The US drought is causing much concern for farmers and the impending impact on food prices in the next 12 months.  It can be difficult to sometimes get a handle on how bad this year is in comparison.  Its always easy to say, “this is bad but nothing like 88 or 34.”  Sometimes a graphic… Read More

With the current drought devastating the US corn crop, some seed companies are already concerned about seed supplies in 2013.  At the Canadian Seed Trade Association annual meeting this week two seed companies mentioned to me that a bad scenario is possible for supplies this coming winter. A chain of events has led us to… Read More

Today a twitter friend of mine, Brian Scott was featured on CNN.  CNN visited his Indiana farm to have a closer look at the corn crop and the impact that the drought will have on farm incomes and food prices for consumers. There is definitely some ugly looking corn in this footage. If you cannot… Read More

With the recent very dry conditions, the Ontario corn crop has quickly moved from one of very high expectations to begging for water.  This week while I was at the Canadian Seed Trade Meeting (CSTA) in Charlottetown many of the seed companies relayed the message to me that the majority of the province needs rain badly in the next… Read More

The application of fungicides to corn between V12 and tasseling (VT) is not recommended. This recommendation is based on the potential for arrested development of corn ears, or the formation of “beer can” ear syndrome. The syndrome was termed by Dr. Bob Nielsen of Purdue University in 1996, who described the ears with the expected… Read More

 

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