By Robert Klein, Extension Western Nebraska Crop Specialist
Skip-row is a practice that can increase the success on rainfed corn if one has at least 4,000 pounds of wheat residue (the residue from a 40-bushel wheat crop — spread evenly). A stripper header improves the value of this residue because it lasts longer.
For many producers, spring planting is late. While everyone is anxious to get a crop planted, corn yield may not be as tied to planting date as we think. In fact, planting into good soil conditions may be just as important as planting date.
Herbicide resistance management continues to be a priority for corn and soybean growers, and they’re working together more effectively to slow the spread of resistant weeds, according to a survey sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection at the 2015 Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Ariz.
Though this pest has been in decline since the early 2000’s, when Bt-traited corn was becoming predominantly grown in the state, it is very obvious that their many other hosts, including weeds and vegetables, has kept them present.
U.S. feed grain ending stocks for 2014/15 are projected higher with increases for corn, barley, and oats, only partly offset by a reduction for sorghum. Projected corn ending stocks are raised 50 million bushels with a reduction in expected feed and residual use reflecting December-February disappearance as indicated by March 1 stocks.