Yearly Archives: 2011

Ag Retailers Should Break Out Of The Comfort Zone

For most retailers, 2012 is lining up to be another fantastic year. Most growers were flush with cash and looking to lock in inputs before year’s end. And with crop prices sustaining their high levels, selling products and technologies that boost yield has been much less challenging this winter, and will likely continue through the

USDA Revises Nutrient Management Standard

TFI Fertilizer Institute (TFI) commends the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for embracing 4R nutrient stewardship (the right nutrient source at the right rate, the right time, and in the right place) at the national level with its December 13 release of the national conservation practice standard for nutrient management. “We are extremely pleased

Market Myopia — The Power Of The Dark Side

There is a broad body of theory that underpins our understanding of market behavior, especially financial markets — namely, that markets are rational. However, we believe there are times when markets, and, especially market players, become the victim of myopia, reflecting over-optimism, herd mentality and short-term thinking. Many times, the lack of focus and inability

Retailer Roundtable: A Great Year, But …

For the past three years during the annual Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) meeting, Crop­Life® magazine and its State of the In­dustry sponsors have invited some of the nation’s top ag retailers together for a quick roundtable discussion. Here, in an open forum, participants can discuss their hopes and fears for the year that’s been and

Outlook 2012 “Innovation” Outtakes

Depending on whether you are a “back to front” or a “front to back” magazine reader, you are either a bit weary of our issue theme or I’m about to pique your curiosity. Either way, we invested a lot of this issue on the idea that these good times for the agriculture economy are the

Study: Atrazine Still An Economic Driver

According to a new economic study by Paul D. Mitchell, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the herbicide atrazine benefits U.S. corn, sorghum and sugar cane farmers by up to $3.3 billion annually, thanks to increased yield, decreased cost and reduced soil erosion. Mitchell presented the findings

Strip-Till Vs. No-Till: What’s Better For Soybeans?

The practice of deep banding fertilizer is growing in popularity as more growers turn to strip-till. However, this method may be costing growers more than it is worth. A new University of Illinois study revealed that strip-till was superior to no-till and increased yield in soybean. However, the results showed no difference in yield between

CHS Opens Singapore Office

CHS Inc. has opened an office in Singapore, and Rick Browne, senior vice president, Grain Marketing will lead the expansion and growth of CHS Asia-Pacific business platform.  Browne will be based in Singapore. “While CHS has been doing business in the Asia-Pacific region for a number of years, we are intensifying our focus on this