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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 »

Texas A&M researcher creating better corn yields, quality on less land

• By Kay Ledbetter • As the human population booms, we hear the term “sustainable food supply” a great deal. One Texas A&M AgriLife researcher’s efforts to make corn production, whether for human or livestock consumption, more sustainable has earned him national recognition. Texas A&M AgriLife Research corn breeder Dr. Seth Murray is the Eugene Butler Endowed Chair in the ... Read More »

For whiskey, the proof is in the taste, says Texas A&M student

rob arnold

Plant breeding expert Rob Arnold believes he has found a better tasting corn, which means a better tasting whiskey. Many bourbon drinkers may not know it, but corn is the key ingredient in their favorite drink. What grapes are to wine, corn is to bourbon whiskey. So a few years ago, Texas A&M University doctoral student Rob Arnold had a ... Read More »

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

texas corn harvest

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 »

Promising New Tool

Amanda Huber, Editor

A small, handheld device may soon have a big impact in farming. The device is a Raman spectrometer. Raman spectroscopy measures how molecules scatter harmless laser light and has been found by Texas A&M AgriLife research scientists as a quick, accurate, nondestructive, and portable way to scan produce for its nutrient content. Dmitry Kurouski, assistant professor of biochemistry and biophysics, ... Read More »

Price Above PLC Trigger

corn

In his “Feed Grain Outlook” marketing newsletter, Mark Welch, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension economist, says U.S. corn production decreased by 118 million bushels, according to the November World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. The national average corn yield declined from 168.4 bushels per acre to 167 bushels, 3% below trend. Harvested acreage was unchanged. That number would have been more ... Read More »

Bumper corn crop predicted for 2020

corn harvest

Given increased acres and a return to trend yields, agricultural economists say the corn outlook for 2020 is for a potential bumper crop that could drive down market prices while creating huge stockpiles that could take years to reduce. This could create headaches for many. But about 200 farmers who attended Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service’s 2019 State Corn and ... Read More »

Texas Row Crops Experiencing Light Insect Pressure So Far

corn earworm larva

Row crops in North Texas and the South Plains are in the home stretch and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts want producers to keep a watchful eye on pest infestations. Dr. Allen Knutson, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Dallas, and Blayne Reed, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management specialist, Hale County, reported pest activity in North Texas and the South Plains has ... Read More »

Corn, Sorghum Prices Rally On Crop Uncertainty

texas corn harvest

Corn and sorghum prices have rallied in response to weather-related problems in the Corn Belt, but their future remains uncertain, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension grain economist, College Station, said Texas corn and sorghum growers are reporting better-than-average growing conditions amid higher prices. There is ongoing speculation U.S. corn acres have ... Read More »

Texas A&M Corn Breeder Looks To Build A Better Bourbon

Texas corn bourbon

Dr. Seth Murray may have more than a casual interest in National Bourbon Day on June 14. Murray, Texas A&M AgriLife Research corn breeder and Eugene Butler Endowed Chair in the department of soil and crop sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, has an ongoing research project aimed at producing better whiskey through science. Whiskey is the generic ... Read More »