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January 2020

Don’t Neglect Winter Maintenance

irrigation

Summer irrigation woes offered a good reminder to do winter maintenance on these critical production systems. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension irrigation specialist Wes Porter encourages producers to make the necessary modifications in irrigation system preparation to avoid potential problems during the growing season. “If farmers haven’t employed a good maintenance plan, ensured good uniformity in their irrigation systems, and ... Read More »

Sentera Announces Tassel Counts

sentera tassle count

The Tassel Count analytics product will be available to all Sentera FieldAgent customers in March 2020. Instead of forecasting yield with a few spot samples, Sentera Tassel Count analytics tool allows users to more precisely calculate yields using tassel population data gathered across the entire field. Understanding tassel population can also help to more accurately time the application of certain ... Read More »

New Gramoxone 3SL Formulation

gramoxone label

Syngenta recently received a label for its new formulation of paraquat sold under the trade name Gramoxone 3SL at 3 pounds active ingredient per gallon. Paraquat is a widely used, restricted-use pesticide in the United States. However, because of misuse of the product and the subsequent poisonings, the Environmental Protection Agency is requiring changes to paraquat-labeled products. Products used in ... Read More »

Promising New Tool

Amanda Huber, Editor

A small, handheld device may soon have a big impact in farming. The device is a Raman spectrometer. Raman spectroscopy measures how molecules scatter harmless laser light and has been found by Texas A&M AgriLife research scientists as a quick, accurate, nondestructive, and portable way to scan produce for its nutrient content. Dmitry Kurouski, assistant professor of biochemistry and biophysics, ... Read More »

Price Above PLC Trigger

corn

In his “Feed Grain Outlook” marketing newsletter, Mark Welch, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension economist, says U.S. corn production decreased by 118 million bushels, according to the November World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. The national average corn yield declined from 168.4 bushels per acre to 167 bushels, 3% below trend. Harvested acreage was unchanged. That number would have been more ... Read More »