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Needed: Flood-Tolerant Crops

Amanda Huber, Editor

The pursuit of drought-tolerant crops is part of nearly every university ag research department nationwide. But this spring, it wasn’t a lack of rain that prevented planting in many areas. It was too much water. Of the primary food crops, worldwide, only rice is able to grow in flooded conditions. Why is that? Rice is a grass. Corn is a ... Read More »

Corn Yield Losses On Fallow Fields Offset By Fungi On Cover Crop Roots

fallow syndrome in corn

A cover crop planted this fall on land flooded without a crop this year does more than control erosion and weeds. Fall-seeded cover crops can boost corn yields next season. A beneficial soil-borne fungus in healthy soil needs roots to survive in fallow years. Without the micro-fungus, fallow field syndrome could cut corn yields next season, says Greg Luce, University ... Read More »

Auburn Ag Economists Discuss Floods, U.S. Corn Crop

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Henry Kinnucan and Brittney Goodrich, agricultural economists in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture, comment on the heavy rain and floods affecting U.S. corn farmers, especially in the Midwest, who face delayed planting. Consumers also face rising grocery and ethanol prices as a result of the delayed planting. ■ Do farmers have any alternatives other than delayed planting? In the short ... 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 »