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Production: Market Signals

Missouri market analyst Melvin Brees on market signals and outlook. What are the markets going to do? The better questions to ask are: What are the markets telling us? And how do I use that along with market outlook information? The USDA’s Sept. 11, 2009 supply/demand estimates included record new crop corn yields leading to record large total corn supplies ... Read More »

Production: First Responders

Seed treatments help establish a stress-free crop during the critical early season period. By Carroll Smith Seed treatments are often the first line of defense between young corn seedlings and diseases and insects lurking out in the field hoping to catch the vulnerable plants without any protection. For this very reason, the use of seed treatments is pretty much standard ... Read More »

Fifty-three-year-old quote still rings true today

By Carroll Smith Editor In an address at Bradley Univer-sity in September 1956, former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower told the crowd, “Now tonight, my friends, I want to talk some facts to farm people,” although he made it clear that he was not addressing them as a group apart. He referenced “synthetic farmers behind Washington desks” who love to ... Read More »

Fertility: Meshing Old & New

For fertilizer efficiency, the new products and the old standbys complement one another. By Glen Harris When fertilizer prices reached an all-time record high, the market seemed to be flooded with new products designed to increase fertilizer efficiency. At the same time, there was a movement to get “back to the basics” and go with what we know works. In ... Read More »

Weed Control: Early Option

Fall/winter residual herbicide application affords many benefits. Wet conditions this spring caused many farmers delays during plant-ing. But muddy and flooded fields did not catch everyone off guard. Farmers who applied a residual herbicide in the fall had a head start on controlling weeds come spring. A fall application involves applying a pre-emerge herbicide, such as Valor or Envoke, from ... Read More »

Decisive Marketing

Many factors make grain marketing complicated and risky at this time. By Melvin Brees Will uptrending corn and soybean futures prices continue moving to new highs? Or are the markets heading toward a collapse, eventually setting new lows? There are market analysts predicting each of these extremes with plenty of analysts at various places somewhere in between. Strong demand, the ... Read More »

Fertility: Bumping Yields

University and farmer in-field trials test a soil-applied fertilizer and nutrient additive in a starter fertilizer program. In the hilly area of West Tennessee, growers mainly plant no-till corn to reduce erosion problems. Starter fertilizer generally works well with no-till corn production, according to Dr. Donald Howard, Professor Emeritus, University of Tennessee. “A greater response from starters is expected from ... Read More »

Insect Control: Earworms, Beware!

New technology broadens the insect spectrum to include corn earworms. By Carroll Smith The gently rolling hills and fertile creek and river bottoms of Henderson County, Tenn., form the backdrop for several successful grain farms. Stephens Farm is one of them. Gerald Stephens and his father, Wayne, are partners in a corn and soybean no-till rotation enterprise and also run ... Read More »

Editor’s Note: ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’

By Carroll Smith Editor Even if you are not a Rolling Stones’ fan, you’ll probably recognize “You can’t always get what you want” as the first line of the chorus in the group’s famous song from 1969. Since its inception, many people have adopted the lyric as a mantra of sorts for many different situations in life. Well, now it’s ... Read More »

Production: Hybrid Selection

Southern universities offer tips for choosing the corn hybrids that best fit your farm. As noted by the University of Florida (UF) Extension Service, “Growers have only one chance to make the right decision on the right corn hybrid to use each year.” Obviously, it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. Many variables come into play on each producer’s farm, often changing ... Read More »