Bayer proposes changes to mitigate neonic risk to bees

Bayer CropScience says it has something important to add to the EPA’s preliminary conclusion that a certain neonic insecticide is a risk to pollinators. Dave Fischer, Director of Bayer’s Pollinator Safety, tells Brownfield the EPA looked at 37 different use patterns for the chemical and only three had a risk to bees. Two are used… Read more »

Path cleared for Enlist Duo this year

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Growers will be able to use Dow’s Enlist Duo this growing season if they choose. A federal appeals court has denied the EPA’s motion to vacate registration for the active ingredients in the product. The EPA had petitioned to vacate the label – saying it needed to do more study of the ingredients: 2,4-D choline… Read more »

Exclusive interview with Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack

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In an exclusive interview today with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, we covered several topics including Vilsack’s thoughts on President Obama’s State of the Union address as it relates to rural America; the need to invest more in agricultural research; the Secretary’s recent meeting with representatives of both sides of the contentious GMO labeling issue; requests… Read more »

National Cotton Council weighs in on neonic study

The National Cotton Council says it will work with the EPA, making sure it has the latest information about honeybee risks from “neo-nic” insecticides, following a report that one of them may harm bees. Don Parker, manager of Integrated Pest Management for the Cotton Council, tells Brownfield the EPA’s assessment of imidacloprid has some shortcomings,… Read more »

Expected declines in Chinese imports

A report from CoBank says China’s economy is not to blame for expected declines in ag imports in 2015 and 2016. CoBank, a cooperative lender that’s part of the Farm Credit System, says the significant decline Chinese imports is being caused by multi-year highs of supplies in corn, wheat, cotton, milk powder and soybeans. China… Read more »

Tough times for cotton producers

These are tough times for U.S. cotton producers. The crop is at its lowest price level in five years, selling for around 60 cents a pound. It brought 88 cents a pound in 2011. Dahlen Hancock, who farms near Lubbock Texas, says it’s very discouraging right now. “This my 35th cotton crop. I’m fourth generation… Read more »

Weather challenges for Texas cotton growers

This week’s freezing rain, snow, and at times heavy rainfall could cause big problems for Texas cotton producers. USDA meteorologist Eric Luebehusen says the National Weather Service has much of the cotton producing regions of north Texas in a path of freezing rain accumulations of greater than one-quarter of an inch. According to the latest Crop Report –… Read more »

Dow responds to court decision in bee case

Dow AgroSciences says it is considering options for challenging a federal appeals court decision affecting some of its insecticide products. The Ninth district court in San Francisco says federal EPA regulators should not have allowed the insecticides containing sufloxaflor onto the market because important information about them was lacking. The lawsuit was filed by Earthjustice on… Read more »

54th Annual Delta Center field day

Field research tours for corn, cotton, soybeans and rice have been held at the Fisher Delta Research Center – where specialists have explained to farmers their latest research developments. It was the 54th Annual Delta Field Day in Portageville, Missouri. Research at the University of Missouri Center is enhancing crop production, weed management, soil and water… Read more »

Southeast Missouri harvest begins

Southeast Missouri’s harvest has begun. Heading into the Delta Center field day, we got an update on the crops.Gene Stevens, plant science specialist at the University of Missouri Delta Center, says farmers here got luckier than many others in Missouri and parts of the Corn Belt… “It started off really wet. It was kind of in pockets…. Read more »