1. Immigration reform – action in Congress? Immigration reform builds momentum in Congress. Migrant workers are vital to U.S. agricultural interests, who are keen to bend the coming legislation to their best advantage.

2. Bankers confirm 2012 was good year for farmers Farm income in the Memphis and Little Rock areas for the fourth quarter of 2012 reflected a "notable increase" over the same time a year ago.

3. Cut-off date for planting corn As rains delay corn-planting progress, concerns are raises about the appropriate “cut-off” date for planting corn. Grain specialist Erick Larson discusses MSU research.

4. How cold and rain affect seed treatments Rain with cold temperatures might have had a negative impact corn and rice seed treatments in fields planted in recent weeks, especially in soils saturated for a long period of time.

5. Resistant barnyardgrass challenge on farms Barnyardgrass has tormented farmers while picking up resistance to a wide range of herbicides. And without agronomic changes, the weed is likely to ratchet up the pressure on Mid-South crops.

6. Tebuconazole label restrictions in wheat Plant pathologist Tom Allen discusses label restrictions on a popular fungicide chemistry for use in wheat, especially to manage such diseases as stripe rust.

7. Remote guidance systems for peanuts Peanut growers need to think about investing in RTK guidance systems, says Kris Balkcom. Harvest more peanuts by reducing losses, particularly on rolling, curved, or terraced fields.

8. Calibration tips for insecticides Proper calibration can mean the difference in control or failure of a product against the targeted pests. Extension entomologist Angus Catchot answers your questions.

9. Drought leaves agriculture vulnerable Repercussions of the 2012 drought are set to challenge the 2013 growing season. Corn Belt is especially vulnerable.

10. Planting dates, plant populations interact in final yieldsWith corn acres expected to be at near-record highs in the South this spring, many growers are fine-tuning their production practices — tweaking things such as plant populations and planting dates.

 

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