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February 2009

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: Knock Out Nematode

University of Georgia nematicide trial shows promise for corn growers. Results from a recent corn trial in Georgia comparing three nematicide fumigants and a nematicide seed treatment could have a significant impact on the corn production landscape in 2009. Telone II soil fumigant from Dow AgroSciences demonstrated superiority in controlling nematodes in a heavily infested field. Corn treated with Telone yielded ... Read More »

Production: Manage Fertility

Correct application of nutrients is essential for healthy, high-yielding corn. By Pawel Wiatrak and Jim Camberato EDITOR’S NOTE: Following are highlights from the Soil Sampling Management and Fertility Management section of the South Carolina Corn Production Guide. To view the entire text and additional tables showing recommended rates of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus for corn grain and corn silage based ... Read More »

Industry News

Used Equipment Web Site John Deere announces that it has overhauled and redesigned its Web site (www.MachineFinder.com). The re-vamped MachineFinder used equipment Web site features an enhanced search and browsing system, built-in shipping integration and the ability to save searches. The changes make it easier to find and review pre-owned ag, construction, forestry, commercial and residential equipment from authorized dealers. ... Read More »

Marketing: Decisive Marketing

What do market signals suggest about planting more corn or more soybeans in ’09? By Melvin Brees Should farmers plant more corn or soybeans in 2009? Most Corn Belt farmers, of course, will plant both crops for a variety of reasons (to spread production risk, maintain crop rotations, fertilizer already applied, etc.). However, prices often provide market signals that encourage ... Read More »

Production: Extreme Planting

Louisiana farmer experiments with late July-planted corn after milo By Carroll Smith This is not a “how-to-grow-corn” article but rather a look at one farmer’s experiment with out-of-the-box thinking to try to find a way to get more units of production from an acre of land. Last year, Jay Hardwick, who operates a diversified farm near Newellton, La., decided to ... Read More »

Special Report: D.C. Update

Agricultural Leaders In The Obama Cabinet Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, 58, former governor of Iowa, served as governor from 1999 until 2006 and was a promoter of “value-added agriculture,” promoting ethanol from agricultural products plus biotech seeds to expand yields and production in corn and soybeans. He advocated agri-tourism as a way to keep the state from losing youth ... Read More »

Editor’s Note: The Planning Season

By Carroll Smith Editor Football season, hunting season, tax season. There really is a season for everything. For farmers, winter time is the planning season. This year, one of the top priorities for Southern producers is trying to determine what their crop mix will be and how much acreage will be planted to each commodity – corn, soybeans, cotton, peanuts, ... Read More »

Production: Stand Tall

By Angela Thompson McClure Although seed genetics can dictate yield, a poorly planted seed never reaches its yield potential. Favorable weather plays an important role in stand quality, but producers can save money on replant costs by managing factors that can be controlled, such as field selection and planting time, seedbed preparation, seeding rate, planter settings and insect management. Selecting ... Read More »

Decisive Marketing

What do market signals suggest about planting more corn or more soybeans in ’09? By Melvin Brees Should farmers plant more corn or soybeans in 2009? Most Corn Belt farmers, of course, will plant both crops for a variety of reasons (to spread production risk, maintain crop rotations, fertilizer already applied, etc.). However, prices often provide market signals that encourage ... Read More »