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Be cautious when interpreting early fall soil-test results

In many regions, early fall has been characterized by exceptionally dry conditions due to low rainfall in late summer and early fall, especially since corn and soybean physiological maturity. This may affect quality of soil samples and soil-test results. FULL STORY »

Goss’s wilt continues to spread, threatens corn yield

Goss's wilt, a corn bacterial disease historically confined to the Great Plains, has spread to several states in the Midwest and is moving north and east. FULL STORY »

Michigan hay markets warming up

Like the last dog days of summer, the Michigan hay market is starting to warm up. With some carryover from the 2010 crop and a good first cutting in 2011, hay prices in Michigan this summer were nothing to brag about, let alone make much of a profit. FULL STORY »

Corn yields with perennial cover crop are equal to traditional farming

Soil quality, water quality, and possibly even farm profits will all benefit by using a perennial cover crop on corn fields that allows for similar yields to traditional farming methods, according to Iowa State University research. FULL STORY »

Plan for pricey fertilizer again next year

If you thought inputs for this year’s crop were expensive, you’re not going to like what experts predict it will cost to buy fertilizer next spring. In fact, they say, brace yourself for fertilizer prices like those experienced in 2009. FULL STORY »

Researchers find protein that regulates plant's growth at night

Farmers and other astute observers of nature have long known that crops like corn and sorghum grow taller at night. But the biochemical mechanisms that control this nightly stem elongation, common to most plants, have been something of a mystery to biologists-until now. FULL STORY »

Research focuses on improving corn heat tolerance

The prospect of rising temperatures in Iowa and the Midwest is predicted to lead to a dramatic decline in corn yield. With a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Iowa State University researchers are looking to develop a corn variety that maintains the region's high yields even as temperatures rise. FULL STORY »

Determine the value of improved silage management

Of course, silage management is important. But it’s not always easy to quantify just how important. To illustrate the effects of silage management on your profitability, check out this spreadsheet, developed by Brian Holmes, University of Wisconsin ag engineer. FULL STORY »

'Atlas' shows corn gene expression information

Just as a road atlas helps travelers find their way, a new corn atlas will help plant scientists navigate vast amounts of gene expression data from the corn plant, as described in the May 10 issue of The Plant Journal. FULL STORY »

Late planting's impact on corn and soybean insects

Questions are surfacing about the impact of late planting on key insect pests of corn and soybeans, says Mike Gray, University of Illinois extension entomologist. Based upon the progress of planting this spring, Gray said he can understand the interest. FULL STORY »

Should you switch corn variety maturity?

Due to recent wet weather across parts of the Corn Belt, growers anxiously await planting the 2011 corn crop. These delays can limit the number of growing days from the crop, prompting questions about switching to earlier hybrids. FULL STORY »

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