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Corn looks good at harvest despite season’s struggles

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A difficult planting season followed by heavy rains and drainage issues challenged Mississippi corn producers, but they are still expected to produce a good crop despite these tough conditions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates the majority of the Mississippi’s corn crop to be in fair to good condition. Just 7% is considered excellent, while 12% is either poor or ... Read More »

Arkansas scientists use machine learning to manage corn crops

A team of researchers from the University of Arkansas are designing tiny sensors that can be placed in corn stalks to monitor water, nitrogen and potassium needs in real time. The data collected from those sensors — matched with geographic, weather and other environmental data — will feed machine learning software to develop models that will be able to predict ... Read More »

What does Arkansas corn harvest hold in store?

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The Arkansas corn harvest is going to be a drawn out affair this year. “Think back to the planting season when corn was planted from March through June,” said Jason Kelley, Extension wheat and feed grains agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “In a normal year, we’re done planting by the end of April. So, this ... Read More »

Corn Yield Losses On Fallow Fields Offset By Fungi On Cover Crop Roots

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A cover crop planted this fall on land flooded without a crop this year does more than control erosion and weeds. Fall-seeded cover crops can boost corn yields next season. A beneficial soil-borne fungus in healthy soil needs roots to survive in fallow years. Without the micro-fungus, fallow field syndrome could cut corn yields next season, says Greg Luce, University ... Read More »

After Corn Harvest, Farmers Should Continue Managing Weeds

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Georgia corn farmers are preparing for harvest, but they can’t take a break once they ship their crops to market. That time should be focused on staying ahead of weeds that can cripple the next year’s crop. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension corn weed specialist Eric Prostko says that Palmer amaranth, also known as Palmer pigweed, has the potential to ... Read More »

Syngenta Gains EU Import Approval For Agrisure Duracade Trait In Corn

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The European Commission — the executive branch of the European Union — has granted import approval to the Agrisure Duracade trait, which contains a unique corn rootworm control. The approval covers corn grain and its derived products for food and feed use within countries of the EU, according to a news release. Agrisure Duracade hybrids from Syngenta (Agrisure Duracade 5222 ... Read More »

Southern Rust Confirmed In Tennessee

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• By Heather Marie Kelly • This week I received the first sample of southern rust in corn from Martin, Tennessee (Weakley County). Not surprisingly after the storms of Barry, more counties along the Mississippi river have confirmed southern rust (Image 1. Confirmed reports of southern rust can be found at https://corn.ipmpipe.org/southerncornrust/). The majority of corn in Tennessee is past ... Read More »

USDA Releases County-By-County MFP Payment Information

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a county Market Facilitation Program payment schedule for growers with commodities that have been affected by foreign retaliatory tariffs. The assistance covers specialty crops, non-specialty crops, dairy and hogs. The rates range from $15 to $150 per acre, depending on the impact the tariffs have had on that particular county. They are the ... Read More »

Texas Row Crops Experiencing Light Insect Pressure So Far

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Row crops in North Texas and the South Plains are in the home stretch and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts want producers to keep a watchful eye on pest infestations. Dr. Allen Knutson, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Dallas, and Blayne Reed, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management specialist, Hale County, reported pest activity in North Texas and the South Plains has ... Read More »

When Can Corn Irrigation Be Terminated?

• By Jason Kelley • As we get to late July, many Arkansas corn growers are making decisions about irrigation termination. Corn that was planted in March in south Arkansas is nearing black layer or at black layer now. Corn  farther north that was planted in March is a little further behind but will likely reach black layer over the ... Read More »