Yearly Archives: 2007

Side Effect: Getting DDGS In Chicken Feed

Iowa State research shows poultry diets can contain high levels of an ethanol by-product. The increased use of corn for ethanol production has contributed to a sharp increase in corn prices, translating into higher feed costs for livestock and poultry producers. Yet one way producers can benefit from the ethanol industry is to incorporate ethanol

Herbicides Show Growth

Across agriculture, herbicides enjoyed a healthy boost in sales in most regions in 2007 vs. 2006, according to aggregated retail sales data provided via the EZTrak® System. Increased corn acreage would seem to explain year over year increases in the North Central and Northeast regions. In the South, drought-plagued regions likely tamped down late season

Syngenta Optimizing Water

New experiment corn lines could mean "goodbye, million dollar rain." Every corn grower in the Midwest knows about the "million dollar rain." While it is rare that too much or too little moisture destroys a crop, the difference between profit and loss in many seasons comes down to one significant rainfall at just the right

Pioneer Hybrids Top Grower Contest

In all, growers planting Pioneer brand hybrids won 20 out of 27 national titles in 2007 contest. DuPont congratulates David Hula and the other 19 growers who won national titles using Pioneer brand hybrids in the 2007 National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Yield contest. Growers planting Pioneer brand hybrids won 75 percent of the

Monsanto Offers Low-Risk Premiums

Some corn growers who use Monsanto Advanced Technology will be eligilble for lower risk insurance premiums. Farmers in four pilot states who plant a majority of their corn acres using hybrid seeds that feature YieldGard Plus with Roundup Ready Corn 2 or YieldGard VT Triple technology from Monsanto Co. will be able to lower their

California Approves Reduced-Risk Insecticide

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has approved a new, reduced-risk insesticide under a streamlined registration process now in its second year. DPR has approved spinetoram for use on corn, bulb crops, fruiting vegetables, bush berries, and tree fruit to control various insects, including leafminers, thrips, and lepidopterous larvae. Developed by Dow AgroSciences, spinetoram

Redball Adds Manager, Product Team

Redball, LLC, has hired a new sales/marketing director and named three to a newly created product management team. A leading manufacturer of agricultural sprayers, tillage, and application equipment, Redball has named Mike Snyder as sales and marketing director. Snyder has extensive sales, marketing and management experience with major agricultural chemical and supply companies. Most recently,

Senate Approves Farm, Energy Bills

The Senate has been busy, passing both the Farm Bill and Energy Bill in the past couple weeks. It wasn’t easy, but the Senate has passed its $286 billion version of the Farm Bill late last week by a 79-14 vote. The bill would expand subsidies to traditional commodity crops and has something for speciality

Bayer Teams Up On LL Beans

Bayer CropScience is partnering with two companies to develop LibertyLink soybean varieties. Through partnerships with Soygenetics and Stine Seed Co., Bayer CropScience expects to introduce the first LibertyLink varieties to U.S. growers in 2009. Soygenetics, based in Lafayette, IN, is a result of the combined efforts of Limagrain Genetics, Land O’Lakes, and FFR Cooperative. "Our

Mall Shooting Takes One Of Industry’s Own

A veteran ag-chem salesman was killled in last week’s mall shooting in Omaha, NE. Gary Scharf, 48, was the second of eight victims killed in a random shooting Wednesday, Dec. 5, at a Von Maur store in Westroads Mall, Omaha, NE. He had stopped at the mall to buy two shirts for a business trip