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High corn prices ripple through U.S. economy

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High corn prices are causing a ripple effect throughout the U.S. economy, and the 2021 growing season could be the difference between price stabilization or all-time record high prices, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Dr. David Anderson, AgriLife Extension economist, Bryan-College Station, said higher corn prices and their effect on other crops like wheat and soybeans, as ... Read More »

Commodity prices favorable for Texas row-crop producers

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Texas row crop producers might have the luxury of choosing between sorghum, corn and cotton as all three commodities are seeing high prices with the 2021 planting season underway, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension grain economist, Bryan-College Station, said farmers will have options in 2021 based on market prices but may ... Read More »

Txas A&M study focuses on corn insect resistance

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Two researchers in Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have received a $499,865 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute for Food and Agriculture to study corn resistance mechanisms against the insect pests, the fall armyworm and the western corn rootworm. Drs. Michael Kolomiets, professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, and Julio ... Read More »

Freeze injury, low-temperature stress and chill injury in corn and sorghum

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• By Ronnie Schnell • Recent cold weather has affected newly planted, emerging or emerged corn or sorghum throughout south and central Texas. Corn and sorghum will experience similar types of injury although tolerance to low temperatures does differ between the crops to some degree. Sorghum generally requires warmer soil temperatures. Three types of injury may be observed, depending on ... Read More »

Feb. 18 webinar focuses on corn rootworm-killing nematodes

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Insect-killing nematodes that are safe for plants but deadly to corn rootworm larvae will be the topic of a one-hour Zoom meeting starting at 9:30 a.m. CST Feb. 18 and hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Those planning to attend should preregister to receive a link to the meeting. Dr. Elson Shields, a Cornell University entomologist responsible developing ... Read More »

Texas A&M to host hands-on soil fertility lab series

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Producers in the Hutchinson County area will have a unique opportunity to attend a limited-seating Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrient Management Hands-On Lab Series hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Feb. 16, March 2 and March 4. The meetings will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 16 and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 2 and March 4 at ... Read More »

Friendly nematodes offer rootworm control in Southwest

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Entomology has been conducting a joint research project with Dr. Elson Shields from Cornell University for the past four years. They have shown that persistent, insect-killing nematodes (that are harmless to plants) have the ability to lower corn root damage whether the crop is Bt or non-Bt. And these nematodes persist for many years and just ... Read More »

Texas A&M BIG conference goes virtual Jan. 5

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be holding the 59th annual Blackland Income Growth, BIG, conference on Jan. 5, 2021, online. The event is free and will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Participants must register online and will then be sent the link for the event, which will be held on the Zoom meeting platform. “The Blackland Income Growth ... Read More »

Researchers look at yield impact of early season weeds

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As the 2020 corn-growing season draws to a close, Syngenta engaged university agricultural researchers from across the United States to analyze the agronomic challenges farmers encountered this season and offer tips on how they can best control weeds and preserve yields heading into 2021. Although weed pressures vary by geography, weed management fundamentals remain consistent throughout the United States. Researchers ... Read More »

New $3 million grant aids Texas A&M AgriLife plant phenotyping research

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With the help of a new $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Texas A&M AgriLife researchers will collaborate to elevate phenotyping for plant science and improving plant growth predictions. Seth Murray, Texas A&M AgriLife Research corn breeder, and Regents Professor Amir Ibrahim, an AgriLife Research small grains breeder and geneticist, both ... Read More »