Seed companies expect refuge-in-a-bag (RIB) products to be the hottest seed items sold for the next few years. Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences and Pioneer Hi-Bred have RIB products approved for 2012 and Syngenta is awaiting approval.
Team FIN product tester and farmer Kent Lock from Avon, IL, sent us this report on his corn crop August 23, 2011.
For the last three weeks, I have been hearing and thinking that the 2011 corn crop may not be as high yielding as we had hop...
Beck's Hybrids continues its expansion into Illinois with the purchase of the former Pfister Hybrids facility in El Paso, IL. Beck's is the sixth-largest seed company in the U.S. and the only one in the top six that is family owned.
Pioneer Hi-Bred's philosophy of helping grower customers find the right product for the right acre is working. Its seed sales were up this year, according to Alejandro Munoz, vice president America and Global Production, Pioneer Hi-Bred.
Corn is expected to start showing signs of heat stress, especially the late-planted corn. Corn planted after Memorial Day in wet soils may have less-developed root systems to sustain growth in the current hot, dry weather plaguing the Midwest.
USDA reported 92.3 million acres of corn were planted this year, which is a larger number than earlier estimates. Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota posted the highest increases in corn acres. In Illinois, the number of corn acres...