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New Products

New Herbicide Option Summit Agro USA recently announced the launch of Shieldex 400SC corn herbicide, a new post-emergent HPPD chemistry that is safe and effective for use in all types of corn. Shieldex 400SC controls a wide range of broadleaf and grass weeds, including troublesome weeds such as tall waterhemp, Palmer amaranth, giant ragweed and giant foxtail. The unique HPPD ... Read More »

Planting Tips

Planning for 2018 As you study field notes from last season and prepare for corn planting in 2018, the following information on burndown, nematodes and root limiting soil conditions may also be beneficial in maximizing crop potential. Burndown Considerations When burning down fields near planting, herbicide selection and rate and spray coverage are very important to ensure complete control. If ... Read More »

Market Factors

In his most recent Market Grain Outlook, Mark Welch, Texas A&M agricultural Extension economist, says The Office of the Chief Economist at USDA estimates that for corn, the projection is for planted acres of 91.0 million next year, up from 90.4 in 2017. Welch went on to say the following: The yield estimate is 173.5 bushels per acre. This would ... Read More »

Need Strong Usage, Export Markets

Amanda Huber, Editor

This was another year of record crop production in corn. But as usual, a big crop means that producers can expect lower prices the next year. That is the message from ag economists across the country, including Clemson agricultural economists Nathan Smith and Scott Mickey. At the recent 2018 Ag Outlook Conference, Smith said, “Prices have dropped because of a ... Read More »

2018 Corn Hybrids

corn hybrids

Corn South presents a partial listing of corn hybrids suited for the Southern growing region. For a more complete listing, contact your seed representative. DEKALB DKC62-08 brand (112 RM) • Versatile with top-end yield potential • Very good stalks, roots and drought tolerance • Nice drydown and test weight • Proven performer DKC64-35 brand (114 RM) • Disease Shield with ... Read More »

Market Factors

corn hybrids

Market Overview: Corn stocks at 2.29 billion bushels Farm-stored stocks up 25 percent from a year earlier Off-farm stocks up 36 percent from a year ago China announces plan to blend 10 percent ethanol into fuel supply As corn harvest winds down, Mark Welch, Texas A&M Ag Extension economist offered this October Market Grain Outlook report. Grain Stocks The Grain ... Read More »

China’s Bold Move

corn hybrids

Whenever a country with 20 percent of the world’s population makes a policy decision, the rest of the world takes notice. Recently, China announced plans to blend 10 percent ethanol into the nation’s fuel supply. According to Mark Welch, Texas A&M Ag Extension economist, this would mean that about 4 billion gallons of ethanol would be needed to achieve the ... Read More »

Disease Watch:

bacterial leaf streak on corn plants

Bacterial Leaf Streak Bacterial leaf streak, caused by Xanthomonas vasicola pv. vasculorum (synonym X. campestris pv. zeae), was confirmed for the first time in the United States in many counties across Nebraska in 2016, and it was also confirmed in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa and Kansas. As yet, it has not been found in the Delta region or the Southeast; however, ... Read More »

Market Factors

corn

Mark Welch, Texas A&M ag Extension economist says in his mid-January Market Grain Outlook, that USDA has made only minor changes to the U.S. and world corn supply and demand balance sheets in their first World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates for 2017. His market report continued as follows: Overall production was lowered 78 million bushels on lower yields, but ... Read More »

One Gutsy Extension Agent

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Summer gardens here on the farm have rows as long as some of your corn rows, if not longer. Peas from A to Z, (White) Acres to Zippers, are planted and the bounty fills the freezers of many families, including mine. Because of the size of this garden, it tends to be moved around a lot from the edges of ... Read More »