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Number 120: January 30, 2012

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PMN Produces First Executive Summary Webcast

Soy Checkoff  

Courtesy of the United Soybean Board, the Plant Management Network is now producing executive summary versions of its Focus on Soybean webcasts for the 2012 publishing year. These two- to five-minute webcasts are condensed versions of their original 15- to 45-minute talks. These summary webcasts offer bottom-line actionable information that is usable in the field. View the first executive summary webcast in this month’s “Soybean Seeding Rates” presentation.

Focus on Tomato Webcast Addresses Diagnostics

Tomato Diagnostics  

In this latest Focus on Tomato presentation, Dr. Christine Smart, Associate Professor at Cornell University, helps consultants, growers, and other practitioners identify appropriate antibody-based diagnostic tools to aid in pathogen identification. The webcast, titled “Antibody-based Diagnostic Tools for Identifying Tomato Diseases” describes the concepts behind commonly used tools such as indirect ELISA and immunostrip assays, and also discusses technologies that may improve disease diagnosis of tomato in the future.

New Webcast on Soybean Seeding Rates

Soybean Seeding  

While there are some advantages to higher plant populations, they do not always translate into higher yields. In the latest Focus on Soybean presentation, “Soybean Seeding Rates” by Bill Cox, Professor and Crop Scientist at Cornell University, helps consultants, growers, and other practitioners, particularly in the Northeast USA region, recommend or select seeding rates for soybean production.

Ag Drainage Management Covered in Focus on Corn

Drainage Management  

Much of the Corn Belt is dependent upon subsurface (tile) drainage to be productive. Even the best corn growing soils are poorly drained and could not be used for crop production before tile drainage was installed. In Focus on Corn’s latest presentation, “Ag Drainage Management Practices and Results,” Harold Reetz, Principal of Reetz Agronomics discusses the mechanics, practices, and benefits of drainage water management systems (DWMs). Among the positive results of using DWMs: reduced water and nitrate loss and increased crop yield.

Positions Available

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  • Cropping Systems Agronomist
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  • Solutions Agronomist
  • Assistant Professor - Field Crop Pathology
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  • Ag Biotech Operations – Program Manager (Technology Specialist)
  • Research Associate, Agronomy
  • R&D Agronomist

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Forage and Grazinglands

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Comparing Morphological Development and Nutritive Value of Caucasian Old World Bluestem and Native Grasses  Public Summary | Article


Sufficient Nutrients Vital for Beef Cows  Article

Cow-Pieology 101: The Straight Poop on Cattle Nutrition  Article

Seeding Strategies Help Rangelands Recover From Fire  Article

Proper Nutrition Vital for Livestock in Late Gestation   Article

Cattlemen Could Make More Money With Heavyweight Calves or Stockers   Article

Hydrogels Help Grasses Grow on Remote, Arid Rangelands  Article

Winter Means Cattle Producers Need to Keep Closer Eye on Herds  Article


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Forage and Grazinglands - Plant Health Progress

Plant Health Progress

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Myrothecium roridum Leaf Spot and Stem Canker on Watermelon in the Southern Great Plains: Possible Factors for Its Outbreak   Public Summary | Article


What Can Mother Nature Do to Japanese Beetles?   Article

Ag Researchers: Test Pulse Seed for Ascochyta   Article

Mild Winter Means Earlier Scouting   Article

Texas Experts Hope Citrus Greening Disease is Not Widespread   Article

Researchers Discover Green Pesticide for Citrus Pests   Article

To Halt Wilt Disease, Destroy Dead Pines ASAP  Article

Researchers: Honeybee Deaths Linked To Seed Insecticide Exposure   Article

Syngenta Increases Insecticide Component in Avicta Complete Cotton   Article

Syngenta Advises PNW Cereal Growers Remain Vigilant For Stripe Rust Development  Article

WSU Scientists Use Flower Power to Combat Orchard Menace  Article

New Potential Pest Raises Big Stink, Upsetting Farmers and Homeowners  Article

Fire Ants’ ‘Aphid-Ranching’ Skills May be Key to Their Successful U.S. Invasion   Article

Crop Management

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Corn Yield and Economic Return with Nitrogen Applied Through Drip Tubing  Public Summary |  Article

Irrigated Soybean Can Have a Small Response to Nitrogen Applied During Early Reproductive Growth  Public Summary | Article


Study Shines Light on Ways to Cut Costs for Greenhouse Growers   Article

Research Aimed at Corn Production With Limited Irrigation   Article

New Research Shows Atrazine Boosts U.S. Corn Output by 600 Million Bushels Per Year   Article

Accelerated Aging Could Be a Better Yardstick for Soybean Seed Viability, Says UA Study   Article

Pioneer Sees Strong Field Results for Plenish High Oleic Soybeans  Article

Spreading Manure on Frozen Ground Option for Producers, but Proper Application Crucial   Article

Warm Winter Creates Need to Manage Stored Grain  Article

New RMA Rule Gives Flexibility in Cover Crop Termination  Article

DuPont to Collaborate with Research Organizations to Solve the Drought Challenges   Article

Kansas Wheat Retains Winter Hardiness Despite Mild Temperatures   Article

Wilson: Use DD50, Know Where to Plant Conventional VS. Hybrids  Article

Scott: Producers Should Rotate Weed Control Chemistry, Not Just Crops. University of Arkansas   Article

Tool Helps Show U.S. Soy’s Sustainability   Article

Deltapine Cotton Varieties Offer Farmers Potential for Significant Yield Advantage in 2012   Article

Research Shows Benefits of Irrigated Corn Offset Energy Costs   Article

Nitrogen Soil Testing Available for Rice Growers for Limited Time Only   Article

Unique Chemistry in Armezon Herbicide from BASF is Tough on Weeds, Safe on Corn  Article

Kansas Drought Conditions Likely to Ease Further in 2012  Article

Scientists Refute Greenpeace Claims About GM Corn  Article

UK Soil Scientists Increase Wheat Yields Through Better Use of Nitrogen  Article

New OpTill PRO Herbicide Gives Growers a More Complete Foundation to Control the Toughest Weeds. BASF Crop Protection   Article

Syngenta Funds Computer Model to Put Palmer Amaranth in Crosshairs  Article

USDA Deregulates Monsanto’s First-Generation Drought-Tolerant Trait for Corn   Article

Oklahoma Wheat Producers Should Assess Topdress Needs  Article

Applied Turfgrass Science

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Establishment of Creeping Bentgrass in Annual Bluegrass Fairways Using Glyphosate and Interseeding  Public Summary | Article


Sports Turf Managers Fighting Bugs by Going Green  Article

Bluegrass, Fescue (Over)Seeding Season Can Start Now  Article

Book Addresses Salinity Management of Turfgrass Sites  Article

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