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Steps To Successful Grain Storage

Stored grains can be heavily damaged by insects if they are not properly conditioned and protected. Small grains, including wheat, are harvested in spring and stored through the hottest and most humid months of the year. Reducing the likelihood of insect problems in stored grain begins with cleaning equipment that will be used to harvest, handle and store the grain. ... Read More »

Control Weeds Prior To Planting: Burndown Timing and Options

As fields begin to dry and the extended forecast predicts better conditions for weed management strategies, burndown applications will be going out. Research has shown that burndown applications need to be applied four to six weeks prior to planting to prevent physical competition between weeds and the crop as well as to reduce the chance of damage from insects such ... Read More »

Market Outlook: Tips to Increase Efficiency and Profitability

Editor’s Note: Reports in this month’s Corn South Market Outlook are from Mark Welch, Texas AgriLife Extension economist, with Regional agronomist, Brandon A. Dillard, of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, offering four points to help producers increase efficiency and profitability in 2015. The opinions and recommendations expressed are solely those of the authors and are intended for educational purposes only. ... Read More »

Don’t Fail to Plan

For 2015, work to protect yields and find ways to be strategic. How will 2014 shape the 2015 season, and why was there such a price drop for corn this year? The truth is that prices were unusually high from 2011 to 2013 for several reasons: increasing ethanol production, strong imports from China and a severe U.S. drought in 2012. ... Read More »

Fertility Management

Soil fertility levels, yield goals, weather and placement all play a part in nutrient uptake. Producers understand the judicious use of fertilizer. Too much or too little can have catastrophic effects on the crop and on the wallet as well. Fertilizer recommendations depend on the soil fertility level as determined by soil tests and the yield goal, but keep in ... Read More »

New Products for 2015: Companies offer new ways to help protect your crop

Xanthion In-furrow Fungicide Xanthion In-furrow fungicide from BASF will provide corn growers with an additional tool to protect their seed investment and maximize yield potential in the 2015 season. “A new tool to help growers start their season off strong, this product is different than other early season crop management treatments because it provides extended residual control by forming a ... Read More »

Corn Hybrids: Southern Lineup For 2015

AgVenture Midsouth Dulaney Seed RL6991HB (106 RM) Good standability throughout the season with superb roots Great drought tolerance combined with excellent heat tolerance Herculex I Insect Protection with impressive yield potential Great early option for South with two years of performance history R7844 (110 RM) Adapted to both high yield and high stress conditions Very good Greensnap resistance and good ... Read More »

Storage Tips

Last year, in some cases, corn that was harvested in Mississippi was what could generally be considered highmoisture corn. Some farmers received a premium by harvesting high-moisture corn and taking it straight to the elevator. However, managing high-moisture corn is not easy since corn that goes directly into on-farm storage needs to be quickly dried to less than 15 percent ... Read More »