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Syngenta launches Cropwise Seed Selector for NK

Syngenta and NK Seeds have launched the Cropwise Seed Selector, which combines artificial intelligence, two decades of agronomic information a a simple user interface. The tool also is designed to ensure different systems developed in the market can connect to each other to provide growers with needed data, according to a news release. The seed tool also includes several new ... Read More »

EPA approves post-emerge herbicide from Belchim USA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has registered Tough 5EC Herbicide from Belchim USA to control boardleaf weeds in corn, mint and chickpeas. It is labeled for a number of breadleaf weeds, including Palmer amaranth, common waterhemp, kochia, common lambsquarters, black nightshade and marestail, including herbicide-resistant strains, according to a news release. A post-emerge, Tough 5EC contains the active ingredient, pyridate, ... Read More »

EPA proposes sweeping changes to Bt crops in the Cotton Belt

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• By Pat Porter • This week, the Environmental Protection Agency released a draft plan that essentially overhauls many of the regulations around insect resistance management in Bt crops grown in the Cotton Belt. There are many major changes proposed, one of which is that field failures are presumed to be cases of “practical resistance” if certain criteria are met ... Read More »

Earworms/acre from corn (or why W. Texas had fewer bollworms this year)

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• By Pat Porter • Dr. Suhas Vyavhare and I are conducting a very detailed experiment this year on some aspects of Bt corn. Part of the experiment involves putting 120 emergence cages on the ground under corn after corn earworm larvae (cotton bollworms) have left the corn ears and entered the soil for pupation. This lets us determine the ... Read More »

3 ag chem wholesalers/retailers form joint venture as GreenPoint AG

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Agri-AFC, GreenPoint AG and Tennessee Farmers Cooperative have formed a joint venture combining their agronomy operations and will operate under the banner “GreenPoint AG.” The combination will include all operations of Agri-AFC LLC’s wholesale and retail business, GreenPoint AG’s retail business and Tennessee Farmers Cooperative’s wholesale agronomy business. The combined GreenPoint AG is owned by three parent companies: Alabama Farmers ... Read More »

Louisiana farmers rushed to harvest crops ahead of Hurricane Laura

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• By Bruce Schultz • North Louisiana farmers were rushing to get their corn crop out of the field before Hurricane Laura hit Aug. 27, and so far, the crop looked good. Laura also has the potential to inflict serious damage to the state’s soybean crop. Keith Collins, Louisiana State University AgCenter agent in Richland, Franklin and Ouachita parishes, said ... Read More »

Hurricane Laura may affect early Arkansas harvest efforts

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• By Ryan McGeeney • High winds and heavy rainfall from what forecasters expect will be a major hurricane — Hurricane Laura — will likely sweep through most of Arkansas by Friday, just as harvest nears for several major crops across the state. Laura is predicted to push into Arkansas before turning northeastward toward Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee. The National ... Read More »

FMC launches at-plant corn fungicide

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FMC has laucnhed Xyway 3D fungicide, the first at-plant corn fungicide to provide season-long disease protection. It combines the triazole fungicide, flutriafol, with unique at-plant flexibility, according to a company news release. When soil-applied, the active ingredient is rapidly taken up by plant roots and is quickly translocated throughout the plant before diseases emerge, providing early, systemic and long-lasting residual ... Read More »

U Ark slates virtual corn field day for Sept. 3

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The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will present the latest in Arkansas corn research during an online corn field day Sept. 3. It will be the second of four commodity events held online to provide Arkansas growers safe, two-way interaction with division researchers and extension specialists during the COVID-19 pandemic. The online field day is free, but registration ... Read More »

Stored grain insect control starts with bin sanitation

corn harvest

• By Glenn Studebaker • Corn harvest is underway, and some growers will be storing their grain on farm in bins for an extended period of time. Stored grain pests can cause significant losses if left unchecked. There is an entire complex of insects that can infest grain stored in bins. There are several weevils and other beetles as well ... Read More »