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Mississippi State issues corn hybrid trial results, recommended 2021 hybrids

corn hybrids

Mississippi State University annually conducts Corn for Grain Hybrid Trials which are an extremely valuable resource for you to help select corn hybrids for your farm – MAFES Corn Hybrid Trials. These hybrid trials are typically grown in eight or more locations representing different growing regions, cropping systems and soil types in our state. The primary benefit of this program ... Read More »

Earworms/acre from corn (or why W. Texas had fewer bollworms this year)

corn earworm

• By Pat Porter • Dr. Suhas Vyavhare and I are conducting a very detailed experiment this year on some aspects of Bt corn. Part of the experiment involves putting 120 emergence cages on the ground under corn after corn earworm larvae (cotton bollworms) have left the corn ears and entered the soil for pupation. This lets us determine the ... Read More »

Investigating a rapid decline in North Florida corn fields

fusarium root rot

• By De Broughton, Ian Small and Fanny Iriarte • What are the symptoms? In recent weeks, extension agents in various locations across North Florida (primarily in the Northeast) have received calls from growers and consultants about symptoms of rapid decline in corn. Symptoms observed include leaf blight and in general, a wilted, scalded appearance of foliage still in the ... Read More »

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 »

Reassess your strategy regarding tassel applications

corn tassel

• By Erick Larson • Mississippi’s corn crop is spread out this year across a considerable range of planting dates, with a few early fields already tasseling, and the bulk will be soon. Tassels clearly distinguish the transition from vegetative to reproductive growth stages in corn. The early corn reproductive stages are the most sensitive stages to environmental stress and ... Read More »

Louisiana farmers begin planting amid uncertain prices

corn planting

• 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 »

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 »

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 »

When Can Corn Irrigation Be Terminated?

• By Jason Kelley • As we get to late July, many Arkansas corn growers are making decisions about irrigation termination. Corn that was planted in March in south Arkansas is nearing black layer or at black layer now. Corn  farther north that was planted in March is a little further behind but will likely reach black layer over the ... Read More »

Calm down, Chicken Little

Well, isn’t this an interesting turn of events — that’s what I said to my parents when I stopped by their house the morning after Election Day. Over our respective cups of coffee, we shared stories about election night, what time we’d gone to bed, when we had heard it called, and so on. At my age, I’ve been through ... Read More »