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USDA: Arkansas corn, cotton acres fall; rice and soybean acres increase

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A global health crisis and its attendant economic impacts, unusually wet weather and an ongoing trade dispute with China had a discouraging effect on Arkansas growers’ acreage decisions for some key crops in 2020, even as farmers went all in on others. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its annual Acreage report Tuesday, revealing planting decisions ... Read More »

Kinze plans to introduce 2 high-speed planters in 2021

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Kinze Manufacturing plans to add a 16-row 4905 True Speed planter model to its offerings for 2021. This follows a previous announcement that the company planned to introduce a 24-row 4905 planter for 2021. “The 16-row configuration was originally planned for 2022, but testing went so well, we’re pleased that we are able to move up our timeline and make ... Read More »

Louisiana farmers begin planting amid uncertain prices

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• 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 »

COVID-19 doesn’t stop planting season

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• By Bruce Schultz • Many  schools and workplaces have  closed up shop amid the coronavirus pandemic. But in the world of agriculture,  the show must go on. In Louisiana, this  is rice and corn  planting season —  a busy and important time of year for farmers, who also will soon begin planting other crops  such as  soybeans  and  cotton. ... Read More »

Examine bag tag on seed carefully to avoid planting same hybrid

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• By Dan Fromme • Before you plant, check the tag on that bag of corn seed. Often in the seed industry, the same variety is sold under multiple brand names. In other words, just because the seed is in a different bag does not mean it is not the same variety. This creates two significant problems for farmers: Overpaying ... Read More »

U.S. corn production could hit records in 2020, grower prices to remain flat

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With a whirlwind of trade activity as a backdrop, commodity market gyrations have made unsettling times for grain producers in Texas and across the nation, but there’s hope those are leveling, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. “Trade is a powerful tool,” said Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension grain marketing economist, College Station. HIs comments came as ... Read More »

In Missouri, Stick With Corn Through May

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The wet and cold start to this year’s corn planting season bodes poorly for yields, based on research from the University of Missouri Extension. But MU Extension agronomist Bill Wiebold says farmers should not switch from corn to other crops or early maturing corn varieties because of rain-delayed planting. There is still time to get corn in the ground and ... 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 »

As Late-Planting Period Closes, Arkansas Corn Growers Face Tough Decisions

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To whatever degree any year in the past decade can be said to have been a “normal year” in Arkansas agriculture, one thing is certain: 2019 isn’t one of them. Heavy springtime rains are nothing new, and neither are depressed commodity prices or prevented planting. But the current confluence of flooding, trade disputes and other factors are forcing many Arkansas ... Read More »

Ragged Stand Better Than No Stand, Says MU Agronomist

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In a year of uneven crop emergence, University of Missouri Extension agronomists say not to count out runts that emerge late. “A late-emerging corn plant is better than no corn plant,” says MU Extension agronomist Bill Wiebold. In a weekly teleconference of MU Extension agronomists on May 7, reports varied from “no corn in the ground at all” to 40 ... Read More »