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El Nino may mean more diseases in corn due to delayed planting

In Southeast Farm Press

By Clint Thompson, University of Georgia

El Nino weather pattern will likely interfere with Georgia corn planting in March. A delay would increase the likelihood of diseases, too. Growers are advised to plant resistant varieties and be ready to apply fungicides earlier than normal.

A wet winter has already saturated Georgia’s soils, and more wet and cool conditions are expected through the first part of spring, according to UGA agricultural climatologist Pam Knox. “The rains associated with passing storms will keep soils wet for the foreseeable future,” she said. Continue reading

UK Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day approaching

Specialists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host the Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day July 31 at the UK research farm in Princeton.

The field day begins at 7:30 a.m. CDT and features tours of UK research plots of the three crops. A total of four tours, three of which center around grain crops and one for tobacco, will run concurrently, but producers will have opportunities to visit all.

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Goss’s wilt moving eastward from Great Plains

From Delta Farm Press

While Goss’s wilt wasn’t a significant problem in 2012, more intense storm systems this year could cause it to emerge as a problem for corn growers as the disease continues its movement eastward from the Great Plains.

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New disease in Louisiana corn

In Delta Farm Press

by Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter

Louisiana corn growers are waiting for confirmation that Goss’s wilt disease has been found in some corn fields in Madison Parish.

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Protecting bees while planting corn and soybeans

From Corn and Soybean Digest

There are concerns with possible bee kills from the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments when planting corn. The neonicotinoids, when applied to the seed, get mixed with the talc that is used to allow seeds to flow more easily in the planters, and then the insecticides plus talc enter the environment during planting or when the seed boxes are cleaned. This “dust” can settle on flowering plants and weeds that bees will use for forage, or perhaps contact the bees or nearby hives directly resulting in bee mortality.

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Start the season off right with at-planting corn insect pest decisions

From Southeast Farm Press

There are many management efforts you can take before your corn seed goes into the ground.

Some of these actions are simply insurance and some of them, like your choice of hybrid, are the best insect management decision choices you’ll make all year.

Here are some things you may want to consider for slugs, sugarcane beetle, wireworms, billbugs, and grubs:

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UK researchers conducting comprehensive poultry litter study

Previous research studies have shown poultry litter applications have many benefits for corn and soybean producers, but these benefits have not been quantified or integrated into one comprehensive research study. UK College of Agriculture researchers are doing just that.

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