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2017 Planning Tips For A Successful Corn Crop

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture’s Jason Kelley, Extension agronomist, offers the following tips for a successful corn crop. Make sure raised beds are still intact before planting. Beds that settle because of heavy rain or are much smaller can cause planting problems with uneven planting depth or planting on the edge of the bed. This is especially true ... Read More »

Market Factors

Mark Welch, Texas A&M ag Extension economist, said in his early November Market Grain Outlook, that the U.S. corn crop harvest was on a normal pace, and that The International Grains Council had raised its estimate of world corn production the week prior. His report continued as follows: Total 2016/17 production is up 8 mmt (315 million bushels) from 1,027 ... Read More »

Calm down, Chicken Little

Well, isn’t this an interesting turn of events — that’s what I said to my parents when I stopped by their house the morning after Election Day. Over our respective cups of coffee, we shared stories about election night, what time we’d gone to bed, when we had heard it called, and so on. At my age, I’ve been through ... Read More »

Corn Hybrids Southern Lineup For 2017

Corn South presents a partial listing of corn hybrids suited for the Southern growing region. For a more complete listing, contact your seed representative. AgVenture Mid-South Dulaney Seed RL9583VYHR (118 RM) • “Must” plant with Optimum Leptra insect protection • Multiyear proven hybrid with high yield potential • Open husk ears with hard, high test weight grain • Well adapted ... Read More »

Another Record Year?

Corn production is headed for another record, despite being estimated down from the August forecast says USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. At 15.1 billion bushels, up 11 percent from last year, and an average yield of 174.4 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from 2015, it would be the highest yield and production on record for the United States. With ... Read More »

Grain Bins Offer Flexibility

Gain a Better Market Position Mitchell Farm Partnership is one of many Arkansas producers who have adopted grain bins as part of an overall marketing strategy, which both helps protect harvested crops and gives growers some leverage in a market in which the primary producers are typically “price takers” rather than “price setters.” Mitchell purchased the five massive bins, each ... Read More »

Market Offers Guarded Optimism

2016 Outlook Clemson Cooperative Extension economist Nathan Smith is optimistic corn can rebound some in 2016, but global supply-and-demand pressures will continue to depress cotton, peanut and soybean prices. Strong demand for ethanol and livestock feed are likely to support corn futures, Smith says, though prices could dip if production spikes next year, he said. Corn prices have ranged between ... Read More »

One More Obstacle

You’re fighting the calendar and the clock, for that matter. The crop is ready and waiting to be harvested; weather this nice won’t hold out for long. And where are you? In the shop trying to get a combine fixed and back in the field. You’ve got the tool you need to do the job, maybe the welder or an ... Read More »