Reaction to Election and Policy Priorities for NCGA

Lizzy Schultz

Much of the conversation during NAFB’s Trade Talksurrounded the industry’s response to the election of Donald Trump, and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Wesley Spurlock was on hand to discuss what this new administration will means for NCGA and how the organization intends to move forward into the future. “It is great to have the election behind us, …

Two Weeks To NCYC Harvest Deadline

Kelly Marshall

The National Corn Growers Association reminds growers that the deadline for the 2016 National Corn Yield Contest is just a few weeks away.  Online entries must be completed within seven business days of their final yield check, or by November 21, whichever comes first. The online form can be accessed by farmers and seed representatives with the same login process …

Precision Investments Paying Off

Cindy Zimmerman

The chairman of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) says the investment farmers have made in new technology and equipment is paying off for their customers. Maryland farmer Chip Councell, who was attending an event in Detroit this week to promote exports of U.S. coarse grains and ethanol co-products to international buyers, related how farmers in his area were able to …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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,” …

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 …

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 …

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 …