June 29, 2016

Bayer To Host Local Show Case Plot Tours

Bayer-Showcase-Plot-Tours-2016-LogoGrowers around the country are invited to visit a local Showcase Days event and learn about the most recent advances in managing weed resistance; sudden death syndrome in soybeans; nematode pressure; and other agronomic challenges. The events will also feature seed traits, varieties and hybrids.

Showcase Days consists of a series of events scheduled in fields around the country, tailored to provide growers with solutions for their agronomic challenges. Sponsored by Bayer, specialists and local agronomists will be on site to discuss problems and provide solutions, specific to local growers’ fields, soil profiles and environmental conditions.

“Growers have a lot of information to absorb every year, as they plan for the next season,” said Bayer Marketing Manager, Malin Westfall. “These Bayer Showcase Days help growers wade through a lot of that information in a concise way. We invite growers to visit us, see products at work and get honest answers to their questions.”

These events run from July through September and demonstrate the success of various Bayer products used on corn, soybeans, cereals, canola and cotton crops. Growers can register for their local Showcase Days event at www.showcaseplottours.bayer.us. This site also includes information for locations and events.

Attendees can also enter the Real Yield Sweepstakes onsite for a chance to win prizes like a 500 acre field of LibertyLink for soybeans.

2016 Showcase Day Locations:
-Sabin, MN — July 12 (soybeans, corn, cereal crops)
-Brookings/Volga, SD — August 10 (soybeans, corn, cereal crops)

Bayer is committed to bringing new technology and solutions for agriculture and non-agricultural uses. For questions concerning the availability and use of products, contact a local Bayer representative, or visit Crop Science, a division of Bayer, online at www.cropscience.bayer.us.


Cost of 4th of July Picnic Remains Below $6.00 per Person

fireworksAmerica’s favorite Fourth of July cookout foods include hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, baked beans, potato salad, and milk, which will all cost a little more this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. However, the cost to feed a group of ten people comes in at $56.06, which is less than $6 per person.

Although the cost is up slightly at less than one percent, the Farm Bureau notes that prices at the meat case are looking better for consumers. Beef prices are lower thanks to rising cattle inventory and production numbers from lows of a couple of years ago. They also say pork production continues to grow and is at its highest level in 25 years. Watermelon is another favorite on the Fourth and prices will be slightly higher. Shipments of watermelons are down 8 percent from a year ago.


GMO Labeling Bill Opponents Begin To Make Their Case – AUDIO

Now that Senate negotiators have finalized the text of a GMO labeling bill, efforts now turn to getting the bill through Capitol Hill’s upper chamber. But opponents to the measure are also digging in their heels to try and stop any progress it might make.

Senate Agriculture Committee chair and Kansas Republican Pat Roberts said on Tuesday that he’s still holding out hope for a vote this week. He added that he’s still gathering support, but he thinks the bill has the necessary 60 votes.

Two Senators who almost certainly will not be voting in favor took to the Senate floor on Tuesday to express their displeasure with the agreement. Vermont Democrat and former Senate ag committee chair Patrick Leahy said he doesn’t think the bill goes far enough…tape

Leahy GMO 1

The bill would allow for disclosure with QR codes, a website, or a phone number rather than the on-package labeling required by the Vermont GMO labeling bill. Leahy says he can’t get behind the bill in its current form…

Leahy GMO 2


Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley said the method of disclosure will put the burden on the consumer…tape

Merkley GMO

Advocates for the bill are hoping to get a vote on it this week. That would allow the House to quickly take the measure up when they return in July.

Vermont’s GMO labeling law is set to go into effect on Friday.