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Dry Weather, Dry Forecast Worry Wiregrass Corn Producers

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Expectations for higher-than-normal May temperatures have Wiregrass corn producers on edge as the spring growing season shapes up to be a dry one. Brandon Dillard, an Alabama Extension regional agent of agronomic crops, says farmers in the area were ahead of the planting schedule earlier in the season. “This was one of the best looking dryland corn crops I’ve seen ... Read More »

Know When To Begin Irrigating Corn

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• By Erick Larson • The Mid-South has experienced a drastic change in the predominant weather patterns recently, prompting the decision of when to start irrigating corn. Of course, this transition is also physiologically challenging to our corn crop, but inadequate soil moisture is not nearly as limiting as usually perceived – considering we have literally been flooded all spring ... 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 »

Alabama Extension Offers Insight On Center-Pivot Irrigation Costs

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Producers face difficult decisions day in and day out. Alabama Cooperative Extension System professionals have compiled information to help farmers consider all options when deciding whether to purchase and install irrigation equipment on the farm. Dr. Brittney Goodrich, an Alabama Extension economist, said irrigation can mitigate one of the largest risks in crop production. Center pivot irrigation investment and operating ... Read More »

Don’t Fail to Plan

For 2015, work to protect yields and find ways to be strategic. How will 2014 shape the 2015 season, and why was there such a price drop for corn this year? The truth is that prices were unusually high from 2011 to 2013 for several reasons: increasing ethanol production, strong imports from China and a severe U.S. drought in 2012. ... Read More »

Corn Hybrids: Southern Lineup For 2015

AgVenture Midsouth Dulaney Seed RL6991HB (106 RM) Good standability throughout the season with superb roots Great drought tolerance combined with excellent heat tolerance Herculex I Insect Protection with impressive yield potential Great early option for South with two years of performance history R7844 (110 RM) Adapted to both high yield and high stress conditions Very good Greensnap resistance and good ... 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 »

3 Tips To Enhance Yields

Editor’s note: From the early planning stages through the end of the growing season, many factors influence the final yield numbers at harvest time. At right are three “kick-off” tips from the LSU AgCenter to help Louisiana producers realize their corn crop’s maximum yield potential. Companies offer multiple hybrids for sale to producers for good reasons. Each corn producer has ... Read More »

Start With The Seed

By Carroll Smith To give corn the ability to maximize yield, you have to think about the seed you’re going to plant before it ever goes into the ground. With this in mind, more farmers who are planting corn in the South are utilizing seed treatment packages to give each and every plant the best possible start in kicking off ... Read More »

Fertility Programs

An effective fertility program is key to achieving yield goals. By David Wright Liming increases bacterial activity that breaks down soil organic matter to make soil nitrogen and other nutrients more available to the crop. A good fertility program should be based on the soil fertility level as determined by soil tests and yield goal. Fertilization programs not based on ... Read More »