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  • Researchers recently received a grant to investigate a new U.S. corn disease, bacterial leaf streak, which has surfaced in nine states since 2016. (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)

    Crop Tech Corner

    In this week's Crop Tech Corner, researchers dig into bacterial leaf streak of corn, a new disease-resistance corn gene and oil-producing sorghum.

  • Anhydrous showed another large decrease in price the fourth week of July 2017, down 13% from last month. The nitrogen fertilizer had an average price of $423 per ton the fourth week of July. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Some retail fertilizers -- mainly nitrogen fertilizers -- continued to see significant price decreases the fourth week of July 2017. Despite the lower prices, some farmers say they will wait until later in the year to start buying fertilizer for the 2018...

  • Southern corn rust is among the many pests to scout for this week. The disease has moved as far north as Nebraska and Iowa in record time this year. (Photo courtesy Bob Kemerait of University of Georgia Extension.)

    Pest Roundup

    Between southern corn rust, pyrethroid-resistant soybean aphids and a recovering rootworm population, Midwest growers have plenty to scout for this week.

  • Extreme weather and changing nitrogen uptake by modern corn hybrids are forcing farmers to closely monitor their crops to ensure the crop has enough nitrogen when the crop needs the nutrients. (DTN photo by Pam Smith)

    Monitoring Nitrogen Better

    Tools such as nitrogen modeling are becoming more popular as farmers want some help to assure nitrogen is available for rapidly growing corn plants.

  • With an average retail price of $229 per ton the third week of July 2017, UAN28 is 6% less expensive compared to the previous month. (DTN chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    For the third week in a row, average retail fertilizer prices continued to decrease. Anhydrous, urea and UAN28 saw the biggest price drops.

  • Urea is currently 5% less expensive compared to a month earlier. Urea had an average price of $321 per ton the second week of July 2017. (DTN Chart)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail prices for all eight of the major fertilizers were lower the second week of July 2017 compared to a month earlier, with anhydrous and urea seeing the biggest price declines.

  • Symptoms of dicamba injury have caused states to take a harder line on applications of low volatility dicamba formulations. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Missouri Dicamba Ban Released

    The Missouri Department of Agriculture has released the stop sale, use or removal order on herbicides approved for Xtend trait system.

  • This non-GMO soybean field in Illinois is showing the characteristic puckering and curling associated with exposure to dicamba herbicide. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Tennessee Sets Dicamba Rules

    Dicamba continues to be a hot topic as symptoms begin to show in other states. Weed scientists are skeptical that applicators can meet proposed additional label restrictions.

  • Anhydrous was down 8% compared to last month. The nitrogen fertilizer average price was $462/ton. (DTN graphic by Scott R Kemper)

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    All eight major fertilizer are priced lower, but for the first time in nearly five months a fertilizer was actually down a significant amount.

  • This soybean field in Illinois is showing symptoms of off-target movement of a new formulation of dicamba that was sprayed in a neighboring field. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Dicamba Debate Continues

    Dicamba continues to be a hot topic as symptoms begin to show in other states. Weed scientists are skeptical that applicators can meet proposed additional label restrictions.

  • Average retail fertilizer prices showed little movement in either direction the fourth week of June 2017, according to fertilizer retailers surveyed by DTN.

    DTN Retail Fertilizer Trends

    Average retail fertilizer prices showed little movement in either direction the fourth week of June 2017, according to fertilizer retailers surveyed by DTN.

  • Extra nitrogen doesn't always translate to extra yield in soybeans. Consider the practice carefully. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Dr. Dan Talks Agronomy

    Debate over applying nitrogen (N) on beans still rages, though low commodity prices have dampened expectations of a return. There are a few tips to consider if you are thinking of giving beans an extra shot of N.

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