From time to time, I like giving updates from Dr. Bob Kemerait, UGA Plant Pathologist and all other Extension corn team members. The following is a timely update from Dr. Bob: “Here is our current crop “sit rep”: 1. Weather- warm, humid, coming off rains, is generally favorable for spread of fungal diseases. 2. We… Read More A Georgia row crop disease update.
Producers who have crop insurance coverage may qualify for a premium benefit in a new USDA pandemic assistance program if they planted cover crops for the 2021 crop year. The Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday some cover crop acreage could be eligible for the Pandemic Cover Crop Program offered by USDA’s Risk Management Agency. The program is designed to help… Read More USDA Update: A Pandemic Premium for Cover Crops
I published a portion of this topic last year and thought it appropriate to republish some of it due to current conditions. Growing degree units are accumulating at daily maximum and the heat (93 degrees+) is pushing the crop and it will be difficult to keep up with the daily water demand in corn. If… Read More Irrigating Corn To Reduce Stress and Make a Profit
Some rain began to fall in dry areas this week which was much needed, but unfortunately, it brought hail, lodging and some flooding in areas of north and east Georgia. This is certainly the time of year we can expect reasonable rainfall to occur throughout Georgia but the last couple of events have been more… Read More Needed Rain Brings High Winds, Hail and some Flooding
This time of the year on the farm is always busy with planting, managing crops, getting supplies, moving tractors from field to field, troubleshooting problems, fixing equipment…..the list goes on and on. So, you certainly get the picture. There is much to do but little time to do it, right? IF you planted over a… Read More It May be a Good Time to Stop and Assess our Corn Crop
IF you are watching the weather forecast for the state, it will get much colder over the next few days. Just how cold remains to be seen. When it comes to our corn crop, should I be concerned? First, I will point you to Dr. Eric Prostko’s blog post, https://ugaweedscience.blogspot.com/ , regarding the potential spraying… Read More Cold Days Ahead for Corn
What is climate-smart agriculture? Well…..there are a lot of definitions of this term and they don’t always mean the same thing, but it is about to become policy in many areas of our government. Taking a tag line from the movie Apollo 13, “Houston, we have a problem”. USDA published in the Federal Register a… Read More Climate Smart Agriculture?
In the southern part of the state, corn growers are busy either planting or preparing ground to plant. Every day is crucial to move towards hitting the ideal window for good yields in corn. Yet, so many other needs on the farm, need the same attention. If you happen to have any small grain production,… Read More Check Your Small Grain Fields for Aphids
A big mistake that I see growers make in an attempt to be effective in controlling weeds in corn is waiting too long before they take action. Most of the time, it is with good intentions. Too many growers wait in hopes of getting most or all of the weeds to emerge before applying a… Read More Early Weed Control A Must in Reducing Yield Loss in Field Corn
Ok…What is a flag test? Simply, it is a way to look at and determine factors that influence corn seed emergence and the affect that it has on yield. This test takes a little time going to the field every day watching for your seed to germinate and emerge. Once you start you will see… Read More Is a Flag Test in Corn of any Value?