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The University of Wisconsin's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program announced the launch of the IPM Toolkit Version 1.0, available for free in the iTunes app store.

The first generation app makes mobile many of the great tools available through the Integrated Pest and Crop Management website, which was updated recently.

Recognizing the need to access data at different times and from any location, the IPM Toolkit was developed to run on mobile devices, enabling users to stay up-to-date as items get posted on the Internet throughout the growing season.

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FMC Corporation announced its “Stand and Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest,” an opportunity for students in agriculture to showcase their patriotic singing skills for a chance to win scholarship prizes.

Any member of a national agricultural student organization is invited to submit an audition video singing the national anthem. Participants may submit their entries online until June 15.

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tx_agrilife_weathertx_agrilife_weatherMtx_agrilife_weatherore rain came to most of Texas, improving drought-damaged pastures and rangeland, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.

The rains greatly improved the agricultural situation, according to weekly reports, but many ranchers were still feeding hay, though the green-up allowed them to cut back. The warmer-than-normal weather and moisture also brought on weed growth in pastures, particularly those pastures damaged by last year’s drought.

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The Mosaic Nutrient Removal data app has been selected by CropLife magazine as one of the 10 best apps for agriculture. More than 4,000 farmers have discovered this tool, which provides nutrient removal data by yield for 36 different crops.

Results can be stored as a profile and emailed to contacts for use in input planning. Developed for growers using years of accumulated nutrient removal research, the free app is designed to help farmers put the data to work to produce higher yields.

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A new model predicts that atrazine, plus its breakdown product deethylatrazine, has less than a 10 percent chance of exceeding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) standard for public drinking-water supplies in shallow groundwater in about 95 percent of the nation’s agricultural areas.

Atrazine is a commonly used herbicide for weed control in corn and sorghum production.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) director Marcia McNutt said, “With the intensive, widespread use of the herbicide atrazine in agricultural production, some communities will need to carefully monitor the risk to groundwater and human health from this contaminant and its residues.

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