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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 »

Still Goin’ For The Gold

By Carroll Smith Editor When corn prices shot up in 2007, farmers across the South were anxious to join the Gold Rush. Corn acres increased from 1,920,000 in 2006 to 4,035,000 in 2007. In November of 2007, we published our first edition of Corn South to assist Southern farmers who were not that familiar with growing corn to get up ... Read More »

Editor’s Note October 2012

Timely Tips For 2013 Southern Hybrid Selection By Carroll Smith Editor A successful Southern corn crop starts with the seed you plant. With that in mind, it’s important to put a lot of thought into hybrid selection for the upcoming growing season. Following are some timely tips from Southern universities. Mississippi State Extension Service says, “The corn hybrids noted in ... Read More »

Editor’s Note February 2012

Put Some Spin On Your 2012 Crop Mix By Carroll Smith Editor Most dictionaries define the word “rotation” as the circular movement of an object. In sports, rotation is often referred to as “spin.” In tennis, the ball can have topspin and backspin. In billiards, or pool, words like English, follow and draw are used. And, of course, curve balls ... Read More »

Editor’s Note: Kudos To 2010 Southern Corn Contest Winners

By Carroll Smith Editor For nearly half a century, according to the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), the NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest has provided corn growers the opportunity to compete with their colleagues to grow the most corn per acre. In recent years, more and more South-ern corn farmers are participating, so I would like to take this opportunity ... Read More »

Editor’s Note: Price Volitility Means Difficult Decisons

To say that commodity prices have been volatile this year is obviously the ultimate understatement. Since marketing is not my area of expertise, I would like to defer to Melvin Brees, who is the market/policy Extension associate, FAPRI, University of Missouri. In his November “Decisive Marketing” column, Brees offers insight into today’s markets. Following is an excerpt from his commentary. ... Read More »

Editor’s Note: Southern Corn – We’ve Come A Long Way

By Carroll Smith Editor Usually, in the last two weeks of December, it’s inevitable that commentators will dedicate at least one segment of their television or radio shows to discuss some of the highlights of the year that’s about to draw to a close. Just for fun, and in no particular order, let’s take a quick look back at a ... Read More »

Editor’s Note: Backbone of the industry stands strong, supports ag

By Carroll Smith Editor Although ag journalism wears many hats these days – magazines, television, radio, Web sites, Twitter, Facebook and blogs – the ink and the chatter predominately target topics that pertain to producing, processing and marketing the crop. But, often, the backbone of the agriculture industry that makes any, if not all, of this happen is the ag ... Read More »

Fifty-three-year-old quote still rings true today

By Carroll Smith Editor In an address at Bradley Univer-sity in September 1956, former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower told the crowd, “Now tonight, my friends, I want to talk some facts to farm people,” although he made it clear that he was not addressing them as a group apart. He referenced “synthetic farmers behind Washington desks” who love to ... Read More »

Editor’s Note: ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’

By Carroll Smith Editor Even if you are not a Rolling Stones’ fan, you’ll probably recognize “You can’t always get what you want” as the first line of the chorus in the group’s famous song from 1969. Since its inception, many people have adopted the lyric as a mantra of sorts for many different situations in life. Well, now it’s ... Read More »