Author Archives: Amy L. Fahnestock

About Amy L. Fahnestock

Weeding Out Resistance

The challenge in growing row crops is back. Corn and especially soybeans had almost become a management no-brainer for retailers and their grower-customers, especially with the adoption of glyphosate-resistant crops. But all that reliance on glyphosate in the majority of U.S. corn and soybean acres has led to resistant and tolerant weeds. The other shoe

Sweet Treatments

  The big news in disease control as we near the end of the first decade of the 21st century is getting an early start with seed treatments. There’s a flurry of activity in this market sector, evidenced by the continuing news of pairing fungicide manufacturers and seed companies to bring new options to growers.

Rust Program: Saved, For Now

Eight months ago, the fate of the usually robust official soybean rust Web site, sbr.ipmpipe.org, looked bleak as its primary sponsorship ended. The Risk Management Agency (RMA) has provided about three-quarters of the project funding for USDA‘s Integrated Pest Management — Pest Information Platform for Extension and Edu­cation (ipmPIPE) Web site and university sentinel plots

Our New Look

You may have noticed some changes in this week’s CropLife eNews. As part of our effort to bring you the news you can use to improve your business, we’ve streamlined the individual categories to not only better reflect our print and Web offerings, but to also enable you to get in, get out, and get

Readying For War

Insecticides  Product  Company  Active Ingredient(s) CORN Belt SC Bayer CropScience flubendiamide SOYBEANS   Endigo Syngenta Crop Protection lambda-cyhalothrin + thiamethoxam BOTH CROPS Entrust (organic) Dow AgroSciences spinosad Leverage Bayer CropScience imidacloprid + cyfluthrin Tracer Naturalyte Dow AgroSciences spinosad Warrior II with Zeon Technology Syngenta Crop Protection lambda-cyhalothrin The 2008 growing season was supposed to be an

Year In Review: Stormy Yet Solid Season

The 2008 season will be remembered for the mix of clouds on its horizon — floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and even drought, and at the end, a volatile economy. With all that, how did agricultural retailers fare? The answer might surprise those outside the industry, but a quick look at the 2008 season shows that ethanol

Lowering The Boom

Financial experts don’t expect the current economic crisis to be over anytime soon, but there are certainly ways that you and your grower-customers can reduce input costs — including boom section controls. Boom section control allows the user to precisely apply fertilizer or a crop protection product; it also reduces driver fatigue. “The result is

Reducing Spray Stray

Spray drift. Two simple words, but when combined, they become a double-edged sword that slices into your dealership’s profits and reputation in one stroke. The pain of the costly waste of fertilizer/crop protection products for you and your grower-customer is only surpassed by the damage of the ensuing stewardship and environmental nightmare. No one —

Crop Protection: Just Getting Better

The 2008 growing season has certainly had its share of weather-related challenges — including a cool, wet spring in the eastern part of the Corn Belt that delayed planting, flooding along the Mississippi River that ruined acres of crops, and continuing drought conditions in the South and Southeast — each bringing on its own set

2007: Ingrained In Corn

Creating the annual list of key issues and events has been quite a challenge this year. At first glance, corn seems to be sitting alone at the top in all its golden glory, with everything else in a small heap at its feet. Did anything happen this year that didn’t have ties to corn? Well,