With food production so closely tied to the world’s water supply, Syngenta is raising awareness among its employees on how they can conserve water at home.
Following last year’s severe drought, many analysts predicted 2013 could be a rougher year for the fertilizer category. And it was.
Corn conditions are declining after promising weekend rains disappointed farmers. And while corn maturation is catching up, it’s still a long way from the five-year average. According to the USDA’s latest Crop Progress report on Monday, 61% of the nation’s corn is in good or better condition, down from 64% last week. Crops in the
China, a major importer of U.S. corn grain and dried distillers grain solubles, has officially granted full regulatory import authorization for Monsanto Co.’s MON 87460 trait, the biotechnology trait in Genuity DroughtGard Hybrids, as part of a broader series of approvals. This represents a significant step forward for technology approvals in China. In 2012, more
U.S. farmers and ranchers must adapt or risk getting left behind as climate change becomes an increasingly influential part of the agricultural landscape, the head of the U.S. Agriculture Department said Wednesday. During a speech in Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said better technological advancements through products such as seed so far have been enough
If the climate continues to evolve as predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the U.S. stands little to no chance of satisfying its current biofuel goals, according to a new study by Rice University and the University of California at Davis. The study published online in the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science and
Global crop protection companies BASF SE and Monsanto Co. plan to commercially launch a drought-tolerant variety of genetically modified corn in the U.S. next year, a senior BASF official said Thursday. “We are working with Monsanto to develop a new GM corn variety, which is currently under trial and expected to be ready for launch
The drought of 2012 has likely increased the carryover of nitrate-nitrogen (nitrate-N) into the 2013 season, according to field agronomists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. In addition to less nitrogen being used by last year’s crop, the reduced rainfall in 2012 resulted in less nitrate leaving the soil through leaching and de-nitrification (loss
Conventional wisdom says most tiny critters should have perished under last season’s parched conditions — but some actually thrived in the heat. Christian Krupke, Extension entomologist with Purdue University, would call 2012 “the year of the mites” thanks to the drought, though yield damage from both factors would be difficult to differentiate. Although mites are
With the prospect of a continuation of one of the worst droughts in nearly 50 years, the USDA is reminding farmers and ranchers of some of the programs they offer that may help to mitigate effects of the drought. Last month, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new sign-up for the Conserve Reserve Program beginning