New Nitrogen Study Released

Melissa Sandfort

Plants’ ability to absorb increased levels of carbon dioxide in the air may have been overestimated, a new University of Minnesota study shows. The study, published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows that even though plants absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide and actually can benefit from higher levels of it, they may not get enough of …

Agribusiness, Nutrient Management, Soil Sampling

Sightings Contest Launches FS InVISION Seed Corn

Melissa Sandfort

Shawn Kinkade of Piper City, Ill., was selected as the winner of a social media contest in which people reported sightings of the new FS InVISION™ logo. Kinkade’s photograph showed the logo prominently displayed on a fertilizer storage tank at the Heritage FS facility near Herscher, Ill. The contest was launched to raise awareness of the newly re-branded FS seed …

Agribusiness, Corn, FS Green Plan Solution, Growmark, social media

Expiration of the 2008 Farm Bill

Melissa Sandfort

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is one of 15 agricultural organizations issuing joint statement today on the expiration of the 2008 farm bill: The 2008 law governing many of our nation’s farm policies expired on Sunday, September 30th, and the 2012 Farm Bill needed to replace it is bottled up in Congress. While the Senate and the House …

AFBF, Agribusiness, Conservation, Corn, Farm Bill, NCGA, USDA

Yield Advantage with Optimum AQUAmax Products

Melissa Sandfort

New Pioneer brand Optimum® AQUAmax™ products from DuPont Pioneer demonstrated a significant yield advantage in the second year of on-farm evaluations in North America during unprecedented drought conditions. On more than 4,000 side-by-side comparisons with competitive products, preliminary 2012 yield data from Pioneer shows an advantage of more than 8 percent with Optimum AQUAmax products in water-limited environments and almost …

Agribusiness, yields

Act Now to Manage Nutrients for 2013

Melissa Sandfort

As winter approaches, it’s the best time to determine if crops hit by the 2012 drought left any residual nitrogen (N) or other nutrients in your soil profile. Residual soil nitrates can be higher after a drought where N was applied. This happens because of decreased downward soil water movement and reduced N uptake by drought-stressed plants. The effect of …

Agribusiness, Fertilizer, Soil Sampling

Managing Soil Copper Buildup

Melissa Sandfort

Getting a head start on stopping soil copper buildup will now be a bit easier, thanks to studies by USDA scientists. This research could help Pacific Northwest farmers develop long-term irrigation management strategies to protect crops from potentially dangerous soil copper levels. Scientists with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) conducted a laboratory investigation to assess how copper levels in wastewater …

Agribusiness, Research, USDA

2012 ARA/AgGateway Technology Contest

Melissa Sandfort

About: The following products were nominated by the ag retail community via the ARA website to be presented during the ARA Annual Conference & Expo held November 27th – 29th in San Diego, CA. The product with the most votes by Friday, October 19th will receive 30 minutes to demonstrate their product during the Technology Breakout Session, a complimentary conference …

Agribusiness, General, Retailers

E-marketplace Connecting Farmers

Melissa Sandfort

A new website recently launched,, which is a U.S.-based niche e-marketplace to connect farmers, growers and agriculture companies in a similar way as they might through broad e-commerce platforms, such as Amazon. Essentially, it is a way for farmers, growers and agriculture companies to market their products directly to consumers and other companies, via an online platform. One of …

Agribusiness, Farmers, Resources

Topcon partners with PrecisionAg Institute

Melissa Sandfort

Topcon Precision Agriculture has announced support for the PrecisionAg Institute, the industry’s independent global initiative dedicated to the sharing of precision agriculture practices, ideas, research, products, services and success stories. The company has joined as a “PrecisionAg Institute Partner,” reinforcing its commitment to the greater adoption and efficient, effective use of precision agriculture technology. Topcon joins other leading agricultural companies …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement