At harvest, corn producers must decide whether to sell their corn “wet” and pay a drying charge that correlates with grain moisture, or store the grain themselves and incur the cost of drying the grain to a moisture content that allows the corn to be safely stored.
Upcoming annual meetings of the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) and its sister regional organizations will tackle a wide range of topics vital to the future of weed science – from how to manage herbicide-resistant weeds to new developments in weed research.
Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are wrapping up a two-year study to determine the best combination of corn hybrids, planting dates and maturity to maintain yield and maximize water-use efficiency.
In 2014, Acuron corn herbicide from Syngenta, which features four active ingredients, including new bicyclopyrone, and three complementary modes of action, was evaluated at 167 plot locations. These locations included 95 on-farm Syngenta locations, 54 university locations and 18 distributor locations spread across 35 states.
Putting grain into storage has always been a common practice, especially after a season of above-average production, like 2014. But it's not just about finding a place to hold increased yield. There are financial reasons for growers to delay selling all their grain immediately after harvest.
"The grain market is better in January," said Craig Abell, a Syngenta business development manager. "If growers aren’t locked into a local elevator, they can shop around for the best price."
Acuron, the newest Syngenta corn herbicide with four active ingredients, including new bicyclopyrone, and three modes of action, is anticipated to receive EPA registration in time for the 2015 growing season.
Based on the worn adage that “big crops get bigger”, analysts generally expected the USDA’s November Crop Production report to contain larger forecasts for the size of the current U.S. corn and soybean harvest. The soybean production forecast was larger, but the corn forecast was smaller than the October forecast.
Dow AgroSciences announced it will launch its innovative Enlist Duo herbicide for the 2015 crop season. Enlist Duo is part of the Enlist Weed Control System, a herbicide-tolerant trait technology for corn and soybeans. The herbicide will provide new advantages for the management of hard-to-control and resistant weeds. It will be launched in conjunction with a stewarded introduction of Enlist corn, and seed production of Enlist soybeans in 2015.
Glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth, first confirmed in Louisiana in 2010, continues to spread south in Louisiana, said LSU AgCenter weed scientist Daniel Stephenson. But Louisiana farmers have learned from their peers in other states that early control can be the answer to preventing spread of this persistent weed.
“Palmer amaranth can be controlled, but success takes persistence,” Stephenson said. “The only practice that’s foolproof is zero tolerance. Any plants that aren’t killed by pesticides must be removed and burned.”