Author Archives: Amy L. Fahnestock

About Amy L. Fahnestock

Searching For Inputs

Agriculture is a risky business. Just ask those who stockpiled tons of costly fertilizer in 2008, only to have market prices fall fast and furious. “Normally a fertilizer company like ours fills up with product in the fall or summer, then we would take advantage of fertilizer market appreciation through the winter and usually come

Simply Seedsational

Growers planting biotech seed next spring will certainly have a broad array of corn and soybean options to choose from, including the industry’s first eight-stacked trait offerings. In fact, 2010 may well be remembered as the “mother of all biotech seed years” if all the anticipated seed registrations are approved. That is, until the 2011

Looking Ahead To 2010 Inputs

What can you do in today’s business climate to still make a profit on inputs? Contributing editor Andrea Klosterman Harris talked with several ag retailers to get an early sense about these issues in 2010 — and collected several tips for avoiding getting burned by high-priced inventories in our September CropLife® magazine cover story, “Uneven

R&D Beneficiary

Ah, the sweet irony of it all: The focus on seeds and traits by ag chemical manufacturers — which at first blush seemed to threaten retailers’ profit margins — now requires increased research and development of more sophisticated crop protection products. Indeed, a steady stream of new products are coming out of company development pipelines

More Soybean Rust, But Mostly Too Late

By Amy L. Fahnestock Senior Associate Editor The number of counties reporting Asian soybean rust by Aug. 31 this year is more than double findings on the same date in 2008, but in many states, the soybean crop is far enough along and yields will not be affected. Soybean rust has been found in seven

Social Media, Video, And More

The new study highlighted in our Top Story this week, “Large-Acreage Growers Actively Using New Media,” really caught my attention — and I suspect yours, too. Did you notice the percentage of these particular growers in the corn and soybean sectors that are texting, tweeting, and otherwise touching base with news sources and others inside

Glyphosate News Continues To Push Buttons

Last week, I got a slap on the wrist from one retailer for including news of a chemical broker’s newest product. This week, it was a couple of high fives, but all three retailers point out that it’s in your hands to deal with growers who may have to deal with consequences of buying from

Feedback: A Reality Check

Got a great note from a CropLife eNews reader about our top story last week, and his comments point out a flaw in my presentation. The July 28 article is “New Glyphosate Brand Launches,” which has been read by more than 1,100 of you so far, so we know it’s caught a lot of attention.

’09 Challenges: Rains, Roundup Sugarbeets

Last week, I asked you a number of questions about how this season — at least the application side — is going. So far, the responses are interesting. OK, there have only been two responses at this point, but each provides insights into life as a retailer this year. (Both were submitted July 21.) “CE,”

Spraying You With Questions

While donning my personal protective equipment (PPE) in preparation for spraying weeds this past weekend, I wondered about your spraying season. Are your application requests off the hook, slower than usual, or running smoothly? Last week’s Pulse of the Market asked about the height of your grower-customers corn, and 70 percent of those that responded