CLA and ARA respond to EPA new water rulemaking

From: AgProfessional

Rich Keller

CropLife America (CLA) and the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) expressed concern about the potential impacts of new Clean Water Act (CWA) proposed regulations on crop protection product applications and agriculture.

Proposed regulations were released on March 25 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps).

CLA and ARA are conducting review of the regulations and indicated both intend to submit comments when the rulemaking is published in the Federal Register. Their basic concerns are quite similar.

Backers say drones will prove useful for farmers

From: Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa — Interest is growing in using unmanned drones to help monitor millions of acres of crops.

Drones with infrared cameras and other sensors can help identify insect problems and watering issues early. They can also help assess crop yields and locate missing cattle.

The Des Moines Register reports ( ) that supporters believe using drones on farms makes sense because the operations are generally large and in rural areas.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International predicts that 80 percent of the commercial use of drones will eventually be in agriculture.

New Group Will Offer Safety Checks For Fertilizer Handlers

From: Farm Futures

Ag Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute create ‘ResponsibleAg,’ an organization to support industry safety compliance

The Agricultural Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute have created ResponsibleAg, an independent, not-for-profit organization designed to support fertilizer retailers’ compliance with federal safety and security regulations.

Under ResponsibleAg, retail fertilizer dealerships will have access to comprehensive inspections based on federal regulatory requirements. The inspections will be carried out by trained auditors who will have successfully completed an intensive training course based on the objectives of ResponsibleAg.

Custom cutters check out new crop of farm equipment at Century II

From: The Wichita Eagle

By Dan Voorhis

As workplaces go, the cab of a combine seems pretty nice. It’s cooled in the summer, sits above the dust, and the machine runs nearly automatically when it uses GPS.

That’s good because the custom cutters, who are holding their convention at Century II, basically live in them for months.

About 600 harvesters and the vendors that sell to them are in Wichita as part of the U.S. Custom Harvesters annual convention.

Adjuvants 2014: Who Needs Good Crop Prices?

From: CropLife


Even with dejected row crop prices now a frightening reality the industry must tackle head-on, adjuvants are somewhat surprisingly projected to maintain (or in some cases even build upon) market share in the crop protection realm throughout the next year.

“We’ve got another year ahead of increased tank mixing with glyphosate, which probably means a second adjuvant will be added to most mixes,” says Precision Laboratories’ Jim Reiss, vice president, ag chemistries, of the market outlook. “Add to that the now multiple herbicide applications for resistant weed control, the new Dow, Monsanto and BASF technologies coming to market and continued use of overlapping residuals and multiple modes of action — there is still going to be a substantive need for premium adjuvant products going forward.