Crop Protection

Monsanto Puts Hold On Roundup Ready Wheat

Instead of being introduced as early as 2005, it may be 2012 before Roundup Ready spring wheat is released.
While numerous farm and environmental groups celebrated Monsanto’s decision to shelve its Roundup Ready spring wheat project, other farmers and organizations are not all that happy with the decision.
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Danger! Soybean Rust Ahead!

Every grower has heard the warnings, but there is still doubt about how prepared we are to face this crop-killer.
Asian soybean rust is a foliar disease, notes Glen Hartman, a plant pathologist at the University of Illinois who is heavily involved in preparing the U.S. for its arrival, “and tillage per se should not interact with rust incidence or severity.”
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Fungicide Exemption Opens Door To Soybean Rust Countermeasures

In granting a limited exemption to a ban on myclobutanil herbicides, the Environmental Protection Agency may have taken the first step toward arming farmers with additional chemicals they could use to fight the potentially devastating soybean rust disease, which is expected to arrive in the United States in the near future.
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Why Dandelions Are Costing No-Tillers Big Bucks

Ohio State University weed scientists share the latest ideas on why dandelions are becoming a bigger threat to no-tilled crops.
When it comes to weed control, more no-tillers each year are having problems dealing with dandelions. Ohio State University weed scientists Anthony Dobbels, Mark Loux and Jeff Stachler say that dandelions have become much more widespread in Ohio crop production fields over the past 5 years.
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List Of Options Growing For Controlling No-Till Soybean Pests

Herbicide and insecticide manufacturers offer advice and a few new products to no-tillers for the coming growing season
Defense planning is under way across the country. No-tillers are taking aim at the weeds, insects and diseases that could threaten their soybean crops in 2004. And as the threats to soybeans change - aphids have become a bigger problem in the past couple of years, and fast-acting rust disease seems ready to move into the U.S. from South America - the country's pesticide manufacturers are offering some new alternatives on top of proven performers to guard the fields.
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More Choices Available in 2004 For Protecting No-Till Corn

New products are mostly refinements of old standbys and recent successful introductions. Manufacturers are emphasizing convenience and market competition.
No-Tillers planning for the 2004 growing season can look forward to a handful of new alternatives for protecting their corn from weeds and insects. Herbicide and insecticide manufacturers and seed producers introduced their new products to attendees at the National No-Tillage Conference held in Des Moines, Iowa, in January.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Direct Seeding Has Dramatically Reduced Dependence On Herbicides

Thanks to diversified crop rotations and improved management strategies, no-tilling is paying off for this eastern Oregon rancher and his two sons.
When we started no-tilling 25 years ago, we really weren’t trying to solve a soil erosion problem. We hadn’t thought it through that far and we just wanted to stay competitive by reducing costs. And it took several years and dramatic changes in our cropping systems before we started to see the real long-term benefits of no-till (which we call direct seeding).
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