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EPA registers Acuron GT herbicide for glyphosate-tolerant corn

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The Environmental Protection Agency recently registered Syngenta’s Acuron GT, a post-emergence herbicide for use on glyphosate-tolerant corn. State registrations are pending. Acuron GT combines the active ingredients in Halex GT corn herbicide — glyphosate, mesotrione and S-metolachlor — with the active ingredient bicyclopyrone added. This helps helps Acuron GT provide enhanced post-emergence control of yield-robbing weeds and longer-lasting residual in ... Read More »

Freeze injury, low-temperature stress and chill injury in corn and sorghum

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• By Ronnie Schnell • Recent cold weather has affected newly planted, emerging or emerged corn or sorghum throughout south and central Texas. Corn and sorghum will experience similar types of injury although tolerance to low temperatures does differ between the crops to some degree. Sorghum generally requires warmer soil temperatures. Three types of injury may be observed, depending on ... Read More »

Evaluating Controlled-Release Fertilizer

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Corn is an important crop for Florida’s agriculture industry with nearly 100,000 acres annually. Producers, Extension agents and researchers are studying corn nitrogen fertilization programs and methods to improve fertilizer uptake efficiency, to increase profitability and to reduce impacts to water resources. Why Controlled Release? Projects on controlled-release sources of nitrogen in corn, watermelons and carrots are ongoing at the ... Read More »

Promote Growth And Productivity With Starter Fertilizer

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Starter fertilizers are often part of a successful nutrient management strategy. As with any fertility program, implementation of starters requires attention to detail. Avoid Fertilizer Burn Fertilizer burn may occur when fertilizers are applied with or near seed at planting. Many fertilizers are salts that dissolve into the respective ions in the soil water when applied. Think of table salt, ... Read More »

Economic Outlook: 2021 Corn Market Forecast

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At the University of Georgia’s Ag Forecast, Extension economist Amanda Smith offered the peanut, corn and soybean update. The following is what she says about the corn market. “The United States planted 90.8 million acres in 2020 and is projected to have harvested 82.5 million acres, which is slightly more than what was planted and harvested in 2019. The U.S. ... Read More »

A Reason To Try New Things

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The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture has demonstrated water management practices on cooperator farms for five years. The Arkansas irrigation yield contest tests the knowledge and ability of growers to produce the “Most Crop Per Drop.” Together, these efforts have shown that when applied effectively, water use can be reduced by 24% on average with no yield penalty. Chad ... Read More »

Arkansas’ deep freeze may have knocked insects down but not out

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• By Mary Hightower • A week of record-low temperatures may leave its mark on Arkansas’ fire ant populations, but don’t look for the cold to have reduced fly or tick numbers, Kelly Loftin, Extension entomologist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said Friday. In general, Loftin said that “insects that are endemic to our region have ... Read More »

Manage weeds before planting corn

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• By Daniel Stephenson •  Managing weeds in corn can be divided into three phases: preplant, in-crop and post-harvest, but I’ll save the post-harvest phase until later in the year. Preplant is otherwise known as burndown. We suggested applying a burndown herbicide four to six weeks prior to planting. Typically, glyphosate at 1 to 1.25 lb ae/A is the first ... Read More »

Feb. 18 webinar focuses on corn rootworm-killing nematodes

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Insect-killing nematodes that are safe for plants but deadly to corn rootworm larvae will be the topic of a one-hour Zoom meeting starting at 9:30 a.m. CST Feb. 18 and hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Those planning to attend should preregister to receive a link to the meeting. Dr. Elson Shields, a Cornell University entomologist responsible developing ... Read More »

Texas A&M to host hands-on soil fertility lab series

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Producers in the Hutchinson County area will have a unique opportunity to attend a limited-seating Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrient Management Hands-On Lab Series hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Feb. 16, March 2 and March 4. The meetings will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 16 and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 2 and March 4 at ... Read More »