A Good Reason to Know Corn Physiology

Sometimes when I say the word “physiology” in a sentence, I suddenly see this distant gaze in a person’s eyes.  Physiology, growth, development, enzymes, tissue are words that are not commonly used in a conversation unless you are talking about biology or some related science.  On Mar. 13th, Georgia experienced below freezing temperatures ranging from… Read More A Good Reason to Know Corn Physiology

Commodity Classic, Rising Input Cost, Ukraine-Russia War

The last couple of months have been difficult for many Georgia growers.  Rising input costs, uncertainties in the market, supply chains issues, rapidly rising energy costs, inflation, changes in weather events, and life in general.  Growers frequently lean on the different ag associations to collectively voice many of their concerns and rightfully so.  The last… Read More Commodity Classic, Rising Input Cost, Ukraine-Russia War

Time for Planning and Decision Making on this Summer Crop Season

I suspect the foremost decision-making factors in moving towards a new crop season this year are input prices and the resulting return on your investment.  As I check the futures market, I am comforted by the fact that cotton and soybean prices are very good and corn, slightly above average, while Georgia’s peanut price per… Read More Time for Planning and Decision Making on this Summer Crop Season

Another Short D.C. Update that affects U.S.:

The Biden administration is temporarily imposing a vaccine mandate on noncitizens entering the country, which could pose a problem for farmers. This will impose mandates on all H-2A Visa holders and also truck drivers crossing the border. This is likely to reduce available temporary workers this spring while it appears the need for more workers… Read More Another Short D.C. Update that affects U.S.:

USDA Announces Targeted Cover Crop Initiative for Georgia

New Climate Friendly Signup Concludes January 25 ATHENS, GEORGIA, Jan. 11, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced several new and expanded opportunities for conservation programs that lend to climate-smart agriculture production in fiscal year 2022. Among these is the Cover Crop Initiative (CCI) that incentivizes the… Read More USDA Announces Targeted Cover Crop Initiative for Georgia

2022 Georgia Corn Shortcourse, Dec. 14th, Tifton Campus Conference Center

Growers, agribusiness men and Extension educators, consultants, please consider attending the 2022 Georgia corn shortcourse on Tuesday, Dec.14th in the Tifton Conference Center, in Tifton, GA. You can register on-line at the url listed below the agenda. Updates are provided by UGA scientists and Georgia Corn Growers Assn, the Georgia Corn Commission and the National… Read More 2022 Georgia Corn Shortcourse, Dec. 14th, Tifton Campus Conference Center

Georgia Growers Moving Forward with Small Grain Planting But All is Not Rosey

The National Ag Statistics Service reported on Monday that Georgia growers had planted approximately 45% of their intended acres in oats, 34% of rye and 21% of their wheat.  That is fairly close to our normal 5-year average. Conditions for the most part have been good to plant and obtain a good stand for grazing… Read More Georgia Growers Moving Forward with Small Grain Planting But All is Not Rosey

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