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New lessons to protect corn from fungal infection

Smut fungi are agents of disease responsible for significant crop losses worldwide. Principal Investigator, Thomas Smith and Research Associate Member, Dilip Shah at The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center collaborated on a project to develop a variety of corn that is highly resistant to corn smut caused by the fungus, Ustilago maydis. FULL STORY »

Study to determine best management strategy for burcucumber in corn

Burcucumber can be one of the most difficult weeds to manage in corn. It can emerge well into the growing season and its vines can spread up to 25 feet and twine around corn plants. FULL STORY »

Entomologist: Winter not likely to slow corn pest's advance

Corn farmers who might have hoped that a new insect threat would be slowed by this winter's frigid temperatures could be disappointed, says a Purdue University Extension entomologist. FULL STORY »

Researchers set their sights on maintaining sustainable corn systems

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) has awarded a $20 million grant to nine land-grant universities and two USDA Agricultural Research Service institutions. The research will focus on keeping Midwest corn-based cropping systems resilient in the face of future climate uncertainties. FULL STORY »

Updated reference guide allows rapid diagnosis of in-field problems

Purdue University Extension's 2011 Corn and Soybean Field Guide, a pocket-sized reference guide that allows farmers to quickly analyze troubled areas in their fields, is now available. The guide, updated annually, is filled with photographs and information to help diagnose and manage problems such as weeds, diseases and insects. FULL STORY »

Plan for 2011 crop production expenses now

The cost of growing crops is expected to grow in the year ahead, according to Purdue University estimates.

The 2011 Purdue Crop Cost & Return Guide projects that farmers could see double-digit increases in variable costs, which include fertilizer, seed, pesticides, fuel, machinery and other expenses not related to labor or land rental.

Get more mileage from your silage

Dairy producers see benefits from using Pioneer brand 11CFT inoculant. FULL STORY »

Scientists sequence corn genome

Scientists from several laboratories collaborated to map the corn genome, which will provide plant breeders with new tools for improving yield, disease resistance and other traits. FULL STORY »

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