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March 2019

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

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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

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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 »