In the past few years, Palmer amaranth has snuck into Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio fields in an unexpected way: through CRP and native plantings. To prevent the weed from getting into the professional seed supply, researchers created a DNA test to identify the seed before it reaches the farm.
Research confirms paths of drift mitigation
Bigger isn’t better, but in this case it’s a whole lot safer. As the spray application industry trends to coarser droplets that offer less coverage but mitigate drift, new field data offers valuable insights into the efficacy of spray tips and hoods. The trial results are particularly timely with three new dicamba herbicides available this year: Engenia, FeXapan and XtendiMax.
With farmer and regulator eyes turned toward the two companies, Bayer and Monsanto technology leads on Thursday repeated their confidence the merger will close by the end of 2017. The companies need approval from regulatory authorities in 30 countries.
“We’ve submitted information to 20 and everything is on track,” said Adrian Percy, head of research and development at Bayer CropScience during a press conference at Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas.
Farmers faced with a fungicide, herbicide or insecticide application have more than one option – particularly as more and more generic inputs enter the market. They typically cost less than their name brand counterparts. But are they really a better deal?
They certainly appear to be, especially in light of a new Pulse poll from Farm Journal media. When asked their preference, a slight majority (56%) say they tend to favor generic pesticides over their brand-name counterparts.
By Linda Geist, University of Missouri Extension
Atrazine, one of farmers' least expensive and most effective chemicals for weed control, is under the magnifying glass.
Atrazine is up for re-registration review by the Environmental Protection Agency, says Bob Broz, water quality specialist for University of Missouri Extension. Broz recently spoke to certified crop advisers at a meeting in St. Joseph.
To date, several dozen states have the green light from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use of the new dicamba formulations, BASF Engenia and Monsanto XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology. Monsanto has also licensed its product to DuPont, which is marketing it as FeXapan with VaporGrip.
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