A field crops entomologist says dry weather at the beginning of summer has likely reduced pest populations. Chris DiFonzo with Michigan State University tells Brownfield pest outbreaks have been remarkably quiet. She points to her ongoing research on stink bugs. “This is the lowest year... Read More.
A Michigan farmer says he’s preparing for disease pressure after recent rain and humidity. Dennis Gardner farms along the Sanilac, St. Clair County border in the Thumb. “It’s very sporadic over here, you could go 10 miles either way of our main farm and you’d... Read More.
Continued dryness and insect pressure were top concerns for Minnesota farmers last week. USDA’s latest crop report says 64 percent of topsoil and 61 percent of subsoil moisture is rated short to very short. Corn is developing a little faster than normal with 72 percent... Read More.
Crop diseases are emerging throughout the Midwest. Jeff Moon with Corteva Agriscience says pressure was low early in the season because of dry conditions. “We have been seeing some of these disease conditions turn a bit and be more favorable toward diseases developing with some... Read More.
At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, live and feeder cattle were lower ahead of the week’s direct cash business, pressure from the recent trend in boxed beef, and spillover from the broader markets. Feeders had additional pressure from the higher move in corn. August... Read More.
An agronomist with Beck’s says growers could see additional insect pressure because of mild winter weather conditions. Travis Coleman covers southern Indiana. “We’ve seen some flights of army worm and black cutworm that are already a bit above normal,” he says. He says scouting for... Read More.
An integrated pest management specialist in Minnesota says rootworm pressure is showing up in corn that followed soybeans. Bruce Potter with the University of Minnesota tells Brownfield there’s some lodging in rotated corn. “So it looks like extended diapause is back, people should be paying... Read More.
An extension agronomist says weed pressure has been heavier than normal during the growing season. Iowa State University’s Meaghan Anderson says some farmers have had a tough time keeping waterhemp in check. “Now that we’ve pretty much wrapped up most of our post applications, I’ve... Read More.
A member of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on trade is encouraging the U.S. Trade Representative to keep pressure on Mexico to withdraw its proposed ban on biotech corn. Minnesota Republican Michelle Fischbach says the USTR should fully utilize the tools she has... Read More.