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Corn Hybrids: Southern Lineup for 2016

Learn more about the new lineups of hybrids from: AgVenture Midsouth Dulaney Seed, AgVenture North Carolina/East Tennessee Coldwater Creek Seeds, Dekalb, Mycogen Seeds, NK Seeds, Pioneer, and Terral Read More »

A Look at the Numbers

Because I am an editor, it is likely no surprise that I am not a numbers person. Adding more than a few numbers together is a challenge, and subtraction always requires a calculator. It’s sad and funny all at the same time. Thank goodness there are plenty of numbers people around, and I can appreciate the love they have for crunching those numbers, even if I don’t fully understand it. The USDA has a whole department reserved for numbers people – The National Ag Statistics Service. While looking for the crop production report today, I came across an interesting report on Internet access on U.S. farms, which I thought I would share here. USDA found that 70 percent of U.S. farms and ranches now have access to the Internet. According to the report, 43 percent of U.S. farms use computers for their business operations. Crop growers, at 47 percent, are more likely than livestock producers to use computers for business. In the livestock sector, 39 percent of producers use computers for business. Read More »

Steps To Successful Grain Storage

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Stored grains can be heavily damaged by insects if they are not properly conditioned and protected. Small grains, including wheat, are harvested in spring and stored through the hottest and most humid months of the year. Reducing the likelihood of insect problems in stored grain begins with cleaning equipment that will be used to harvest, handle and store the grain. ... Read More »

Keep Weevils Away

Maize weevils can destroy stored corn crops from the inside out. For Georgia corn producers, chances of an insect infestation in grain storage are much higher in late summer or early fall. A University of Georgia (UGA) entomologist says keeping corn cool and dry is the key to keeping weevils away. “The temperatures are usually warm during harvest, so we ... Read More »

Control Weeds Prior To Planting: Burndown Timing and Options

As fields begin to dry and the extended forecast predicts better conditions for weed management strategies, burndown applications will be going out. Research has shown that burndown applications need to be applied four to six weeks prior to planting to prevent physical competition between weeds and the crop as well as to reduce the chance of damage from insects such ... Read More »

Market Outlook: Tips to Increase Efficiency and Profitability

Editor’s Note: Reports in this month’s Corn South Market Outlook are from Mark Welch, Texas AgriLife Extension economist, with Regional agronomist, Brandon A. Dillard, of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, offering four points to help producers increase efficiency and profitability in 2015. The opinions and recommendations expressed are solely those of the authors and are intended for educational purposes only. ... Read More »

The Only Constant Is Change

Amanda Huber, Editor

I read a quote that describes the business of farming: “It’s funny how day by day, nothing changes. But when you look back, everything is different.” Year by year, you seem to do pretty much the same thing – acreage and crops may change with rotations, weather is always a questionable factor and farm policy changes every few years. Otherwise, ... Read More »

Don’t Fail to Plan

For 2015, work to protect yields and find ways to be strategic. How will 2014 shape the 2015 season, and why was there such a price drop for corn this year? The truth is that prices were unusually high from 2011 to 2013 for several reasons: increasing ethanol production, strong imports from China and a severe U.S. drought in 2012. ... Read More »

Fertility Management

Soil fertility levels, yield goals, weather and placement all play a part in nutrient uptake. Producers understand the judicious use of fertilizer. Too much or too little can have catastrophic effects on the crop and on the wallet as well. Fertilizer recommendations depend on the soil fertility level as determined by soil tests and the yield goal, but keep in ... Read More »

More Meat in the Dumplings

People are moving from the farm to better-paying jobs in the cities. The tightening of the rural labor market is shifting traditional backyard farming operations into larger-scale systems. Why is this move newsworthy? Because it is happening in China, the largest, most populated country in the world, and it could have very positive effects for the U.S. corn market. Fred ... Read More »