The US Supreme Court has weighed in on a case that pitted an Indiana farmer against a giant chemical company. CBS News Correspondent Barry Bagnato says the case was a major test of patent law protection for agricultural products…
“Monsanto praises the unanimous decision saying it protects investments in innovation. The company sued an Indiana farmer accusing him of bypassing its patents for bioengineered weed resistance by buying cheaper soybeans seeds from a grain elevator and then using harvested seeds for subsequent plantings.
‘The court has been asked to get more involved in these cases and this is a definitive ruling in favor of the patent.’”
Nitrogen Application Methods Important
Farmers have encountered extreme differences in precipitation during the past year – from battling the drought last fall to currently navigating heavy spring rains and May snow. Many fields are still wet – according to Farmer’s Pride Agronomist Bob Pollack. He says farmers welcomed the rain – since fields were extremely dry coming out of the Winter – but wet fields have delayed planting and spring fertilizer applications. Pollack says very little anhydrous ammonia has been applied – so growers are moving toward more dry and liquid forms of Nitrogen…
“With the recent wet conditions, an untreated nitrogen can be lost through volatilization if put on the wet soil. And also through leaching and denitrification once it gets into the soil. If the nitrogen is put on untreated onto a wet field with a lot of last years trash, it can lose up to 35% of the nitrogen.”
As farmers apply fertilizer – Pollack says they can protect the Nitrogen by using a nitrogen stabilizer.
“That helps to protect it from the volatilization. If they do wait for side dress, it will also help to protect it from the volatility of laying on the surface.”
Pollack says the most important thing for farmers right now is to get seed in the ground and then apply Nitrogen along with a stabilizer to protect their investment and safeguard their crop’s health and yields.
Insects are an Under-Utilized Food Source
The UN thinks people should be eating more bugs. The Food and Agriculture orgainizaion is releasing a report saying that insects are an under-utilized food source that is good for people, livestock and pets.. FAO spokesperson Eva Muller says creepy crawlers are already being bought and sold as food in Africa, Latin America and Europe.
“Two billion people in the world, one third of the world’s population, are already eating insects because they are delicious and nutritious.”