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March 2020

Tools To Save Water, Stay Profitable

corn irrigation

Will Hart, a farmer who produces corn and soybeans on 3,000 acres in the Mississippi Delta, remembers the way his grandfather determined whether the crops needed water. “We’d go out in the field and kick the dirt,” Hart says. “If it was dry, then the crops got water.” Today, farmers in the Delta are more realistic with their irrigation management. ... Read More »

Biodegradable Spray Helps Battle Crop Pathogens

aflatoxin control

A new sprayable bioplastic — made of cornstarch and other natural ingredients — offers a potentially effective method for delivering beneficial microbes to fight aflatoxin and other agricultural pathogens and pests. Aflatoxin is a highly toxic substance produced by many species of Aspergillus fungi. Annual losses are estimated at more than $200 million for corn. The U.S. Food and Drug ... Read More »

Optimistic Forecast

Amanda Huber, Editor

Each spring, economists from the University of Georgia Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics offer a forecast for the coming crop season with an emphasis on the major commodities within the state. UGA agricultural economist Adam Rabinowitz was a speaker on the 2020 Ag Forecast program. In anticipation of the event, Rabinowitz said predicting markets and providing an accurate account ... Read More »

Market Situation

mark welch TAMU

Texas A&M AgriLife Associate Professor and Extension Economist Mark Welch offers the following market information in his newsletter “Feed Grain Outlook.”U.S. corn exports face increasing competition from foreign producers. Corn producers in the Black Sea region of Ukraine and Russia have completed the 2019-2020 harvest on the same basic crop calendar as the United States. Harvest of first crop corn ... Read More »