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Texas A&M Corn Breeder Looks To Build A Better Bourbon

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Dr. Seth Murray may have more than a casual interest in National Bourbon Day on June 14. Murray, Texas A&M AgriLife Research corn breeder and Eugene Butler Endowed Chair in the department of soil and crop sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, has an ongoing research project aimed at producing better whiskey through science. Whiskey is the generic ... Read More »

Mild Winter Leads To Heavy Insect Presence In Alabama Corn

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Milder than normal winter temperatures allowed stink bugs and grasshoppers to survive and thrive this spring. Dr. Katelyn Kesheimer, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist, says brown and southern green stink bugs are showing up in corn right now. “The stinkbugs were heavy in wheat,” she says. “Once the wheat is harvested, they move into corn to begin feeding. There ... Read More »

Scout Before Spraying For Stink Bugs

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• By Dominic Reisig • Corn is susceptible to damage at three stages (roughly): V1 to V6, V14 to VT, and R1 to R4. Note that corn cannot be damaged by stink bugs from V7 until the primary and secondary ears are beginning to push out (just prior to tassel). You will find stink bugs in corn throughout the growing ... Read More »

The Importance Of Tassel Stage And Management Timing

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• By Erick Larson • Our early planted Mississippi corn crop is quickly approaching tassel, which signifies the beginning of the important reproductive stages. Additionally, the weather has been fluctuating from one extreme to the other over the past several weeks, presenting challenges to producers attempting to complete management practices. Therefore, how may these factors affect mid-season application of various ... Read More »

Corn And Soybean Survival After Flooding

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The extreme 2019 rainfall events have created record, or near record, river levels across many locations in the state. Many rivers and creeks across a wide geography of Missouri have put numerous corn fields under water. This article discusses the effect on crops planted in fields that are now flooded or saturated. Of the many factors that determine how well ... Read More »

Tips To Manage Nitrogen Under Scattered Rainfall Conditions

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• By Angela McClure • With recent weather events in the Midwest, corn prices have started to climb, and growers are paying closer attention to protecting corn yield. In the past month, rainfall in Tennessee has been much more scattered to practically nonexistent, and we aren’t used to these dry spells compared to past years. Most of the calls I ... Read More »

Texas A&M’s Murray A Finalist For National Young Scientist Award

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Dr. Seth Murray, Eugene Butler Endowed Chair and Texas A&M AgriLife Research corn breeder at Texas A&M University in College Station, is a finalist for the prestigious Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists. The honor is presented by the New York Academy of Sciences and recognizes America’s most innovative young scientists and engineers. The Blavatnik Laureate will be announced in ... Read More »

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 »

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 »