Following the January 12 USDA Crop Production and Grain Stocks reports it's becoming increasingly clear that the story in corn and soybean markets for the foreseeable future will be the ongoing pace of consumption.
EPA is seeking public comment on a proposed framework intended to delay the corn rootworm pest becoming resistant to corn genetically engineered to produce Bt pesticides. The Agency is open to suggestions for alternative approaches that would achieve this objective.
To help U.S. corn growers and consultants tackle growing insect resistance to Bt corn, university researchers have developed an online seminar series titled "Corn Rootworm Management in the Transgenic Era."
By R.L. (Bob) Nielsen, Jason Lee, & Jim Camberato, Purdue University
One of the reasons that plant population is a popular topic in coffee shops, Internet chat rooms, the farm press and crop seminars is that variable rate seeding technology is rapidly becoming a standard accessory on corn planters.
U.S. feed grain supplies for 2014/15 are projected lower with a reduction in corn production more than offsetting an increase in sorghum. Harvested area for corn is increased slightly, but the national average yield is estimated 2.4 bushel per acre lower at 171.0 bushels per acre. Corn production is estimated 191 million bushels lower. Yield and production, however, both remain records. Sorghum production is raised 25 million bushels with increases estimated for both harvested area and yield.
Corn stored in all positions on December 1, 2014 totaled 11.2 billion bushels, up 7 percent from December 1, 2013. Of the total stocks, 7.09 billion bushels are stored on farms, up 11 percent from a year earlier. Off-farm stocks, at 4.12 billion bushels, are up 1 percent from a year ago.