NRCS Announces Conservation Funding Opportunities for 2022

I always look to provide good information on opportunities for all our growers. The information release from NRCS regarding funding opportunities in 2022 is important enough to repeat many times over. As we all try to look over the horizon in anticipation of what 2022 may bring, growers need every advantage possible to withstand the… Read More NRCS Announces Conservation Funding Opportunities for 2022

A Supply Chain Update from National Corn Growers Assn

NCGA joined several other members (~50) of the Agriculture Transportation Working Group in submitting comments to the Department of Transportation on the state of the U.S. supply chain. The comments address the many disruptive factors our supply chain is facing and give recommendations on how to alleviate them through legislative and regulatory actions. The comments… Read More A Supply Chain Update from National Corn Growers Assn

Mid-week Ag Updates from around the Country

Today is my first attempt at providing updates, talking points, potential bills, rules, regulations, etc. from industry and our elected and appointed federal officials and agencies.  I will be brief in most cases, but may expand on certain areas of interest to Georgia, particularly.  You will see a format that has a short title and… Read More Mid-week Ag Updates from around the Country

Short Supplies, Rising Cost, Inflation: Definitely Not a Pretty Picture

I’ve debated over the last three weeks about writing an article that addresses the title.  I usually try to have a positive message even when there is a problem that we face.  Most problems can be resolved or prevented.  They sometimes resolve over time without intervention.  Unfortunately, the problems we face currently, I don’t think,… Read More Short Supplies, Rising Cost, Inflation: Definitely Not a Pretty Picture

Corn Harvest Near Completion; Growers Preparing for Peanuts and Cotton that’s Around the Corner

After taking the last several weeks off from blogging since everyone got busy with harvesting, i’ts time to pound on the keyboard as we go into the fall. September’s cool weather begins the signal of finishing the summer season and bringing focus to the fall. Fall harvest has been good to corn growers for the… Read More Corn Harvest Near Completion; Growers Preparing for Peanuts and Cotton that’s Around the Corner

Black Layer Rapidly Forming in Southern Areas

Our earliest planted corn has already reached black layer.  This is the abscission layer in which shuts out all nutrient and water movement into the kernel.  This is an important time to recognize, since it is a visual indication that the kernel has reached it final weight.  Much of the rest of the crop in… Read More Black Layer Rapidly Forming in Southern Areas

Corn Progress Good but Still in Danger; Other Row Crops Good but Pay Attention

Rains over the last week have been most helpful in slowing and conserving irrigation; and much of it came in time to improve some of the dryland production, particularly in N. Georgia.  While some areas have experienced very dry conditions in the previous weeks, setting back some of their production, most row crop producers show… Read More Corn Progress Good but Still in Danger; Other Row Crops Good but Pay Attention

A Georgia row crop disease update.

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.

USDA Update: A Pandemic Premium for Cover Crops

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

Irrigating Corn To Reduce Stress and Make a Profit

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