A lot of southern corn production was hampered by wet conditions in 2013, which slowed maturation of the crop. In other years, there are dry conditions that push harvest sooner than expected. In both cases, management of drying and storage can make or break the quality of grain once it’s delivered to a buyer.
Charles Schlabs has been part of an irrigation evolution. From gushes flowing from tailwater pits that once flooded bar ditches, to hi-tech center pivot nozzles that rarely waste even a drop of water, the Hereford, Texas, grower has seen his water-use efficiency improve nearly every year since 1953.
Danny Logan’s farm office wall includes photos of him with Katie Couric and Willard Scott on the Today Show set — taken while he served on the board of Cotton Incorporated, a show sponsor in the 1980s.
SBR, first discovered in the continental U.S. in 2004, is a foliar disease caused by the fungus Phakopsora pachyrhizi. It can be aggressive, capable of causing defoliation and significant yield loss if infection and spread occur under conducive environmental conditions, says Tom Allen, Mississippi State University Extension plant pathologist.
Continuous corn will likely see a slight reduction in yields compared to corn rotated with soybeans or cotton — but with overall production capabilities still high, some growers remain sold on a corn-after-corn program.
Wood Farless and Franz and Karen Rowland are winners of the 2012 Innovation Nation contest sponsored by Syngenta and Farm Press. For their farmer-developed innovations, they win an expense-paid trip to Vero Beach, Fla.
Ricky Campbell farms with his sons, Ricky Jr. and Johnathon, around Winnsboro, La. Like other Delta areas, cotton ruled agriculture here for well over a century, but these days they are more interested in crops measured in bushels.