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Louisiana farmers begin planting amid uncertain prices

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• By Bruce Schultz • Planting is underway or about to start for most crops in Louisiana, and farmers are watching the markets closely as the world economy reels from the fallout created by the novel coronavirus. Louisiana State University AgCenter economist Michael Deliberto said commodities are looking better this week, and the stock market has improved. But uncertainty from ... Read More »

COVID-19 doesn’t stop planting season

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• By Bruce Schultz • Many  schools and workplaces have  closed up shop amid the coronavirus pandemic. But in the world of agriculture,  the show must go on. In Louisiana, this  is rice and corn  planting season —  a busy and important time of year for farmers, who also will soon begin planting other crops  such as  soybeans  and  cotton. ... Read More »

Revenue protection insurance favors corn for 2nd straight year

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As the March 15 crop insurance purchasing deadline approaches, a University of Kentucky agricultural economist is reporting that revenue insurance will favor corn over soybeans for the second consecutive year. The safety net, also known as the crop insurance price guarantee, is established at the end of each February and is based on futures prices for the December corn and ... Read More »

Bayer opens corn-breeding greenhouse facility in Arizona desert

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Bayer has opened a new state-of-the-art, automated greenhouse facility in Marana, Arizona. The approximately $100 million facility will serve as a global product design center for corn, the only crop to be grown there, according to a news release. The Marana facility also will capitalize on innovation advancements in proprietary seed chipping, advanced marker technology, automation and data science. Seed ... Read More »

U Ark launches row crop text message updates

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Interested in receiving up-to-date University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture row crop information and recommendations directly to your text messaging inbox? Look no further. The university is rolling out a text messaging service from several UAEX row crop Extension specialists. If you are interested in this service, please opt-in through the following process: 1. Text the number 69922 with ... Read More »

NK plans to release 11 new hybrids for 2021

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Whether it’s unpredictable weather or the appearance of new pests and diseases, farming remains as challenging as ever. To help farmers minimize risk and maximize potential return on investment, Syngenta plans to release 11 new NK corn hybrids and 21 new NK soybean varieties for the 2021 growing season. Backed by the extensive research and development capabilities of Syngenta, NK ... Read More »

Examine bag tag on seed carefully to avoid planting same hybrid

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• By Dan Fromme • Before you plant, check the tag on that bag of corn seed. Often in the seed industry, the same variety is sold under multiple brand names. In other words, just because the seed is in a different bag does not mean it is not the same variety. This creates two significant problems for farmers: Overpaying ... Read More »

Should you apply an in-furrow or starter fertilizer to corn?

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• By Josh Copes, Rasel Parvej, Syam Dodla and Dan Fromme • Phone calls have been coming in regarding applying an in-furrow starter fertilizer at corn planting. An in-furrow starter is commonly called a “pop-up” fertilizer and is applied in the seed furrow (in-furrow). This allows for ease of application and placing the nutrients close to the germinating seed which ... Read More »

UK researchers work to advance cover crop-based con-till systems

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University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researchers Erin Haramoto and Hanna Poffenbarger are part of an international group of scientists working to enhance the effectiveness of cover crop-based conservation tillage systems to create more sustainable agriculture production. The five-year, $10 million project is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative and led ... Read More »

UK to host irrigation workshop, Feb. 19

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The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host a Kentucky Irrigation Workshop, Feb. 19, at UK’s Research and Education Center in Princeton. During the workshop, scientists with the UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence and the Kentucky Geological Survey will share their most recent research results from their irrigation-related studies in row crops. They also ... Read More »