With mainstream media outlets jumping all over anhydrous ammonia and ammonium nitrate fertilizer as possible causes of the tragic West Fertilizer Co. plant explosion, fertilizer industry leadership is urging patience and open-mindedness as the investigation proceeds. “We have no official statement at the moment,” says Kevin Runkle director of regulatory affairs, Illinois Fertilizer And Chemical
From the minute one ducks inside its Maple Park, IL, headquarters, it’s clear that Hintzsche Fertilizer Inc. is doing a traditional family business on a larger scale – and with much success. It starts at the very top with CEO and president David Hintzsche’s approachable, seemingly easy-going manner and trickles down throughout the organization, from
While we all can agree that weed resistance is a bane modern agriculture must eventually snuff out, it is making crop scouting services more relevant (and profitable for retailers) going forward, according to Betsy Bowers, agronomist at Ceres Solutions. “Glyphosate definitely changed the game of weed scouting,” she says. “Before it was no longer important
Manufacturers are ramping up production of specialty adjuvants as the tank mix takes center stage in the weed resistance fight.
Q: Discuss the current direction of the seed treatment industry in the U.S. Andy LaVigne: “As far as the overall trend or direction of the industry, there’s a lot of new innovation and technology going on in the industry. Whether it’s biotech or a variety for disease resistance, it’s a very exciting place to be
As highlighted in our final CropLife Media Group e-newsletter of 2012, the third most searched term on our site this past year was nitrogen. One of nature’s most basic and prolific elements is a hot item right now and should continue to be so as growers strive for continued yield growth hand over fist. Naturally
Despite overall sales figures for fungicides being down at most ag retailers, many expect a rebound in 2013 as growers look to eke out every single additional bushel of yield. “Even with the reduction of acres treated in 2012, producer interest in fungicide applications remains high and we continue to recommend a total agronomic approach
Upon arrival one can’t help but notice the pioneering spirit that pervades Central Valley Ag Cooperative’s (CVA) Oakland location in northeastern Nebraska. It was, after all, once upon a time that Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery Expedition passed through these very parts as the explorers followed the meandering Missouri River on their now-historic journey
As we all very-well know, this past year brought about some unique challenges for the industry from a crop protection standpoint. Insects that normally would have hit Midwestern fields the hardest appeared in greater numbers in the South, mostly due to the drought conditions that took hold mid-summer throughout the Corn Belt. Prior to that,
Despite some pushback from the drought, increased awareness surrounding weed resistance and high commodity prices made 2012 a solid year for herbicide sales, according to industry experts. Likewise, 2013 looks to continue that trend as products composed of three or more modes of action and offering enhanced application flexibility enjoy increased adoption in the market.