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Dec. 2-4 Mississippi Row Crop Short Course offers myriad of topics

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Nearly 500 people have already pre-registered for the 2019 Row Crop Short Course. The program, complete with CCA credits, can be downloaded by clicking here. The 2019 Row Crop Short Course will be held at the Cotton Mill Conference Center in Starkville, Mississippi, from Dec. 2-4. Registration is free of charge until Wednesday, Nov. 27. After Nov. 27, including at ... Read More »

Plan to attend Alabama Row Crops Short Course, Dec. 10

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Alabama producers can prepare for the upcoming growing seasons at the 2019 Row Crops Short Course in Auburn, Alabama. The course will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center, Dec. 10, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University’s department of crop, soil and environmental sciences are partnering to bring ... Read More »

Multi-state study examines how cover crops termination affects plant pests

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A multi-state experiment that recently received a major grant will examine how planting cover crops on farm fields affects plant disease, pests and weeds. Alison Robertson, a professor of plant pathology and microbiology at Iowa State University, will lead a portion of the experiments as part of a much larger project awarded a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department ... Read More »

2020 corn, soybean futures offer attractive marketing opportunities

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Corn and soybean producers may want to consider locking in futures contracts for at least a portion of their 2020 crops now, even though they are still months away from planting, said Todd Davis, agricultural economist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. December 2020 corn futures were trading at $4.07 a bushel on Oct. 25. ... Read More »

UK research evaluates in-furrow fertilizer in corn

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At a time when many grain operators are tightening their belts on input costs, producers want to make sure the ones they purchase give them the most favorable results. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researchers are evaluating whether in-furrow fertilizers provide enough yield increase to offset their costs. In-furrow fertilizers are applied to seed during planting. ... Read More »

Lingering Alabama drought yields mixed harvest results

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Widespread drought continues in Alabama, as nearly 84% of the state is in severe drought. In fact, 55% of the state’s soil and subsoil moisture is reported to be “very short.” Even with these conditions, producers are still hard at work bringing in this year’s crop. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, 96% of the corn planted in Alabama ... Read More »

Non-Bt hybrid trial results and why you should plant non-Bt corn

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• By Dominic Reisig • All growers who plant Bt corn in North Carolina are required by law to plant non-Bt corn (refuge). Details are specified on the bag tag, but non-Bt corn must represent at least 20% of the total corn acres, including both Bt and non-Bt corn. Even if refuge-in-a-bag (RIB) hybrids are planted, North Carolina growers must ... Read More »

Too little or too much rain plagued Missouri soybeans this season

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Most soybean and corn likely will yield less than normal this year due to late planting and unfavorable weather during critical grain-fill periods, says University of Missouri Extension soybean specialist Bill Wiebold. According to a Sept. 4 U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency report, wet and flooded fields kept Missouri farmers from planting 750,000 acres or 21% of corn ... Read More »

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 »