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Tenders: Tending To Business

They tend to be a different breed, the tenders, because they don’t actually “do” anything across the field like spreaders and sprayers. Theirs is the backdrop task of servicing the field’s stars, but just try to get through spring without them. Tender manufacturers don’t come out with new models every year or two, either; it’s

Tale Of Two Springs

To paraphrase Charles Dickens, this spring is the best of times in the central Corn Belt area, it is the worst of — well, more like not so good — times for those along the surrounding edges. According to DTN meteorologists Bryce Anderson and Mike Palmerino during their “Late Spring Ag Weather Outlook” Webinar last

Know Your Target

As seed companies bring new and/or combined resistance traits into the market to help growers return higher yields, concerns about nontarget spray drift will only heighten for ground and aerial applicators, who will need to exercise increased caution before pulling the trigger. Today’s smaller profit margins allow little room for error, and the wrong herbicide

When It Comes To Fertilizer, You’ve Got Opinions

I’ve noticed throughout my 19 years on the CropLife staff that the topic of fertilizer — be it pricing, availability, etc. — is always one that retailers are quite passionate about. And the comments sent in to our question of what fertilizer subject you’d like see covered in the annual CropLife eNews spring series reflect

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High-Tech Inspiration

If you haven’t really jumped onto the precision agriculture bandwagon yet, or your program seems to be in a rut, be sure to read Group Editor Paul Schrimpf’s cover story, “Technology In Overdrive,” in our upcoming May issue. The article focuses on Jimmy Sanders, Inc., a long-time CropLife 100 member, and how the company’s early

Planting Intentions Still Not Crystal Clear

Usually when I talk to a retailer near mid-April, they’ve got a pretty good handle on how many corn and soybean acres their grower-customers are planting. But this year’s story hasn’t been all that typical, and my conversation the other day with Mark Meyer of Crystal Valley Cooperative in Waldorf, MN, is a pretty good example

Broadening Our Scope

Our CropLife Media Group — which includes CropLife, CropLife IRON, PrecisionAg Special Reports, and Farm Chemicals International in print along with our online presence of e-newsletters and Web sites — constantly strives to provide the best and most useful information to our audience, along with recognition to cutting-edge retailers. For example, we hosted a corn

Crop Protection: Chomping At The Bit

Every season, it’s the same concern: keeping insects and diseases from taking a big bite out of your grower-customers’ corn and soybean yields. How are retailers dealing with the key insects and diseases in their area? CropLife┬« magazine talked to a few CropLife 100 retailers to get their take. Timely Scouting Integrated pest management practices

Kudzu: Where The Wild Things Are

Snakes. Hidden gullies. Washing machines. Animals, dead and alive. These are some of the things Extension plant pathologists encounter while scouting for soybean rust in the South. Go ahead, admit it, you just thought someone walks into a soybean field and collects a few leaves for confirmation. In the South, it can be a walk