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Fungicide Factors for Corn and Soybeans

Disease pressure continues to be a challenge for corn and soybean producers, with the pathogens varying based on the crop and the geography of the farm. Corn growers often fight northern corn leaf blight, gray leaf spot, southern corn rust and common rust. Soybean growers may battle white mold in the north and froy eye leaf spot further south. Regardless,... Read More

I'm planting most of my garden in Earthboxes this year

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I'm a huge fan of the Earthbox. My best crops of tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, and corn have all been from these wonderful self-watering containers. I really like gardening in self-watering containers. I have made my own, but after...Show More Summary

Corn Yields and Soybean Acres Set 2017 Records

Corn yields and soybean acreage set records in 2017, according to the Crop Production summary from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) out Friday. Corn production was four percent lower in 2017 compared to 2016, but a record high 176.6 bushel per acre yield helped to make up a little bit for the five percent drop in harvested acres. The... Read More

More inexpensive ebook goodies!

You can now download Chuck Wendig Under the Empyrean Sky for only 0.99$ here.Here's the blurb:Fear the Corn.Corn is king in the Heartland, and Cael McAvoy has had enough of it. It's the only crop the Empyrean government allows the people...Show More Summary

Excellent quality for 2017 US corn harvest

An excellent growing season resulted in record yields and fewer mycotoxins for the 2017 corn crop, according to the US Grain Council’s (USGC’s) latest corn quality report.

Engineers make wearable sensors for plants, enabling measurements of water use in crops

Iowa State University plant scientist Patrick Schnable quickly described how he measured the time it takes for two kinds of corn plants to move water from their roots, to their lower leaves and then to their upper leaves.

Bay Area aerial imaging startup teams up to detect disease in crops before outbreaks

An Oakland-based startup is sending its aerial imaging technology to the Midwestern plains to help farmers detect pests and diseases in their corn and soybean fields before an outbreak.

Corn genetics provides insight into the crop's historical spread across the Americas

Iowa State University scientists have taken a journey through the past by studying the genetic changes in corn brought about by domestication.

Chromatin Growing Sorghum Improvements

The first S in the CSS 2017 and Seed Expo is for Sorghum, which was one of the first two crops that started the annual conference back in 1945 as the Corn & Sorghum Conference. Sorghum has come a very long way since then and improvements being made in the crop could make a major difference in developing countries, according... Read More

Can cranberries conquer the world? A US industry depends on it

Name all the billion-dollar crops grown in the U.S. Midwest. The answer: Corn, soybeans and cranberries. Wait, what?

Fewer crops are feeding more people worldwide – and that’s not good

By Karl Zimmerer, Professor of Geography, Pennsylvania State University. Peruvian potatoes and black corn. www.Shutterstock.com One day last March I talked with Juliana and Elisa, a mother and daughter who farmed just outside the city of Huánuco, Peru. Although they had only one acre of land in this mountainous landscape, they grew dozens of local [...]Show More Summary

Maize pest exploits plant defense compounds to protect itself

The western corn rootworm continues to be on the rise in Europe. Why attempts to biologically target this crop pest by applying entomopathogenic nematodes have failed, can now be explained by the amazing defense strategy of this insect. Show More Summary

Maize pest exploits plant defense compounds to protect itself

(Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology) The western corn rootworm continues to be on the rise in Europe. Why attempts to biologically target this crop pest by applying entomopathogenic nematodes have failed, can be explained by the amazing defense strategy of this insect. Show More Summary

Water use, drought-tolerant hybrids still key to dryland crop production

Risk management is the name of the game when it comes to growing dryland sorghum and corn, which both offer cropping alternatives "when and if" conditions are right, according to recent Texas A&M AgriLife studies.

Not Dixon Itself, the GATEWAY to Dixon

Tweet Someday, I’ll try your corn maize, Dixon: Dixon residents Matt and Mark Cooley, owners of Cool Patch Pumpkins, currently hold the Guinness World Record for “largest maze, temporary corn/crop maze”. The maze measured 163,853.83 m² or 40.489 acres.[18] In 2012, Cool Patch Pumpkins broke its own record with a 53-acre maze.[19] In 2014 Cool Patch Pumpkins […]

More Smart Solutions from AMVAC

Jamie and the Golden ZimmComm Microphone were able to find about about more Smart New Solutions from AMVAC during the NAFB convention. Jim Lappin, AMVAC crop marketing manager for corn and soybeans, got another session to talk about some of the new products like ParaZone and ACROPOLIS™. Show More Summary

Report: Kansas almost finished with corn, soybean harvests

The latest crop update from the government shows the majority of the major crops remain to be harvested in Kansas. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 93 percent … Click to Continue »

Corn Crop Increase Surprises

USDA surprised many with the crop production forecast out this month estimating a two percent increase from last month for corn. Based on conditions as of November 1, yields are expected to average 175.4 bushels per acre, up 3.6 bushels from the October forecast and up 0.8 bushel from 2016. If realized, this will be the highest yield on record... Read More

Report: Record crops of corn, soybeans forecast in Kansas

A new government forecast says Kansas is on track to harvest record crops of corn and soybeans. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Thursday that the state's corn crop is … Click to Continue »

Seasons of Change

By Sue Rericha My drive to and from work takes me on the path of a rural highway with trees, corn, and beans leading the way. As we approach fall, I have noticed the leaves starting to change as farmers begin to harvest their crops. During my drive, I’ve had time to think of things […]

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