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early planting
An agriculture professor from the University of Illinois says very early planting is not worth the risks involved. Emerson Nafziger says planting well ahead of normal is unlikely to result in higher yields. Continue reading

Argentina
Mexico is mulling over drafting trade agreements that offer Brazil and Argentina duty-free access to the Mexican market for corn. Continue reading

Planting corn trailed planter in the field
Everett Griner talks about early estimates on the 2017 planting crops in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

farming technology
Everett Griner talks about how farming technology continues to grow in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report, watch the video and learn more. →

corn mexico deal
The CEO of global agribusiness company Bunge Limited says U.S. corn is a better deal for Mexico than corn from Argentina or Brazil. Continue reading

yellow corn
Mexico is turning its attention to South America, given uncertainty over U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade policies. Mexico’s agriculture minister last week announced he would lead a business delegation to Argentina and Brazil to explore buying yellow corn from the two nations. Continue reading

Indonesia corn imports
Indonesia plans to halt imports of corn by 2018 “at the latest,” according to the country’s agriculture minister. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports Indonesia’s government is working to boost domestic production of corn as part of its broad goal of food self-sufficiency. Continue reading

Mexico corn harvest
Pro Farmer reports that Mexico purchased 709,200 metric tons of U.S. corn the week prior to the U.S. elections, which was three times the average volume for the preceding month. Continue reading

NCGA-Logo corn
If you are hearing a lot of news and information from the National Corn Growers Association on your local radio station this week, it is no accident. The 73rd National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Convention wrapped up this weekend where more than 650 attendees gathered, including hundreds of farm broadcasters. Continue reading

Planting corn trailed planter in the field
Some experts are predicting more soybeans and less corn will go in the ground during the 2017 planting season. An Ag Web Dot Com report says the extent of the acreage switch will be determined in part by crop demand for those commodities in the new year. Continue reading

2017 Corn fields sprouts in rows in California agriculture
A domestic fertilizer company says U.S. corn acreage is expected to drop to 88 million in 2017 from the 94.5 million planted acres reported this year by the Department of Agriculture. Continue reading

Program-wide Notice

Tomato infected with curly top viruses: Leaves can be thickened, deformed, yellowed, and rolled upwards. Symptomatic tomato leaves often develop purple veins. (Image courtesy UC-ANR)

Tomato infected with curly top viruses: Leaves can be thickened, deformed, yellowed, and rolled upwards. Symptomatic tomato leaves often develop purple veins.
(Image courtesy UC-ANR)

  • Beet leafhopper counts remained very low throughout the fall. Counts typically increase as fallow fields are disked and grazed, however, BLH populations did not increase and were still low and scattered by the end of October.
  • There were a total of seventy-one (71) host plant samples collected and sent for virus analysis in August. Only nine (9) of them were positive for curly top virus.
  • There was one (1) beet leafhopper sample collected and sent for virus analysis in August. It was positive for curly top virus.
  • There were a total of fifty-eight (58) host plant samples collected and sent for virus analysis in September. Seven (7) were positive for curly top virus.

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mississippi river dam-lock
New research by the Mid-America Freight Coalition quantifies what many in agriculture have known for years; failure of our aging river locks and dams along the Mississippi River and its tributaries would be ruinous with billions of dollars in lost jobs and reduced economic activity. Continue reading

syngenta appeal
Syngenta has moved forward with an appeal claiming the class action lawsuit over its Agrisure Viptera corn brand is built on “fundamental errors. Continue reading

Corn Harvest
Some corn growers are still playing catchup on corn harvesting. Gary Crawford has the story.

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increase
China will end auctions from its state corn reserves to increase new-crop corn buys, according to the National Grain Trade Center. China has sold around 20 million metric tons of old-crop reserve corn at those auctions this year. Continue reading

syngenta
Syngenta is seeking an appeal in a lawsuit filed by farmers regarding Agrisure Viptera branded corn. The corn contains a biotech trait that at the time of question was not approved for import to China, but was found in U.S. shipments to China in 2013 and 2014. Continue reading

NCGA-Logo Scholarship Opportunities
As the National FFA Convention begins in Indianapolis, the National Corn Growers Association invites attendees to visit them at booth 1755 to learn more about scholarship opportunities and take grassroots action on the important issues facing farmers. With opportunities to voice support for the Trans Pacific Partnership and to grab a photo with Captain Cornelius, NCGA representatives will be on hand to discuss how NCGA membership benefits U.S. corn farmers and youth in agriculture. Continue reading

Agricultural Impacts
Initial reports are coming from the Carolinas on how the hurricane previously known as Matthew has impacted crops and farm animals. Rod Bain has the story.

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brussel_sprouts
Remember when kids made funny faces at the dinner table when they were presented with a plate of Brussels sprouts?
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