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WHAT CROP PRODUCTION CHALLENGES WILL FARMERS FACE IN 2019?

As we prepare for the New Year, it is always good to look ahead to see what some crop production issues and challenges farmers may face in 2019. As happens every year, there will likely be some good, some bad and some in-between. There also will likely be some challenges no one saw coming. Read more to know what crop production challenges will farmers face in 2019?

 
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HOW THE EAR TYPE AND PLANT STRUCTURE OF CORN HYBRIDS CAN IMPACT YIELD

The annual corn crop average in the U.S. is 175 bu. per acre. This is noteworthy in light of the fact that premium-quality seed corn has the potential to produce approximately 500 bu. per acre. So why the disparity? Read more to know how the ear type and plant structure of corn hybrids can impact yield.

 
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ARE EARLY SEED DISCOUNTS WORTH IT?

Corn producers are already planning for next year and now is the time when many seed companies are offering hybrids at discounted prices. Click here to read more details on this topic.

 
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THE IMPORTANCE OF SCOUTING FIELDS

One of the most important farm management practices is scouting fields. While some farmers may hire a commercial scouting service, farmers should perform at least some scouting on their own so they can see for themselves how their crops are performing. Read more to know about the importance of scouting fields.

 
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CAREFULLY-TIMED PURCHASES COULD SAVE ON FERTILIZER COSTS

For the first time in years, fertilizer costs for corn are on the rise. Economists say that fertilizer costs for corn could increase $15 per acre next year while fertilizer costs for soybeans could increase by about $5 per acre. Read more to know about carefully-timed purchases could save on fertilizer costs

 
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ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF FALL FERTILIZER APPLICATIONS

There are decided advantages to fall fertilizer application. It reduces the workload from the spring to fall and seed operations can be dramatically improved. It also helps to reduce fertilizer handling when seedingRead more to know about advantages and disadvantages of fall fertilizer applications.

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WHY NO-TILL CAN MAKE GOOD SENSE

Leaving corn residue on fields provides a protective blanket for soil. This reduces erosion and water runoff by increasing water infiltration. But as good as this sounds, many farmers understandably ask, “How much residue is too much?” Read more to know why no-till can make good sense.

 
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The Benefits of Planting Winter Rye

Fall-seeded winter grains help to eliminate many of the issues associated with spring planting. One of these issues is trying to plant in wet soil. Winter grains also provide cover to avoid soil erosion in the winter and spring. Read here know the benefits of planting winter rye.

 
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CHOOSING THE RIGHT ALFALFA VARIETY TAKES TIME AND RESEARCH

The choice of alfalfa seeds can be difficult. While some will say the cheapest variety is the way to go, agricultural and seed experts will tell you that this is rarely the case. In fact, variety performance almost always trumps price. Click here to read more details on this topic.

 
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Look Beyond Seed Corn To Cut Production Costs

Many farmers look to save money on the cost of seed corn. The fact is, however, that cutting seed corn costs won’t do much for profits when you look at overall yield.  Click here to read more on this topic.

 
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Why Some Farmers Aren’t Sold on Cover Crops

Cover crops seem to be all the rage these days. However, not everyone is sold on the idea of cover crops, including many farmers.  Read more to know why some farmers aren''t sold on cover crops

 
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WHY FARMERS DON’T SAVE SEEDS

Many individuals mistakenly believe that it makes good sense for farmers to save seeds from the current year to plant the next year. After all, purchasing seeds is a significant expense, right? The fact is, the practice of saving seeds was for the most part abandoned in the 1930s with the advent of hybrids. Read more to know why farmers don''t have seeds

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Corn Detasseling 101

If you grew up on a farm, chances are you know all about seed corn detasseling. Many people are unaware of how the process works, however, and still others don’t even know what it is in the first place. Read More to know about Corn Detasseling 101 from Terning.

 
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Wet Weather Can Throw a Wrench in Weed Control

Extreme weather conditions are a fact-of-life for farmers. Such conditions bring to mind the old farming adage, “A dry year will scare you to death but a wet year will kill you.”While dry weather is likely to reduce yields, it is unlikely to impact quality. Wet weather is a different story and can lead to mold and plant disease. Read More to know about weed control from Terning.

 
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Can Insects and Weeds be Managed with Conventional Corn Hybrids?

Some farmers today are finding that they are able to manage insects and weeds with conventional corn hybrids. But that doesn’t mean the practice will work for everyone.

There are several reasons why some farmers are choosing to go this route. These include weed resistance and declining populations of pests. To make it worth their while, however, farmers will need to employ rigorous scouting and pest management methods.

Agronomists will tell you that it is not just genetics that have the greatest impact on yields but rather the management of those genetics. And when corn followed soybeans, trait packages were basically the same.

Of course, not all farmers are ready to make the jump to conventional corn hybrids and demand for Bt corn continues to rise. In fact, two out of every three corn acres in the United States are planted with Bt hybrids. Why? Farmers know that Bt adoption positively impacts both yields and profits.

Finding the right conventional corn hybrid takes time. There are a lot of good choices and there are no clear-cut winners. It may take a lot of trial and error to get just the right mix of corn hybrids.

Crop rotation is an important aspect of a conventional corn hybrid-only approach, as well. In the Corn Belt, for example, rotation is an effective way to control rootworm. Even when there is a heavy infestation of rootworm, taking corn out of the field for a year, can eliminate it. This is not always the case, however. If volunteer corn in soybeans is not controlled or you farm in an area where rootworms have adapted to the rotation, the need for insecticide will remain.

If you are considering making the switch to conventional corn hybrids, you must have the necessary equipment and manpower to make the switch. Conventional corn hybrids are generally more labor-intensive, so it might make more sense to plant some Bt corn, as well. Another thing to keep in mind is that your management strategy is going to have to be more long-term. In other words, if you want to use the same practice year in and year out, conventional corn hybrids is not your best option.

Switching to conventional corn hybrids may not be for everyone but they can be a good choice for some. Do your research before you make the switch to make sure it makes sense for your operation.

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