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ISSUE DATE: 01/18/2010

Scientific evidence is at the heart of atrazine debate

By Jennifer M. Latzke

In the 1950s scientists from a small chemical company discovered a class of herbicides-called triazines-that effectively controlled a list of broadleaf weeds that had plagued farmers for years. In 1958, that company, which would later be known as Syngenta, registered atrazine. Today, more than 45 pre-mix products contain atrazine, and it is used in more than 60 countries around the world as a critical component in conservation tillage systems.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates 76.4 million pounds of atrazine are applied each year. Of that, 86 percent is used on corn acres, 10 percent on sorghum, and 3 percent on sugarcane. Three-quarters of all field corn acreage in the United States, according to the EPA, is treated with atrazine. In fact, the EPA estimates without the use of atrazine, corn growers would incur a loss of about 9 bushels per acre, plus the cost of a replacement herbicide. This would amount to a loss of about $28 per acre, or $1.6 billion of lost revenue each year, nationwide.

In 50 years of evaluation and scientific peer review, atrazine has consistently been found to be a safe chemical for use in no-till and conservation tillage farming practices.


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"John Wayne with a law degree"
18th Annual New Mexico Ag Expo chair chosen
AAW concerned about estate tax legislation
ARS plant collections help safeguard crops
Biotech advance may yield genetically sterile screwworms
Bosque County agent receives Texas AgriLife Extension Service award
Cuphea does wonders for wheat and corn in rotations
Farm Bureau urges timely disaster payments for 2009 crops
FB delegates send strong climate message
Hamilton County agent receives Texas AgriLife Extension Service award
New Mexico Ag Expo valuable to local ag industry
Obama envoys head to Afghanistan to tout ag reform
Overseas collections play important role in controlling invasive species
Positive signs ahead for financial markets
Ritter seeks fed assistance for drought
RMFU cheers completion of disaster relief coverage
Roundworm repository contributes to agricultural well-being
Students bring agriculture to life
Texas receives $3 million for broadband mapping and planning
USDA to measure the financial health of the ag industry
Women invited to join innovative ag group

CROPS

AgriLife Researcher studies chemical control of potato psyllid
ARS nursery in Mexico plays key role in cotton breeding
Brownback, Jenkins, Schmidt give policy update at Kansas Soybean Expo
Checkoff study looks at railroad rates for soy
Corn Stalk Grazing Calculator available online
Cover crops protect, improve soil
Crop insurance, risk management decisions affect profits
Crop rotations may help carbon footprint
Ethanol: A piece of the puzzle for energy needs
Everybody wins when farmers keep score on sustainability
Feed grain marketing plan seminar scheduled for Jan. 19, 20
Fungus-on-fungus fight could benefit chickpeas
Genes for drought-tolerance, aflatoxin may mingle to boost corn production
Grants available for Colorado specialty crops
Hardwick sees excellent prospects for U.S. cotton
Healthy sunflower oil
High Plains No Till Conference features outstanding sessions
Kansas policy specialist named new NAWG CEO
K-State agronomist discusses vertical tillage--what it is and how it works
Missouri soybean and corn production increase, hay declines
NCGA announces National Corn Yield Contest winners
NCTO says duty-free access to Cambodia damages textiles
New peas unfazed by viral bully
Newest Arkansas winery carries on family tradition
Overseas opportunity for college ag students announced by USGC
Planning for the new year
Precision agriculture moves farming forward
Scientific evidence is at the heart of atrazine debate
Spatial variability in soils topic of Jan. 29 Workshop
Sub-freezing temps will send winter wheat into dormancy
U.S. grain yield, production estimated at record levels for 2009
U.S. soybean exports do it again; 2009-10 marketing year could be different
USDA says Florida, Missouri 2009 cotton crop may be stored outside
What every farmer should know about selling grain in Texas

LIVESTOCK

15-year-old Wisconsin cheddar sells for $50 per pound
2010 National Beef Ambassadors attend Certified Angus Beef Building Blocks for Success seminar
A lot of little things done well for Nebraska cattle company
American Angus Association honors Angus breeders
American Hereford Association launches new website
Annual Wyoming Day at National Western to be held Jan. 23
Beef Basics II course now being offered to beef producers
Beef checkoff works to publish the positive about beef
Beef mini-course workshops help participants improve beef quality, consistency and value
Beef production workshops planned
Bill backs horse packing plants
Bill would rewrite livestock-cruelty rules
CAB partners with famed New York chef
Cattleman's Day and Trade Show Jan. 25 in Minden
Cattlemen to discuss outlook, issues
Central Texas Beef Cattle Clinic set Jan. 19
Cold weather is hard on cattle, ranchers
Composite seedstock can simplify crossbreeding
Dairy producers will hear of price upturn; profit seminars set at 5 towns across state
Goat producers need extra vigilance of stock during sub-freezing temps
Livestock outlook in 2010: Optimism tempered with caution
MCHF to hold Fourth Annual Trustee's Gathering, business meeting and benefit in Lewistown
MSU Extension, MSGA announce 2009 Steer of Merit certifications
NDA working with officials on bovine TB case
Professional bull riders, Darryl Worley to perform at cattle industry convention
Profit tips: Manage animals' body condition by timing weaning
Research shows beef quality benefit to modest use of distillers grain byproducts
Sandhills Cattle Association Ranch Tour planned for Jan. 23
Snowstorms, high winds, low temperatures can cause cattle production loss
Third annual Cattlemen's Day set at GSL
Trial to begin for Nebraska rancher accused of cruelty
Two calving seasons has 'pros and cons' for producers
US: Beef ban will not hurt security ties
USDA livestock disaster payments exceed $175 million
USTR, USDA comment on Taiwan's beef restrictions

EDITOR

Agriculture is up to the task
Climate, carbon stories concern reader
Taiwan's about-face
Too busy to succeed

COLUMNS

Choosing up sides
Farm Bureau President: No more Mr. Nice Guy
Get past the fear
Growers can control pump, center pivot irrigation
Just a scoop full
Keeping diesel engines on the go
Livestock tracking software introduced
Natural horse feed supplement supports health
New combination trailer debuts
Polymer crystal help poor soils
Poor, but proud
Seed treatment receives approval for cereals
Texas Battery announces new product lines

MARKETS

Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle report
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle sale
Dodge City cattle sales report
Ericson livestock sales report
Faith livestock sales report
Grain market close
Grain, soybean bids lower
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Huron cattle sales report
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington cattle sales report
McAlester livestock market report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock sales report
Salina livestock sales report
Some hay sales trending steady to firm
Springfield livestock sales report
St. Onge livestock sales
Tulia livestock sales report
Tulsa livestock sales report
Watertown cattle sales report
West Plains regional cattle sales
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Hay producers sought for state directory

FAMILY

A land of mystery and fine wines
Benefits of youth gardening focus of symposium
Cold weather calls for specific coping skills
Five new plants make the Oklahoma Proven List
From Wild West to modern rodeo, the look is new
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Helpful household tips
Hints, tips and stuffing
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Meditation for 1-18-10
Miles recognized for support of on-campus wildlife, fisheries sciences
New credit card rules coming in February
Potatoes take center stage
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Third annual Distinguished Quail Lectureship fast approaches
This year increase your business' bottom line
UW extension offers gardener classes in Cody, Powell
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