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Don’t Get Lost in the Weeds: Additional Factors to Consider when Selecting Xtend Soybean Varieties

By Daren Mueller, Iowa State University; Damon Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Shawn Conley, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Spyridon Mourtzinis, University of Wisconsin-Madison;Yuba Kandel, Iowa State University; Tom Allen, Mississippi State University; Terry Spurlock, University of Arkansas; and Travis Faske, University of Arkansas. Selecting the most appropriate soybean varieties each year is critical for farming operations to…

Smartphone Application to Forecast White Mold in Soybean Now Available to Growers

Madison, WI — A new smartphone application, ‘Sporecaster,’ is now available for free download on both Android and iOS devices, that helps soybean farmers manage white mold. The application aides in the decision-making process of whether or not to apply a fungicide based on custom disease risk calculations for your field. The application was developed…

Wheat Diseases Added To Crop Protection Network Online Encyclopedia

Important updates have been made to the multi-state and international collaborative database, the Crop Protection Network (CPN). A total of 31 entries have been added to the database’s encyclopedia section, encompassing wheat crop pathogens. These entries are complete with in-depth descriptions and photos of diseases impacting wheat plants, diagnostic tips, impacts of weather on disease…

Fungicide Efficacy for Control of Corn Diseases

Fungicide Efficacy for Control of Corn Diseases The Corn Disease Working Group (CDWG) developed ratings for how well fungicides control major corn diseases in the United States. The CDWG determined the efficacy ratings for each fungicide by field-testing the materials over multiple years and locations. Each rating is based on the product’s level of disease…

Peanut Variety and Quality Evaluation. I. Agronomic and Grade Data

The 2017 PVQE agronomic and grading results are available here https://pubs.ext.vt.edu/AREC/AREC-231/AREC-231.html.  In 2017, 25 peanut breeding lines from the North Carolina State University’s Peanut Breeding program were tested and compared with five commercial cultivars at five locations in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. At two locations, two digging dates were performed, bringing the number…

Factors Affecting Wheat Production Decisions: Producer survey findings

Written collaboratively by Tong Wang, David Hennessy, and Hongli Feng (Michigan State University). Recent USDA data shows that during the past 3 years acres devoted to wheat production continue declining in both South Dakota and North Dakota (USDA, 2018). As indicated in Table 1, South Dakota wheat acres experienced a remarkable decrease of 31.5% during…

EPA Public Comment Period Open on Neonicotinoid Insecticide Ecological Risk Assessments, Closes February 20

The EPA recently opened a public comment period on ecological risk assessments of four neonicotinoid insecticides as part of the ongoing registration review for these materials. The purpose of this comment period is to allow stakeholders and the general public to provide input on the risks and benefits of these materials related to their use…

New Site Gives Midwest Farmers Easy Access to Crop Management Resources

Farmers and agribusiness have a new tool to help them tackle crop management challenges. The Crop Protection Network, a multi-state and international collaboration of university and provincial extension specialists, has redesigned its website at www.cropprotectionnetwork.org. In addition to the corn and soybean publications it is known for, the site now offers videos, newsletter and blog articles, featured…

Dicamba Training Announcement

The federal labels for XtendiMax® herbicide with VaporGrip® Technology (Monsanto), Dow DuPont ® FeXapan® herbicide Plus VaporGrip® Technology, and Engenia® Herbicide (BASF) now require additional training beyond a Pesticide Applicator’s License prior to use of these products “over the top” of dicamba-tolerant soybean or cotton.  Training for 2018 will be provided by the registrants of…

SDSU Extension Guidelines for Safely & Legally Applying XtendiMax, Engenia and FeXapan

Courtesy: United Soybean Board [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr Written collaboratively by Amanda Bachmann, Gared Shaffer, Nathan Edwards, Laura Edwards, and Paul O. Johnson. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture adopted the 2018 federal label for the dicamba herbicides: XtendiMax, FeXapan and Engenia. There are substantial changes from the 2017 label—especially in regards to weather.…