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U.S. corn production could hit records in 2020, grower prices to remain flat

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With a whirlwind of trade activity as a backdrop, commodity market gyrations have made unsettling times for grain producers in Texas and across the nation, but there’s hope those are leveling, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. “Trade is a powerful tool,” said Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension grain marketing economist, College Station. HIs comments came as ... Read More »

Hot off the press: Arkansas’ MP weed, insect and disease guides

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The 2020 versions of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture publications on managing insects, weeds and plant diseases are now available online, through Cooperative Extension Service offices across the state, and, in one case, as a mobile-friendly website. MP44, “Recommended Chemicals for Weed and Brush Control”; MP144, “Insecticide Recommendations for Arkansas”; and MP154, the “Arkansas Plant Disease Control ... Read More »

Amvac acquires 4 herbicides from Corteva

American Vanguard Corp. has acquired four herbicide brands from Corteva Agriscience. They are Classic, First Rate, Hornet and Python WDG. The transaction includes acquisition of end-use registrations, commercial sales and marketing information, and finished goods inventory. The products are tankmix partners for a variety of primary herbicides used in the U.S. agricultural market. They are particularly valuable for enhancing weed ... Read More »

Bumper corn crop predicted for 2020

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Given increased acres and a return to trend yields, agricultural economists say the corn outlook for 2020 is for a potential bumper crop that could drive down market prices while creating huge stockpiles that could take years to reduce. This could create headaches for many. But about 200 farmers who attended Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service’s 2019 State Corn and ... Read More »

Corn yield contest winner sets record with 616-plus bushels

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This year, corn growers hit new highs in the National Corn Growers Association 2019 National Corn Yield Contest with David Hula of Charles City, Virginia. setting the highest yield on record at 616.1953 bushels per acre. He won with Pioneer hybrid P1197YHR. Hula is no stranger to this type of success, either, having set the previous record of 542 bushels ... Read More »

Arkansas corn grower takes home ArFB leadership award

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Trent Dabbs is the 2019 recipient of the Stanley E. Reed Leadership Award from the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation. He accepted the award, Dec. 4, during the organization’s 85th annual conference at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach and Charlene Reed, widow of ArFB’s late president, presented the award. Dabbs, 40, has served ... Read More »

New paraquat handling, training requirements take effect

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 • By Jason Bond and Ben Lawrence • The Environmental Protection Agency mandated manufacturers to update their paraquat labels by Nov. 14 with new safety, handling and training requirements. Key Points to Remember: • Purchasers, applicators, mixers, loaders, or tank cleaners of herbicide products containing paraquat must be certified applicators. • Purchasers, applicators, mixers, loaders, or tank cleaners must complete ... Read More »

New tool provides producers with impacts of diseases

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Kentucky grain producers have a new, free tool at their disposal to see the past yield losses and economic impacts of common diseases affecting corn and soybeans. This tool can help them plan their disease management strategy for the upcoming growing season. Developed by the Crop Protection Network, the Field Crop Disease Loss Calculator can tell producers how much in ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter names soil fertility, agronomy specialist

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Rasel Parvej recently joined the LSU AgCenter Northeast Region faculty as assistant professor serving as a soil fertility and agronomy specialist. Parvej will have statewide responsibilities in row crop soil fertility. With research experience in cropping systems that include soybean, rice, corn, cotton and cover crops, he plans to work with producers to improve soil fertility through better nutrient management. ... Read More »

USDA expects to begin 2nd round of MFP payments before Thanksgiving

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expected to begin making the second round of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments the week before Thanksgiving to help farmers suffering from trade retaliations by foreign nations. Producers of MFP-eligible commodities will be eligible to receive 25% of the total payment expected in addition to the 50% they already have received from the 2019 ... Read More »