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Back To Basics Or Magic Bullets?

By Dr. Glen Harris As a corn grower, you’ve probably heard it a million times: Soil test and apply the recommended lime and fertilizer so that soil fertility will not be your limiting factor for making high yields. But do you believe it? I do. But maybe you just heard the following so many times “lime to the proper pH, ... Read More »

Treated Seed Options Insects feeding at or below the soil level usually have the greatest impact

By Scott Stewart No one can blame you if you are confused about seed treatments. There are options that differ by crop and seed companies. Seed treatments target three pest groups: Seedling fungal diseases, insects and nematodes. I’m a bug guy, so I will concentrate on the insecticide components. In corn, the insecticide seed treatment is often the key component. ... Read More »

Texas Extension Economist’s Feed Grain Market Outlook

Mark Welch is a well respected Texas AgriLife Extension Economist who publishes a Feed Grain Market Outlook. Following are highlights from his Nov. 9, 2011 report: USDA lowered its U.S. corn yield estimate in WASDE (Nov. 9) down to 146.7 from 148.1. Total corn production declined 123 million bushels with this adjustment. These changes were within the range of trade ... Read More »

9 Tips For High Yields

Consider these suggestions for best yield potential in Southern growing conditions. The Southern gold rush took off in a big way as farmers across Mississippi increased their corn acres from 340,000 in 2006 to 930,000 in 2007 and have maintained at least 720,000 acres since. Producers learned a lot that year from the bountiful crop and were encouraged to keep ... Read More »

Insect Management: Protect Stored Grain

  Consider stored grain pest management strategies before and after storage. By Phillip G. Koehler Stored grain of almost any kind is subject to attack by insects. The insects that attack stored grain are highly specialized to exploit the stores man has set aside for himself. Stored products insects are, in most cases, insects of small size with a high ... Read More »

Special Report: Market Outlook

Editor’s Note: Mark Welch, Texas AgriLife Extension Economist, is based in College Station, Texas. The opinions and recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and are intended for educational purposes only as part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Texas AgriLife Extension Service assumes no liability for the use of this newsletter. This edition of Welch’s Feedgrain Market Outlook ... Read More »

Corn’s Role In The Southern Crops Family

By Carroll Smith One of the main pastimes in the small, Mid-South town where I grew up was to go “riding around.” Whether it was with my friends after school or my parents or grandparents on Sunday afternoon, we burnt many a tank of gas cruising along the two-lane roads that led to just about anywhere you wanted to go. ... Read More »

Corn Hybrids Southern Lineup For 2012

This section reflects a partial listing of corn hybrids suited for the Southern growing region. For additional offerings, contact your local seed representative. AgVenture Midsouth Dulaney Seed RL9858HB (121 RM) Great Companion To RL9795HBF • Deep South genetics designed to withstand Southern heat stress • Dual purpose, Southern developed genetics with Herculex I trait • Performance results have been outstanding ... Read More »

Decisive Marketing: The Decision To Sell

By Melvin Brees The grain price outlook appears bullish, and prices remain in an uptrend. You may not want to sell yet, but you have got to sell sometime. Based on the USDA Jan. 12, 2011, reports, U.S. corn stocks-to-use ratio will be the lowest since 1995-96. If this carryover is realized, corn 2010-11 ending stocks will represent less than ... Read More »

Scout ’Em Out

Don’t ignore early season insects that feed on seedlings. There are more than 20 common insect pests of field corn. The potential for at least one of them to cause problems makes it worthwhile to scout cornfields for insect damage to determine if control tactics are needed. Scout cornfields weekly from seedling emergence until the corn is knee-high. Thereafter, scout ... Read More »