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Farm Bill Highlights

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Within a day of signing the 2018 Farm Bill, a government shutdown went into effect. Questions swirled as to how the farm legislation would be implemented and when, of course. Once the government opened back up, Farm Service Agencies were behind the eight ball to get producers informed and signed up for programs. By then, producers were starting to make ... Read More »

Corn Stocks Less Than Expected

grain storage

Mark Welch, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension economist, College Station, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recently released report shows national corn supplies carried over from 2018 were lower than expected. The U.S. typically carries 15-20 percent of the national crop into the next growing season. The report estimated the U.S. corn stock was at 12 percent, Welch says. “The carryover ... Read More »

New Qrome Hybrid Products

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Corteva Agriscience recently announced the launch of Qrome products across the U.S. Corn Belt. According to the company, Qrome hybrids have earned the trust of American producers for consistent performance and have produced high yields by combining top-tier genetics, strong defensive traits and advanced seed treatments. Introductory quantities of Qrome products will be available in the Pioneer brand for 2019 ... Read More »

Pest Management

corn nematodes

Know Conditions That Favor Nematode Buildup In corn fields, wet weather in April is a recipe for nematode problems—specifically cotton root knot and stubby root nematodes. While not widely recognized as a yield-reducing pest in corn, the root knot nematode is a pest that affects both cotton and corn. Austin Hagan, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System plant pathologist, said the ... Read More »

New Products

ethos 3D insecticide/fungicide

New Insecticide/Fungicide From FMC FMC Corporation introduces Ethos 3D insecticide/fungicide, formulated specifically for the novel 3RIVE 3D in-furrow application system that converts traditional high-volume applications to low-volume applications through patented technologies. Ethos 3D insecticide/fungicide provides full spectrum seedling insect and disease protection for corn, soybeans, dry beans and peas. It combines bifenthrin insecticide with a biofungicide that grows along with ... Read More »

Industry News

renewable fuel standards

Renewable Fuel Standards Announced The National Corn Growers Association recently said the EPA’s 2019 Renewable Volume Obligation rule under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) moves renewable fuels and energy security forward in 2019, but only if EPA does not grant refiners further RFS exemptions. “We are pleased the EPA maintained the implied conventional ethanol volume of 15 billion gallons and ... Read More »

Better Late Than Never

Amanda Huber, Editor

Just as I was about to wrap up this issue of Corn South, work on the Farm Bill began again in earnest. Within a couple of days, the Farm Bill had passed out of both the House and the Senate and was headed to the President’s desk for signing. “America’s farmers and ranchers are weathering the fifth year of severe ... Read More »