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In Missouri, Stick With Corn Through May

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The wet and cold start to this year’s corn planting season bodes poorly for yields, based on research from the University of Missouri Extension. But MU Extension agronomist Bill Wiebold says farmers should not switch from corn to other crops or early maturing corn varieties because of rain-delayed planting. There is still time to get corn in the ground and ... Read More »

After Delays, Mississippi Corn Growers Plunge Into Planting

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Corn producers rushed to finish planting — or replanting — as much as sunny weather has allowed so far in May. Erick Larson, grains specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, says spring rains complicated conditions, keeping planters out of fields during much of April and contributing to many more establishment issues than normal. “Corn planted in late March ... Read More »

As Late-Planting Period Closes, Arkansas Corn Growers Face Tough Decisions

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To whatever degree any year in the past decade can be said to have been a “normal year” in Arkansas agriculture, one thing is certain: 2019 isn’t one of them. Heavy springtime rains are nothing new, and neither are depressed commodity prices or prevented planting. But the current confluence of flooding, trade disputes and other factors are forcing many Arkansas ... Read More »

Glyphosate-Resistant Johnsongrass Raises Management Questions

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• By Larry Steckel • Questions continue to arise on management of glyphosate-resistant (GR) Johnsongrass in corn, soybean and cotton. GR Johnsongrass continues to become more of an issue with each passing year. The main threat with Johnsongrass is in corn where there are few POST applied options. Judging by infestations of Johnsongrass in some corn fields, we may not ... Read More »

Are There Bifenthrin Alternatives For Brown Stink Bugs In Corn?

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• By Angus Catchot • Brown stink bugs have been treated on a fair number of acres of corn in the Mississippi Delta this year. With the loss of methyl parathion, there are not a lot of good choices to control this pest in corn. We are essentially left with only the pyrethroid class of chemistry. As pyrethroids go, they are ... Read More »

Ragged Stand Better Than No Stand, Says MU Agronomist

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In a year of uneven crop emergence, University of Missouri Extension agronomists say not to count out runts that emerge late. “A late-emerging corn plant is better than no corn plant,” says MU Extension agronomist Bill Wiebold. In a weekly teleconference of MU Extension agronomists on May 7, reports varied from “no corn in the ground at all” to 40 ... Read More »

Texas Corn Off To A Good Start

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The majority of planted Texas corn acres have emerged amid good soil moisture profiles to start the growing season, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Ronnie Schnell, AgriLife Extension agronomist, College Station, said the Texas corn crop started late in parts of the state, but growing conditions have planted fields off to a good start. “Plantings were ... Read More »

Some Tips For Tough-to-Control Poa, Ryegrass

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• By Larry Steckel • Clearly this year, many are having trouble managing ryegrass and poa. Questions began months ago and continue today and have ranged from tactics to burn them down before planting to how to control them in a standing corn crop. What has become abundantly clear is that glyphosate is no longer an effective burn down option ... Read More »

NCGA Kicks Off Corn Yield Contest

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Today is opening day for the National Corn Growers Association’s National Corn Yield Contest. Baseball and growing record corn yields may have little in common on the surface, but both feature intense competition, months of preparation and good old-fashioned hard work. Farmers have through July 31. This year marks the 55th year for the contest that began with 20 entries ... Read More »

University of Arkansas Opens Second Annual Irrigation Yield Contest

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The 2019 Arkansas irrigation yield contest, “Most Crop per Drop,” is open for entries. “We are conducting a conservation yield competition measuring yield and water use for rice, soybeans, and corn,” says Chris Henry, University of Arkansas associate professor. The contest is meant to encourage irrigation best management practices, such as computerized hole selection, sensor based irrigation scheduling and surge ... Read More »