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John Deere unveils two X Series combines for 2021

John Deere X9 1100 combine

John Deere has added two models of X Series combines to its 2021 harvesting lineup to help large-scale farmers thresh, separate and clean more bushels per hour or harvest more acres per day without risking grain loss or quality. The X9 1000 and X9 1100 Combines represent the next level of John Deere harvesting performance and bolster a lineup that ... Read More »

Kinze plans to introduce 2 high-speed planters in 2021

kinze 15r true speed planter

Kinze Manufacturing plans to add a 16-row 4905 True Speed planter model to its offerings for 2021. This follows a previous announcement that the company planned to introduce a 24-row 4905 planter for 2021. “The 16-row configuration was originally planned for 2022, but testing went so well, we’re pleased that we are able to move up our timeline and make ... Read More »

Sentera Announces Tassel Counts

sentera tassle count

The Tassel Count analytics product will be available to all Sentera FieldAgent customers in March 2020. Instead of forecasting yield with a few spot samples, Sentera Tassel Count analytics tool allows users to more precisely calculate yields using tassel population data gathered across the entire field. Understanding tassel population can also help to more accurately time the application of certain ... Read More »

Promising New Tool

Amanda Huber, Editor

A small, handheld device may soon have a big impact in farming. The device is a Raman spectrometer. Raman spectroscopy measures how molecules scatter harmless laser light and has been found by Texas A&M AgriLife research scientists as a quick, accurate, nondestructive, and portable way to scan produce for its nutrient content. Dmitry Kurouski, assistant professor of biochemistry and biophysics, ... Read More »

Steps To Successful Grain Storage

grain storage

Stored grains can be heavily damaged by insects if they are not properly conditioned and protected. Small grains, including wheat, are harvested in spring and stored through the hottest and most humid months of the year. Reducing the likelihood of insect problems in stored grain begins with cleaning equipment that will be used to harvest, handle and store the grain. ... Read More »

Market Outlook: Tips to Increase Efficiency and Profitability

Editor’s Note: Reports in this month’s Corn South Market Outlook are from Mark Welch, Texas AgriLife Extension economist, with Regional agronomist, Brandon A. Dillard, of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, offering four points to help producers increase efficiency and profitability in 2015. The opinions and recommendations expressed are solely those of the authors and are intended for educational purposes only. ... Read More »

The Only Constant Is Change

Amanda Huber, Editor

I read a quote that describes the business of farming: “It’s funny how day by day, nothing changes. But when you look back, everything is different.” Year by year, you seem to do pretty much the same thing – acreage and crops may change with rotations, weather is always a questionable factor and farm policy changes every few years. Otherwise, ... Read More »

Storage Tips

Last year, in some cases, corn that was harvested in Mississippi was what could generally be considered highmoisture corn. Some farmers received a premium by harvesting high-moisture corn and taking it straight to the elevator. However, managing high-moisture corn is not easy since corn that goes directly into on-farm storage needs to be quickly dried to less than 15 percent ... Read More »

Dawn of a New Season

I’ve always been intrigued by quotes that contain the words “dawn” and “dusk.” Just a personal quirk, I suppose. I lean more toward dawn, with its promise of a new beginning, although dusk does not necessarily signify the beginning of the end. Instead, perhaps it serves as a precursor to the dawn, or the starting over. Following are a few ... Read More »

Corn’s Water Needs

Accurately assessing soil moisture affects water management decisions By Dr. Erick Larson Last year, dry early season conditions prompted much conversation about the proper time to initiate irrigation for corn. This scenario usually generates a lot more anxiety than necessary because early season wilting is certainly not something we are very accustomed to. The simple answer is that irrigation should ... Read More »