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Arkansas’ Soybean Seed Quality Project
A good soybean crop begins with quality seed. Arkansas weather and geology vary so much that seed quality is extremely important.

“Two major issues have concerned producers the past couple of years concerning seed quality,” says Dr. Jeremy Ross, Extension soybean agronomist with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. “First, producers had difficulty obtaining seed, and then the seed wouldn’t germinate to an adequate stand.”

The Division received funding from the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board this past spring to fund the Soybean Seed Quality Project to address these issues. There are five goals of this project, according to Dr. Rick Cartwright, Extension plant pathology professor.

“We want to determine the correlation of various seed-testing methods with field performance under Arkansas conditions as well as survey soybean seed for quality sold for planting in Arkansas,” says Cartwright. “We want to test different soybean seed lots under different storage environments and see if/why quality declines and determine the value of different seed treatments and coatings on soybean planting seed quality and performance. Finally, we’re going to evaluate different types of soybeans for genetic improvement of seed quality.”

ASA partners with PHC to sponsor a ‘Satisfaction Guarantee’ program
Plant Health Care, Inc. (PHC) and the American Soybean Association (ASA) have announced that the 2008 growing season “N-Hibit Seed Treatment Satisfaction Guarantee” program was a success.

“ASA partnered with PHC on the project because part of our mission is to help identify new ways for ASA members to maximize soybean yield and profitability,” says ASA President John Hoffman. “N-Hibit’s ability to reduce soybean cyst nematode (SCN) damage and boost overall plant health is consistent with that mission, so ASA worked with PHC to make our members aware of the Satisfaction Guarantee program.”

“Once again, results with N-Hibit Seed Treatment have been positive,” says Rick Rice, PHC director of U.S. Sales and Marketing. Data in 2006 and 2007 showed an average yield gain of 7.2 percent, or 2.9 bushels per acre, with N-Hibit Gold CST over the untreated control. Results in 2008 were even better.

Rice also says, “We wanted growers to share our confidence, and the Satisfaction Guarantee program assured them of a full refund of the purchase price paid for N-Hibit if they weren’t fully satisfied with its performance on treated acreage. That confidence paid off, as less than three percent of the acreage treated with N-Hibit resulted in requests for refunds.

“With a better than 97 percent success rate and the relationships we’ve developed with the farmers who didn’t experience a yield gain, we couldn’t be more pleased.”

New fomesafen/glyphosate premix on soybeans headed for Section 3
Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. has announced a submission to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a federal Section 3 registration of a new herbicide for use on soybeans.

Flexstar GT applied post-emergence in glyphosate-tolerant soybeans will control more than 75 grass and broadleaf weeds, including several glyphosate- and ALS-resistant biotypes such as pigweed and ragweed.

“This new formulation helps to sustain glyphosate-tolerant technology with improved weed control and reduced crop injury,” says Rex Wichert, herbicide brand manager with Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc.

“By offering two distinct modes of action, Flexstar GT will help to control weeds that have developed or are likely to develop resistance to glyphosate and/or ALS-inhibitors.”

Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. plans to have Flexstar GT available for the 2009 selling season, pending federal and state registration.

Mississippi Farm Bureau applauds progress of eminent domain bills
Two bills designed to protect the rights of landowners from eminent domain proceedings are working their way through the Mississippi Legislature. Senate Bill 2230 and House Bill 803 prevent land from being taken from landowners for economic development purposes.

The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation has long supported the rights of private property owners and has endorsed this bill as a means of ensuring those rights.

Farm Bureau President David Waide says, “Protecting private property rights is a priority of Farm Bureau, and you can be assured that we will make every effort to strengthen our eminent domain law to protect private landowners.”

According to Farm Bureau, the property rights of every Mississippian are subject to abuse under our current eminent domain law due to the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Kelo vs. the City of New London.

The Supreme Court ruled in that decision that the city of New London, Conn., could take, through eminent domain proceedings, the private property of an individual for the sole purpose of economic development – in this case, building a shopping mall. The worst part is that after displacing 78 families, four years and 78 million taxpayer dollars later, the property sits vacant.

Traditionally, eminent domain has been used to secure land for highways, utilities and other public uses. Farm Bureau supports this as true public use.

“The Kelo ruling means that all private land can be taken and given to another private party just because that private party wants to be able to make more money, and the government wants to generate more tax revenue,” Waide says. “We don’t think that’s fair, and we don’t think that’s what was intended by our founding fathers.”

Since the Court’s decision in 2005, 42 states, including Connecticut, have passed laws designed to negate the Kelo decision. Mississippi is one of only eight states that has failed to pass a single bill improving landowners’ rights to own property.

Electric row clutch for row-crop planters
Ag Leader Technology, Inc., has introduced the patent-pending SureStop electric row clutch for row-crop planters. SureStop clutches, the latest component of Ag Leader’s SeedCommand system, provide growers with a low-maintenance, user-friendly solution to reduce seed costs and increase yield potential.

Using GPS, the SeedCommand system communicates with SureStop clutches to turn planter sections on/off based on field maps and already-planted areas. The clutch starts/stops seed flow by temporarily disengaging the seed meter, eliminating double-planted areas as well as the need to slow down to raise/lower the planter at end rows.

SureStop clutches, designed for chain drive seed meters, install on the inside of the row unit between the seed meter and the drill shaft sprocket. Installation is quicker and easier than clutches that require drill shaft removal and an air compressor and tank. Availability for Ag Leader’s SureStop clutches will be limited through select dealers for the 2009 growing season. Full production is expected to begin in June 2009. For more information, visit

Used equipment Web site
John Deere announces that it has redesigned its Web site ( The re-vamped MachineFinder used equipment Web site features an enhanced search and browsing system, built-in shipping integration and the ability to save searches. The changes make it easier to find and review pre-owned agricultural, construction, forestry, commercial and residential equipment from authorized dealers.
The redesigned MachineFinder includes Google Maps to view equipment location and obtain one-step driving directions, detailed gallery views for higher quality equipment photos and comprehensive equipment information.

Another feature is integration with (, an online shipping marketplace with a network of specialized tractor and heavy equipment haulers. The uShip integration on MachineFinder provides customers with the ability to obtain immediate shipping cost estimates and receive competitive bids for transporting equipment purchased through MachineFinder.

LACA honors LSU AgCenter employees
The Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association (LACA) honored two LSU AgCenter employees at the LACA convention that was held in February. Miles Brashier was awarded the state organization’s County Agent Award, and Dr. Roger Leonard was chosen for the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Fame.

Denise Wright, director of LACA, said selections for the county agent award and hall of fame are not made every year.

“We do it when someone is deserving of it,” she says.

Brashier, who serves as county agent and parish chair in Pointe Coupee Parish, works with grain crops, commercial horticulture and cotton and helps individuals with lawns and gardens. In addition, he works with Master Gardeners and is on the parish mosquito control program.

Leonard – the Jack Hamilton Chair of Cotton Production at the LSU AgCenter’s Macon Ridge Research Station – who completed his doctoral studies in entomology in 1990 from LSU was recently named LSU AgCenter’s interim cotton entomology specialist.

More FarmPRO GPS systems

AutoFarm has released an extensive list of new tractors now supported by both hydraulic steering and steer-by-wire kits for FarmPRO. Tractors that can now interface with the FarmPRO GPS system include:

• John Deere AutoTrac Ready Front Wheel Steered Tractors.
• John Deere Tracked Tractors.
• John Deere AutoTrac Ready Articulated Tractors.
• Challenger MT Tracked Tractors.
• CNH AccuGuide IntelliSteer Ready Front Wheel Steered Tractors.

Installation kits for the FarmPRO GPS Steering and Applica-tion System are now qualified on more than 220 makes and models of tractors, sprayers, spreaders and even combines.

The FarmPRO system combines industry-leading sub-inch accurate RTKAuto-Steer from AutoFarm with the Viper PRO state-of-the-art display and control system from Raven Industries.

A feature-rich steering and application control system is at the operator’s finger tip via a single, large-screen display.

To learn more, visit or call (877) 947-7327.

Insecticide launch

Late last summer, Syngenta crop Protection announced that the EPA had issued a Section 3 registration for the use of Endigo insecticide on soybeans.

Endigo protects against soybean foliar insect pests that damage the crop during reproductive growth stages. These pests include soybean aphid, bean leaf beetle, Japanese beetle, grasshoppers, worms and stink bugs.

Syngenta has planned a limited launch for 2009, with a full launch of Endigo anticipated for 2010 to allow for adequate market supply.