Corn Is King Again

With yet another year closing and virtually no impact experienced due to Asian soybean rust, it would seem that a major invasion during any given year would amount to the exception rather than the rule. Seemed like a great time to be in agronomy services, but Mother Nature gives, and she takes away with no prejudice.

There does, however, seem to be a pot of gold at the end of at least one agronomic rainbow: the care of corn.

As we reported extensively in the November issue, the momentum won’t likely slow anytime soon in the rush to build ethanol processing facilities for corn. The subsequent demand increase for corn is boosting corn acreage as a share of existing farm land, and even has USDA talking about opening up conservation acreage for production.

Good news? You bet. With the increasing versatility and durability built in to today’s corn varieties, growers need to be able to sort through the myriad traits and treatment programs before planting, as well as a wide range of critical in-season decisions that must be made. A good time not only for agronomy but seed selling as well.

Now would seem like a particularly good time to engage growers confidently with a plan to help them manage yield risk in corn. A significant factor in developing this plan is managing weeds.

I’ve been editorially immersed in some of the weed management issues that Extension specialists, agronomists, and manufacturers have been working on in especially problematic weeds. Weeds that challenged the widely used ALS inhibitors in the late 1990s — in particular, lambsquarters, waterhemp, and ragweed in the Midwest — are developing into formidable opponents to the “traditional” glyphosate-tolerant program.

In some cases, there’s out-and-out confirmed resistance. Marestail has gotten the most attention, having been confirmed resistant to glyphosate in 14 states, including Nebraska last month. Reports of suspected or confirmed glyphosate resistance in giant ragweed, as well as common waterhemp, have also been reported in some Midwest counties.

The number of options in weed control products in corn vs. soybeans creates more potential management solutions to present to customers with corn acreage, but having a thoughtful management plan is crucial. Study after study has shown that early season weed competition is a yield killer in corn, so planning to start with a clean field is critical.

Also, understanding the intricacies, benefits, and limitations of corn on corn, as well as glyphosate tolerant on glyphosate tolerant, crop rotations is important for the full service retailer to share with growers.

Lastly, corn is the latest and potentially the biggest benefit in the use of fungicides. Some studies showed as much as a 10-bushel yield bump when a well-timed application of a fungicide is used on corn, and seems to be more predictable and reliable than use on soybeans in early testing. More information will be coming out on this in the future.

Corn has always been a critical crop to Midwest retailers, and current market conditions seem to be increasing its prominence even further. Doing everything you can to ensure you have all the answers for your growers’ corn acreage will help ensure a more profitable 2007 for you and your customers.

Leave a Reply

Latest News
FertilizerSimplot Introduces Fused-Safe Ammonium Sulfate Nitrate …
May 31, 2016
The J. R. Simplot Co.’s new FŪSN fertilizer is now commercially available to growers. Simplot uses advanced technology to fuse Read More
Growmark FS Outlet
StewardshipGROWMARK Recognizes Crop Specialists For Advocating Sus…
May 31, 2016
Five crop specialists who have excelled in engaging farmers in sustainable best management practices are the recipients of the GROWMARK Read More
Fertilizer Dealer Supply
UncategorizedFertilizer Dealer Supply Joins GVM
May 31, 2016
GVM has added Fertilizer Dealer Supply (FDS) to its growing network of Mako dealers. “I met Mark Anderson some 20 years Read More
Crop InputsRepar Registers New Biopesticide With U.S. EPA
May 31, 2016
Repar Corp., with headquarters in Silver Spring, MD, has developed Homobrassinolide 0.1%, a new generation plant growth promoter containing homobrassinolide, Read More
Industry NewsAligned Ag Distributors Names New VP Market Development
May 31, 2016
Aligned Ag Distributors LLC announced this morning the appointment of Tim Krueger to the position of VP Market Development. Krueger Read More
FertilizerCreating The Proper Environment For Yield Increases Wit…
May 31, 2016
Finely tuned nutrient management plans are helping farmers throughout the U.S. improve nutrient use efficiency, increase return on investment (ROI) Read More
Industry NewsJ.R. Simplot Names New Wholesale Agriculture Sales Vice…
May 31, 2016
Doug Stone will be joining the J. R. Simplot Co. as vice president, Wholesale Agricultural Sales within the Simplot AgriBusiness Read More
Adjuvants loading
AdjuvantsISAA 2016 Highlights Adjuvant Trends
May 31, 2016
Adjuvants can significantly improve the performance of crop protection products. Farmers and formulators enhance the efficacy of sprays by using Read More
Monsanto Luling Plant
Eric SfiligojWhat’s Next For Monsanto?
May 31, 2016
For the folks at Monsanto’s headquarters in St. Louis, MO, it has been an eventful few weeks. Back on May Read More
Craig Houin Sunrise Cooperative iPad
Precision AgState Of Precision Ag 2016: Gut Check Time For Value
May 31, 2016
There’s no denying that precision technologies and practices are more vibrant than ever. Equipment manufacturers have fine-tuned the hardware for Read More
ManagementWashington Visit and Bayer/Monsanto Deal Update
May 26, 2016
Editors Paul Schrimpf and Eric Sfiligoj discusses a recent trip to DC and the latest news on the proposed pairing Read More
Fertilizer closeup in hand
Industry NewsVerdesian: Striking A Balance Between Yield & ROI
May 26, 2016
Finely tuned nutrient management plans are helping farmers throughout the U.S. improve nutrient use efficiency, increase return on investment (ROI) Read More
Crop InputsLand O’Lakes Announces Minnesota Water Quality Pa…
May 25, 2016
Governor Mark Dayton and Land O’Lakes, Inc. President and CEO Chris Policinski today announced a new public-private partnership to protect Read More
Soybean Plant closeup
Industry NewsMonsanto Rejects Bayer Bid; Open To More Talks
May 25, 2016
Monsanto Co, the world’s largest seed company, turned down Bayer AG’s $62 billion acquisition bid as “incomplete and financially inadequate” Read More
Corn close up
Crop InputsArysta LifeScience Establishes Global Headquarters In R…
May 25, 2016
Arysta LifeScience has announced plans to relocate its global headquarters from West Palm Beach, FL, to Cary, NC, over the Read More
fertilizer blending and storage, Top 100
BlendersCHS Dakota Expansion Features AGCO’s GSI InterSys…
May 25, 2016
The continued growth of precision agriculture has increased farmer use of customized fertilizer blends best-suited for their soil conditions. Several Read More
ManagementAgriculture 3.5: A Bumpy Road Ahead
May 24, 2016
You may have read my article a few years ago on Agriculture 3.0, which is a term I coined to Read More
Topcon’s X30 display with CropSpec sensors
EquipmentGPS Autosteer Systems: Product Updates From Precision A…
May 24, 2016
Throughout 2015 GPS Steering solutions continued to evolve from what was once an after-market add on, to today’s cab where Read More