Though no one wants to spend more money with corn commodity price so low, it will pay off next spring to have less Palmer amaranth to control in soybean or cotton. With the rain the first week of August, any thin corn stand areas will likely have a heavy flush of Palmer amaranth....More
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service issued Aug. 6 a final environmental impact statement on Dow’s Enlist corn and soybean, stating the technology poses no plant pest risk to agricultural crops or other plants in the United States....More
Southern rust was confirmed Aug. 3 on corn samples from Chesapeake and Suffolk in Virginia, according to Hillary Mehl, assistant professor of plant pathology at the Virginia Tech Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Sufolk....More
At the Southern Peanut Growers Conference in Panama City, Florida, the National Center for Peanut Competitiveness officially launched the "Preliminary Base Acreage and Payment Yields Decision Calculator."...More
As insect pressure intensifies across the region, take a look at what they're dealing with in Florida’s Panhandle: a standing occupation of armyworms, and Georgia peanut farms infested with spider mites.
Drought tolerance and stress tolerance are important traits for corn hybrids in the Southeast which is why Syngenta and other seed companies incorporate those characteristics in the seed they market to farmers in the region...More
It’s August. And though cool, wet weather in some areas delayed crop progress this season, many growers are now shifting to harvest mode. While there is maybe a little lull before harvest, review management duties as you get ready for harvest....More
Plant bugs are proving to be more of a challenge in North Carolina this year with infestations being found and treated farther into the Coastal Plains than usual, but North Carolina State University Extension Entomologist Dominic Reisig stresses that the situation can be easily managed with proper scouting....More
The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers that the Aug. 1 deadline for NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest is fast approaching. Corn growers can register quickly and easily today using the online entry....More
Deep South corn growers are gearing up for corn harvest now, some are easing equipment into fields as weather permits and corn continues to dry down. Corn harvesting equipment has come a long way in the last seven decades -- a long way.
Precision agriculture tools such as Real Time Kinematic (RTK) satellite navigation will go a long way in helping farmers remain competitive, improve efficiency and increase yields as they work to feed a growing world population....More
Two back-to-back field days are set for Thursday, Aug. 14 at the Upper Coastal Plain Research Station near Rocky Mount, N.C. The first is a sorghum field day that begins at 8:30 and concludes at 11:30 while the second is a corn aflatoxin control field day that starts at 1:00 p.m. and wraps up by mid-afternoon The field days include a joint luncheon at 11:30 a.m....More
Though they’ve gotten a deservedly bad reputation in recent years for doing serious crop damage, but not all stink bugs are crop pests. Some are beneficial and prey on other crop pests, especially in vegetable production.
The pesticide registration process – FIFRA – establishes acceptable pesticide residue levels for products approved in the U.S. Meanwhile, foreign governments are increasing oversight and testing of imported food for pesticide residues....More
This is certainly not to suggest a wholesale relocation of the Corn Belt to the Southeast, but there’s potential here for some expansion of irrigation, while other regions of the country have clearly reached their limits....More
Early irrigation termination can hurt yield depending on when you cut the water off. Although kernels outwardly appear mature and corn water use begins declining at the dent stage, this is far too early to terminate irrigation....More
The Field to Market, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture unveiled an agricultural supply chain program, saying it will become a platform for measuring, promoting and reporting on continuous sustainability improvements for U.S. crops....More
Southern Corn Rust has been found in Lenoir and Wayne counties in eastern North Carolina and farmers need to scout their fields and be prepared to make a fungicide application, according to researchers at North Carolina State University....More