Wet Weather Sends Planters to the Shed

Kelly Marshall

It’s discouraging when the writer in the family is busier than the farmer, but if your planter was in the shed this week take solace– so was ours.  And since misery loves company, here’s the latest USDA report showing national corn planting progress falling behind last year and the five year average. Texans are doing well, with more than 60 percent planted and …

Corn, Cotton, Planting, Sorghum, Soybeans, USDA

Robotics Aid in the Study of Corn

Kelly Marshall

Two years ago the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a $20 million grant to the University of Missouri to study corn root growth during drought. Thanks to that funding, engineers at Mizzou led by associate professor Gui DeSouze have created a robotic system to aid in the study of crops and plant composition. “I’ve been working with CAFNR (College of …

Corn, Research, Robot

U.S. Farmers Expected to Plant Record-High Soybeans

Kelly Marshall

Production surveys from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) show farmers across the nation are planning on approximately 89.5 million acres of soybeans this growing season. That’s seven percent more than last year’s record high of 83.4 million acres. The largest increase is expected in Kansas, with just under a million acres in increase. Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North …

Corn, Planting, Soybeans, USDA, wheat

3RIVE 3D Means Farming Faster

Kelly Marshall

Rick Ekins from FMC, and Chuck have talked about their 3RIVE 3D platform several times since it was introduced and Commodity Classic provided another opportunity.  With spring planting upon us, here’s a quick summation of what 3RIVE 3D can provide: 3RIVE 3D is a new way to deliver crop protection products for seedling defense and yield enhancement Easily mounts to …

Agribusiness, Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, FMC, Planting, Video

Corn Advocacy is Always in Season

Kelly Marshall

Sharing the story of agriculture just got a little easier, thanks to Illinois corn farmer, Justin Durdan.  He spent 2016 filming 360 degree, panoramic, season-long action shots of his family’s corn and soybean farm in Lasalle County, and now the four-video series is ready for sharing on your social media feeds. You can link to these videos at www.watchusgrow.org/home-grown-corn to help your …

Advocacy, Corn

2016 USDA Corn and Soybean Reports Complete

Kelly Marshall

It’s been touted for months, but the USDA’s final Crop Production 2016 Summary finally confirms it, last year was a record-high yield for corn and soybeans. In 2016 corn growers produced 15.1 billion bushels- 11 percent higher than 2015. Average yield is estimated to be 174.6 bushels per acre, up 6.2 bushels over the last crop. The National Agricultural Statistics …

Corn, Soybeans, USDA

New Analysis Reaffirms Importance of Ethanol

Kelly Marshall

A brand new USDA analysis finds that U.S. corn-based ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent compared to gasoline, greater than previous estimates and something the ethanol industry has been saying for years. Unlike other studies of GHG benefits, which relied on forecasts of future ethanol production systems and expected impacts on the farm sector, the new “Life-Cycle Analysis …

Corn, Ethanol, NCGA, USDA

#Farmers Find #GMOs Sustainable

Cindy Zimmerman

A new survey finds that the main reason farmers have increased their use of genetically modified (GM) crops is sustainability. The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) surveyed farmers on their attitudes towards GM technology and found that farmers believe biotechnology helps raise crops more efficiently, and that the environment and sustainability practices …

Audio, biotechnology, Corn, GMO, NCGA, sustainability, USFRA

NCGA Announces 2016 Yield Contest Winners

Kelly Marshall

This year’s entires into the National Corn Growers Association 2016 National Corn yield Contest showed some of the highest results ever, with a record five entries surpassing the 400 bushel per acre mark.  Six production categories mean there is no overall winner, but the top three entries in each of the six categories averaged more than 375 bushels per acre.  When …

Ag Group, Contest, Corn, NCGA

Nuclear Methods Help MU Researchers Battle Pests

Kelly Marshall

Researchers at the University of Missouri are using nuclear methods to find ways to feed the growing populations.  Their process has allowed them to determine the mechanisms corn plants use to battle the western corn rootworm.  Now scientists believe that information could help them develop lines of resistance in corn. “The western corn rootworm is a voracious pest,” said Richard …

Corn, Research