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NCGA tabs COVID-19-related revenue loss at $50 per acre

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Analysis released recently by the National Corn Growers Association showed cash corn prices have declined by 16% on average, with several regions experiencing declines of more than 20%, since March 1 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The analysis projects a $50 per-acre revenue decline for the 2019 corn crop. “The COVID-19 pandemic is being felt across all sectors ... Read More »

UArk launches 2020 ‘Most Crop Per Drop’ irrigation yield contest

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Do you think you know how to irrigate and stretch your water supply? If so, enter the University of Arkansas’ “Most Crop Per Drop” contest. Unlike regular yield contests that simply look at how many bushels you can produce per acre, this contest involves how many bushels you produce per acre-inch of water used. The winner may not have the ... Read More »

Don’t lose corn yield to early weed pressure

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• By Tom Barber • Weed control in Arkansas corn production has become more difficult over the past several years with the onset of glyphosate-resistant pigweed, marestail and ryegrass. Each of these weeds, if not controlled prior to planting, can rob corn of yield potential. To make matters worse, pigweed populations have been found resistant to six herbicide modes of ... Read More »

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 »