Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest Seeking Entries🌽

Lizzy Schultz

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is once again inviting amateur and professional photographers to help tell the story of farming American field corn through the third annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. The contest allows the nation’s corn growers to submit high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest. Those who have already submitted entires can also enter additional photos, …

Ag Group, Contest, Corn, Farmers, NCGA

Exports Offer Bright Spot in USDA Corn Report

Kelly Marshall

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released its new corn forecast report and predicts that this year’s corn harvest will reach 15.057 bushels. Although this is down around 36 million bushels from last month’s estimates, it is still predicted to be another record crop. The World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates Report also lowered corn supplies for 2016/2017 from …

Ag Group, Corn, NCGA, USDA

Alltech Mycotoxin Forecast

Jamie Johansen

Dr. Max Hawkins, Alltech nutritionist, is the one behind the scenes making sense of all the numbers and values collected from samples and creating the mycotoxin risk assessments. These assessments are sent out to the Alltech sales force and customer ensuring they get the most information back from a sample as possible. The World Dairy Expo was a perfect venue …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Corn, Forage, Nutrient Management, World Dairy Expo

DuPont Pioneer and CIMMYT Form Alliance

Kelly Marshall

DuPont Pioneer and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) will be working together to advance the CRISPR-Cas technology.  A new Master Alliance Agreement details their cooperation in finding characteristics that address the needs of smallholder famers across the globe. “Working together with CIMMYT will enable smallholder farmers to benefit from technology like CRISPR-Cas, helping them solve their challenges,” …

Agribusiness, Corn, Dupont Pioneer, wheat

DuPont Pioneer Finds Potential Insect Control Traits

Kelly Marshall

Researchers at DuPont Pioneer have discovered a protein from a non-Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) bacterium source.  Science Magazine published findings that show this protein is a promising alternative for controlling corn root worm in North American  and Europe. “This research represents a breakthrough for addressing a major challenge in agriculture,” said Neal Gutterson, vice president, Research & Development, DuPont Pioneer. “We …

Agribusiness, Corn, Dupont Pioneer, Traits

Accurate Yield Forecasts from Descartes Labs

Kelly Marshall

In August Descartes Labs offered their first 2016 U.S. Corn Yield Forecast and now they’re adding soybeans to the weekly forecast as well. The forecast is significant because the company is using satellites and weather data to analyze spectral signatures for corn, offering information about crop health and relative productivity.  Using a petabyte of data, 30,000 computers and 16 hours …

Agribusiness, Corn, Soybeans, yields

Think Outside-the-Box with StollerUSA

Kelly Marshall

Farmers need to start thinking differently about plant yields, says Larry Lintner of Stoller. The inside-the-box approach of managing NP&K and handling weed pressure isn’t enough to truly get that-high-end yield potential out of a plant. Instead he encourages growers to use plant science from germination to harvest to keep the plant healthy, balance hormones, and make yields align to …

Agribusiness, Audio, Corn, Farm Progress Show, Soybeans, StollerUSA

#Corn Growers at #FarmProgressShow

Cindy Zimmerman

Officers of the National Corn Growers Association spent time with media, farmers, industry partners and academics during the 2016 Farm Progress Show this week to share the organization’s key priorities and messages. The clear intent of our effort is to communicate the economic challenges farmers are facing and leverage NCGA’s position as a thought leader to raise awareness and drive …

Audio, Corn, Farm Progress Show, NCGA

Eight Row Folding Corn Head Unveiled by @JohnDeere

Kelly Marshall

Brand new from John Deere is an option for an 8-row folding corn head.  The 608FC corn head can be used with group 6 and 7 S-Series combines, offering an easier solution for transporting on narrow roads.  It also eliminates the need for header trailers, tow vehicles and related manpower. “Harvesting with a new John Deere 8 row folding corn …

Corn, Equipment, Farm Progress Show, Harvesting, John Deere

Iowa Farmers Call for Cooperation in Biotech Trade Issues

Kelly Marshall

The International Maize Alliance (MAIZALL) sent representatives to Sao Paulo, Brazil last month for the 2016 Global Agribusiness Forum.  Pam Johnson, former president of the Nation Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and Julius Schaff, former chair of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) represented Iowa Corn farmers as part of the coalition to address the challenges of innovation and food security.  Both …

Ag Group, biotechnology, Corn