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.
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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 »