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February 2011

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 »

Editor’s Note: Kudos To 2010 Southern Corn Contest Winners

By Carroll Smith Editor For nearly half a century, according to the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), the NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest has provided corn growers the opportunity to compete with their colleagues to grow the most corn per acre. In recent years, more and more South-ern corn farmers are participating, so I would like to take this opportunity ... Read More »

Production: Whack Weeds Early

For early season weed control, timing is the ‘biggest management concern.’ To set the stage for achieving the highest yield potential, Southern corn farmers have determined that tiny corn seedlings have got to emerge into a weed-free environment. In comparison to several other crops, corn has the luxury of having many effective herbicide choices. However, if they are not applied ... Read More »