Crop Tech

August 25, 2015 02:17 AM

Iowa Cost Share to Increase Cover Crops in Soybeans

A new cost-sharing and supply chain initiative with ADM might encourage more Iowa farmers to plant cover crops, which could help decrease runoff into Iowa’s waterways.

The program will provide $25 per-acre cost share for new cover crop users or farmers who have used cover crops one time or less in the past three years. For experienced cover crop users, the program provides $15 per acre. The cost share only applies when using Soil First brand by La Crosse Seed. La Crosse will also provide additional discounts. The cost-share program is capped at 160 acres per farmer, and farmers currently enrolled in the Nutrient Reduction Strategy Practice Implementation and Demonstration Projects are not eligible.

The cost share is funded through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The goal of the three-year project is to increase cover crops in 43 counties that span eight watersheds in Iowa. Nearly half of Iowa soybean farmers live in the eight watersheds, and only a third of them have tried cover crops thus far, most on 25% of their fields or less.

The new supply chain with ADM is a result of their effort to reward farmers for sustainable practices. The soybeans will be used by Unliever for Hellmann’s and Best Foods mayonnaise. The company hopes to source sustainably produced soybeans from 1 million acres by the end of 2017.

Contact Maree Deventer at or (515) 263-3266, or Sarah Carlson at sarah@practical or (515) 232-5661.

Dow Introduces PowerCore in the U.S.

For areas with significant above-ground insect pressure but little to no rootworm pressure, a new trait package is available from Dow AgroSciences. PowerCore, first launched in South America, has three above-ground insect protections and Enlist herbicide tolerance (glyphosate and 2,4-D choline). The stack is said to protect from European corn borer, southwestern corn borer, corn earworm, western bean cutworm, black cutworm and fall armyworm. PowerCore will be available in the U.S. for 2016, pending regulatory approvals for Enlist.

FMC Expands R&D and Headquarters

FMC has been expanding their reach throughout the U.S. and abroad the past few years through acquisitions and new products.

Since FMC bought Cheminova, the company has been experiencing significant growth in Europe. To meet those needs, they are adding headquarters and a research and development center in Denmark. The site will be in the Scion DTU Science and Technology park in Horsholm, north of Copenhagen. The facilities will open in 2016 and serve as a hub for research, development and regional functions.

New Corn Herbicide From Syngenta

When resistant weeds run rampant, it’s key to mix modes of action. Syngenta’s new option in corn premix herbicides, Acuron Flexi, has three active ingredients, bicyclopyrone (HPPD inhibitor), mesotrione (HPPD inhibitor) and s-metolachor (photosystem II inhibitor). The product has group 27 and group 5 sites of action/herbicide groups.

Bicyclopyrone, a newly registered ingredient, is an HPPD inhibitor and provides action against broadleaves. Acuron Flexi is a residual with an application window of 28 days pre-plant and corn up to 30".


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