal crop insurance is expected to be part of President’s Obama’s 2017 budget proposal, which is scheduled to be released today (Tuesday). Last year the Administration called for 16 billion dollars in cuts to the insurance program, but Congress rejected that proposal. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, a member of the Senate… Read more »

New definition of “weed”

The Weed Science Society of America has updated educational materials and their definition of “weed.” The organization now defines a weed as “a plant that causes economic losses or ecological damage, creates health problems for humans or animals, or is undesirable where it is growing.” Other new resources from the Society can help farmers with… Read more »

Global wheat prices expected to fall further

A market analyst estimates 20 to 30 million metric tons needs to be taken off global wheat production in 2016 to turnaround plummeting prices. Mark Schultz with North Star Commodities in Minneapolis says in the first two months of the year new contract lows are being posted in the U.S. and Europe because of huge… Read more »

Organic/GMO farmer informs consumers

A former dairy farmer turned berry farmer says he has important insight for consumers about sustainability. Greg Zwald was on a recent Food Dialogues panel in Madison, Wisconsin, sponsored by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), “Occasionally, I hear criticisms of what I call conventional agriculture and I can share with them why farmers… Read more »

Bayer contests EPA concerns on Belt®

Bayer CropScience says it is contesting the EPA’s claims about an insecticide it makes under the name of Belt®, approved for use in more than 200 crops, including soybeans and specialty crops. The EPA claims the chemical may harm a certain organism that lives in the sediment of water near farm fields.  But, Bayer’s Frank… Read more »

Projecting big South American crops

Private analysts are predicting big South American corn and soybean crops.  Dr. Michael Cordonnier (core-doe-knee-air), president of Soybean and Corn Advisors says he has the Brazilian soybean crop at 98 million tons.  “We started out a little bit higher – but then we had drier weather in November and December – especially in central Brazil,”… Read more »