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January 2018

New Products

New Herbicide Option Summit Agro USA recently announced the launch of Shieldex 400SC corn herbicide, a new post-emergent HPPD chemistry that is safe and effective for use in all types of corn. Shieldex 400SC controls a wide range of broadleaf and grass weeds, including troublesome weeds such as tall waterhemp, Palmer amaranth, giant ragweed and giant foxtail. The unique HPPD ... Read More »

Planting Tips

Planning for 2018 As you study field notes from last season and prepare for corn planting in 2018, the following information on burndown, nematodes and root limiting soil conditions may also be beneficial in maximizing crop potential. Burndown Considerations When burning down fields near planting, herbicide selection and rate and spray coverage are very important to ensure complete control. If ... Read More »

Market Factors

In his most recent Market Grain Outlook, Mark Welch, Texas A&M agricultural Extension economist, says The Office of the Chief Economist at USDA estimates that for corn, the projection is for planted acres of 91.0 million next year, up from 90.4 in 2017. Welch went on to say the following: The yield estimate is 173.5 bushels per acre. This would ... Read More »

Need Strong Usage, export Markets

Amanda Huber, Editor

This was another year of record crop production in corn. But as usual, a big crop means that producers can expect lower prices the next year. That is the message from ag economists across the country, including Clemson agricultural economists Nathan Smith and Scott Mickey. At the recent 2018 Ag Outlook Conference, Smith said, “Prices have dropped because of a ... Read More »