ALERT: Ninth Court Decision on Use of Dicamba Products in Cotton and Soybeans

Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit ordered EPA to vacate registrations for 3 dicamba herbicides for use on dicamba tolerant soybeans and cotton. The court stated that EPA substantially understated risks that it acknowledged and failed to acknowledge other risks. Further, the court asserts EPA understated the number of acres on which dicamba was used and the… Read More ALERT: Ninth Court Decision on Use of Dicamba Products in Cotton and Soybeans

Southern Corn Rust found in North Florida Fields

Dr. Bob Kemerait, UGA Plant Pathologist sent the following note and picture this afternoon: “Greetings – heads up- right on time.  Southern corn rust found in Madison Co. FL today just south of the Georgia line.  Established in 2 fields of corn; relatively new.  With approaching weather this weekend, I advise growers in Deep South… Read More Southern Corn Rust found in North Florida Fields

Some Current Environmental Conditions Spell Trouble for Some Corn

One of the more common complaints I hear later in the production season after what seems to be good weather for great corn yield is barren tips. Usually, this happens after growers walk into the fields when corn reaches R5 and they discover ears with one to two-inch barren tips. What are some of the… Read More Some Current Environmental Conditions Spell Trouble for Some Corn

Hail Damage in Corn

This is certainly the time of year we can expect hail storms to occur throughout Georgia.  Some can be quite severe as most of us have experienced.  Ever year we experience some type of hail damage in our crops.  The question is how much damage is enough to cause yield loss.  Fortunately, there is a… Read More Hail Damage in Corn

Markets Continue to Tread Water Post WASDE Report and Begin to Monitor Weather.

Today, I am posting an article by a guest writer, John Chapman with Palmetto Grain Brokerage.  It is important that we look at the long term markets of all our crops given the interuption of COVID-19.  Since this is a corn growers blog, I’ve asked him to focus on our corn market. “What information is… Read More Markets Continue to Tread Water Post WASDE Report and Begin to Monitor Weather.

Pay Close Attention to Current Water Use: Don’t Get Behind!

This blog entry is long so forgive me, but it is important to me to explain the importance of irrigating in our current conditions. I certainly appreciate, Dr. Wes Porter, UGA irrigation specialist and ag engineer weighing in on the topic by adding his expertise. Collaboration from the UGA Corn Team is always appreciated and… Read More Pay Close Attention to Current Water Use: Don’t Get Behind!

Corn Silks, Stink Bugs, and Foliar Diseases: a Bad Combination

Early planted corn in South Georgia is near tasseling or in a few cases in the early silking stage. This is a time when corn is extremely vulnerable to any stink bug infestation and also to some foliar diseases. First, I strongly encourage all corn growers to thoroughly scout your fields or have your crop… Read More Corn Silks, Stink Bugs, and Foliar Diseases: a Bad Combination

Irrigating Corn to Make a Profit

I have written about irrigating corn over the years quite a bit.  Having advised on the crop since the early 80’s and watch corn growers go from a majority of dryland production to irrigating the crop, the value of irrigation to corn has continued to improve the more we learn how to effectively and efficiently… Read More Irrigating Corn to Make a Profit

Expect to See Spots on Corn Now with Peanut and Cotton Planting.

It is expected during this time of year to see lots of leaf spotting on corn that may be confused with diseases.  I expect that 99% of the time it is due to paraquat drift and the paraquat may come from your neighbor across the woods and down the road.  Yes, herbicides can drift a… Read More Expect to See Spots on Corn Now with Peanut and Cotton Planting.

A New Multi-crop Update from UGA Plant Pathologist-Dr. Bob Kemerait

I appreciate Dr. Kemerait sharing his thoughts and recommendations with me on crops he has state responsibility for and allowing me to provide his insights to you.  All within the quotes are directly his thoughts.  He is sharing his email to Georgia’s Extension Ag Agents and a few others such as our association.  I will… Read More A New Multi-crop Update from UGA Plant Pathologist-Dr. Bob Kemerait