1. The EPA is seeking public comment regarding registration of Enlist Duo, which contains glyphosate and choline salt of 2,4-D, for use in controlling weeds in corn and soybeans that tolerate 2,4-D. Public comments may be submitted until May30, 2014, to the EPA docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0195 at www.regulations.gov.
Weeds are becoming increasingly resistant to glyphosate-based herbicides and are posing a problem for farmers. If finalized, EPA’s action provides an additional tool to reduce the spread of glyphosate resistant weeds. To ensure that Enlist Duo successfully manages weed resistance problems, the proposal would impose requirements on the manufacturer including robust monitoring and reporting to EPA, grower education and remediation and would allow EPA to take swift action to impose additional restrictions on the manufacturer and the use of the pesticide if resistance develops.
2. Western corn rootworm resistance is spreading. Mike Gray, University of Illinois Extension specialist, says that resistance for Cry3Bb1 has been found in more counties in Illinois, for a total of 6 so far. Gray says that farmers are using more soil insecticides at planting.
3. Potential for insecticide drift from planters could impact bees this season. Insecticide seed treatments on corn seed produce a dust, says Reed Johnson, Ohio State entomologist.
"Depending on conditions, this insecticidal dust can settle on the flowering trees and weeds frequented by bees," Johnson said. "The dust can be packed up with the pollen and then be transported back to the colony where it can have the potential to poison young and developing bees.
Read more about the impact of insecticide dust on bees at planting time.
4. Succession planning is something every farm should do. The American Soybean Association is offering planning workshops to help farmers and their families with that task. There will be six workshops held throughout the U.S. from June through December.
“ASA is dedicated to enhancing and protecting the livelihoods of soybean producers. Today’s tax laws and regulatory landscape are making it harder to keep the farm in the family,” said Bob Worth, ASA membership and corporate relations chairman. “Succession planning is a watershed issue facing all soybean producers and these workshops will provide soybean producers with the basics in getting a succession plan started.”
5. Picking rocks is a necessary evil for many farmers, and for one farmer in Minnesota, it can take longer to pick rocks from fields than it does to plant the field. Especially when he comes across a rock so big, the only thing to do is bury it again.
“When I see a rock like this one with a certain bluish color, I know it’ll be dense and heavier for its size than any other, and all I can do is rebury it cause I sure can’t lift it with a backhoe,” says Mike Petefish, Claremont, Minn.
Read more and see the picture of the rock Petefish found in his field.
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