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February 2010

Insect Control: Lessen Early Attack

Insects that live in the soil, including wireworms, white grubs, rootworms, seedcorn maggots, whitefringed beetle larvae, lesser cornstalk borer and others, can damage corn seeds and seedlings. These insects cannot be controlled once corn seed has been planted. Rotated, conventionally tilled corn with good weed control generally has the least risk of serious early season insect damage, although insect damage ... Read More »

Marketing: Hard To Predict

Will the year 2010 present the risk management challenges that 2009 did? So far, it looks like it could. In less than two weeks, March corn futures prices have ranged about $0.57. Although currently overshadowed by the supply/demand estimates, other factors also impact market uncertainty, volatility and risk. Some of these are energy prices, econo-mic conditions, value of the dollar, ... Read More »

Weed Control: The Culprits Of Spring

Experts target three key weeds – horseweed, Palmer amaranth and Italian ryegrass. By Carroll Smith With many producers planting corn as early as March or April in the Southern states, they will soon be faced with a host of yield-robbing weeds poised to cause significant issues this season. In the South, glyphosate-resistant horseweed can become especially problematic if not addressed ... Read More »

Editor’s Note: Backbone of the industry stands strong, supports ag

By Carroll Smith Editor Although ag journalism wears many hats these days – magazines, television, radio, Web sites, Twitter, Facebook and blogs – the ink and the chatter predominately target topics that pertain to producing, processing and marketing the crop. But, often, the backbone of the agriculture industry that makes any, if not all, of this happen is the ag ... Read More »

Production: Twin-Row Corn

Corn grain yields in a twin-row system were significantly raised by increasing seeding rates. By Carroll Smith The concept of planting twin-row corn isn’t a new one. Determining what it takes to make it more profitable than planting single-row corn is the issue with which Southern corn producers are intrigued. For several years, Dr. Wayne Ebelhar, a research scientist at ... Read More »