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Maine Taking Steps To Allow Bt Corn

Main has been the only state in the U.S. that doesn’t permit the planting of Bt corn, but that might be about to change. The state’s Board of Pesticide Control licensed the genetically engineered corn this past summer and recently held a public hearing on proposed rules regulating its use in the state. Bt corn could be used for the first time in Maine as soon as 2008.
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Is Syngenta’s Approach To Herbicide Resistance Management Valid?

Two weed scientist square off on the pros and cons of this new 2-1-2 herbicide resistance strategy.
Earlier this fall, Syngenta Crop Protection initiated an educational and promotional campaign built around a herbicide resistance management strategy that they've named 2-1-2. The numeric code (below) describes an approach in which no more than two applications of glyphosate are made to one field within a 2-year period.
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What I've Learned From No-Tilling: Finding No-Till’s Weakest Link Is Essential

Having just one problem in a no-till system is enough to cause serious problems and it can happen at any time — even after 20 years of no-tilling.
When you think about being directly involved with saving a natural resource as significant as the Chesapeake Bay, it’s hard not to get excited. That noble thought might be enough reason all by itself to really hard sell continuous no-till systems, including cover crops and rotations. And when you can see clearly that no-till makes farming more profitable — in addition to the big-picture environmental equation — you can start to sense that we’re onto something, as they say, that’s really big.
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