Crop Protection

Monsanto Drops Controversial Technology Fees

A change in the pricing structure for Monsanto’s biotechnology seed products will be showing up on seed invoices starting with next spring’s crops. Instead of farmers seeing a line item covering technology fees on an invoice, the company is shifting to a royalty pricing structure that will be paid by seed companies licensed to market these products.
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All Is Not Doom, Gloom For The Environment

Thanks to no-till and other measures, North America’s air, water and soil quality has greatly improved.
The environment is in far better shape than environmental advocacy groups and the media would lead you to believe, maintains Jay Lehr, senior scientist with Environmental Education Enterprises in Ostrander, Ohio.
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Let Cover Crops Trim Your Herbicide Costs

With nitrogen and weed control costs going up, here’s plenty of South America ammunition on the benefits of keeping your no-till fields covered all year long.
If you're looking for ways to trim no-till herbicide bills, research done in Paraguay indicates seeding cover crops can help you get the job done. Keeping the soil covered can be an effective way to reduce weed concerns when no-tilling.
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Slugging It Out With Slugs

Both no-tilled corn and soybeans are hit hard by these pests.
Slugs were likely a major worry for some no-tillers again this spring. In fact, a few Ohio growers have abandoned no-till because of them, maintains Ron Hammond, entomologist with the Ohio State University Agricultural Experiment Station at Wooster, Ohio.
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More Details Regarding The Double Nozzle Sprayer

A short term in the April, 2001, issue of No-Till Farmer on the double nozzle sprayer brought additional information in the form of a letter from Robin Taylor of Ohio State University and Spray Redux LLC, the company that is developing the sprayer, along with Jerry Doll, a University of Wisconsin weed scientist.
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