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UT releases results of 2020 corn hybrid tests in Tennessee

UT corn hybrid trials

All corn hybrid trials were conducted in each of the physiographic regions of the state. Tests were conducted at the Highland Rim (Springfield), East Tennessee (Knoxville), Milan (Milan) and West Tennessee (Jackson) AgResearch and Education Centers. The early and medium-season tests were also planted at the Agricenter International Research Center in Memphis. Duplicate plantings of the early, medium- and full-season ... Read More »

Precision Planting launches 2 seed placement technologies

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Precision Planting LLC has introduced two seed placement optimization technologies that provide growers with greater seed placement precision, improved crop emergence and stand uniformity, and increased yield potential —all from the comfort of their tractor cab. The new SmartDepth technology uses a proprietary calibration process to ensure  every row unit is planting at the same depth, removing row-to-row variability, according ... Read More »

Crops face danger of BMSB damage

brown marmorated stink bug

A flurry of calls and emails from homeowners about the brown marmorated stink bug to University of Missouri Extension specialists sounds a warning of what is to come in in the next two years. MU Extension field crop entomologist Kevin Rice says BMSB is infiltrating homes, looking for warm quarters as winter approaches. If it follows the pattern of other ... Read More »

Mississippi State issues corn hybrid trial results, recommended 2021 hybrids

corn hybrids

Mississippi State University annually conducts Corn for Grain Hybrid Trials which are an extremely valuable resource for you to help select corn hybrids for your farm – MAFES Corn Hybrid Trials. These hybrid trials are typically grown in eight or more locations representing different growing regions, cropping systems and soil types in our state. The primary benefit of this program ... Read More »

2021 Corn Hybrids

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DEKALB DKC62-05 Brand (112RM) DKC62-08 Brand (112RM) • Versatile product with top-end yield potential • Very good stalks, roots and drought tolerance • Nice dry down and test weight • Proven performer and adapted to most acres • DKC62-05 Brand is a great refuge option DKC63-57 Brand (113RM) • Broadly adapted with strong yields across environments • Has shown excellent ... Read More »

A look at the market

texas corn harvest

The U.S. Department of Agriculture revised the corn production forecast after the devastating derecho storm across Midwest. Corn production for grain is now estimated at 14.9 billion bushels, down 2% from the previous forecast, but still up 9% from 2019. Yields are expected to average a record 178.5 bushels per harvested acre, down 3.3 bushels from the previous forecast, but ... Read More »

That’s a big, big boat

Amanda Huber, Editor

Savannah, Georgia, is one of my favorite places to visit. Besides the city’s storied history and picturesque riverfront, the Savannah port has quietly become one of the largest on the Eastern Seaboard. According to the Georgia Ports Authority, Savannah now features 74.4 million square feet of industrial space covering 1,345 acres with 36 ship-to-shore cranes. The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project ... Read More »

EPA registers low-use-rate insecticide from FMC

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently registered Vantacor insect control from FMC Corp. for use on an array of crops including soybeans, corn, cotton, peanuts, potatoes, sweet corn, sugarcane and onions. Vantacor is a highly concentrated formulation of Rynaxypyr branded active, which offers long residual control of Lepidopteran pests. The actual active ingredient is chlorantraniliprole, an Insect Resistance Action Committee ... Read More »

Researchers look at yield impact of early season weeds

early season weeds

As the 2020 corn-growing season draws to a close, Syngenta engaged university agricultural researchers from across the United States to analyze the agronomic challenges farmers encountered this season and offer tips on how they can best control weeds and preserve yields heading into 2021. Although weed pressures vary by geography, weed management fundamentals remain consistent throughout the United States. Researchers ... Read More »

MSU’s 2020 Row Crop Short Course falls victim to COVID-19

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It is with great regret that we have cancelled the 2020 Row Crop Short Course at Mississippi State University. Due to the global pandemic, we see no viable way to conduct this event. Our team did not make this decision lightly and waited as late as possible before doing so. We are still operating under conditions that limit the number ... Read More »