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Selecting corn hybrids for 2013

It is that time of year for farmers to place orders for corn seed. Nathan Mueller, SDSU Extension Agronomist, says two questions many growers should ask are: 1) How many hours do I spend selecting corn hybrids? 2) Who and what influence my decision? FULL STORY »

New app for insecticide applications

USDA scientists have released two mobile phone applications to make things easier for anyone who needs to adjust insecticide spray equipment. FULL STORY »

Online dairy classes begin in January

"Advanced Dairy Nutrition" and "Milk Secretion and Mastitis" will be offered by the University of Illinois, beginning Jan. 28. FULL STORY »

Illinois Dairy Summit coming up in January

A wide range of topics will be covered during the three-stop tour, beginning Jan. 22 in Freeport, Ill. FULL STORY »

Aflatoxin research Play video

University of Arkansas plant pathologists are advising farmers on how to prevent the fungal disease aflatoxin from damaging their crop. FULL STORY »

Choosing corn hybrids with diverse genetics

Diversity is an important strategy to mitigate risk. In corn production, this means choosing diverse hybrid genetics to hedge against weather, disease or pest-related risks that might affect any particular product. FULL STORY »

Soil tests may not show accurate nutrient availability

Growers conducting soil tests this fall may be surprised at unexpectedly low potassium (K) levels. It’s likely, however, that fields tested in drought-stricken areas have plenty of nutrients waiting to move back into the soil, according to DuPont Pioneer agronomists. FULL STORY »

Palmer amaranth confirmed in northwest Indiana

Purdue weed scientists with the assistance of Purdue Extension educators and various agricultural industry reps have identified corn and soybean fields in northwestern Indiana that have Palmer amaranth infestations. FULL STORY »

Scientists map the barley genome

In a major advance that will unlock the benefits of the mapping of the barley genome — one of the world's most important cereal crops — work conducted and supported by the USDA in collaboration with researchers around the world has resulted in the most advanced sequencing of the barley genome to date. FULL STORY »

Tapping sorghum's potential for cold tolerance

Sorghum was originally a tropical plant, but USDA scientists in Lubbock, Texas, are looking to Asia to increase sorghum's cold tolerance and expand its production range. FULL STORY »

Be aware of aflatoxin in corn grain, silage

Heat and drought over the summer months created an ideal environment for Aspergillus ear rot to form in corn grain and silage. The disease is caused by a fungus that may produce aflatoxin, which can be harmful to livestock. FULL STORY »

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