Corn-after-corn yields are down this year compared to corn-after-soybean yields. But corn prices are higher relative to soybean prices. University of Illinois economist Gary Schnitkey details the yields, costs and outcome of both production systems.
Corn traits of the future will be more complex genetically and will enhance existing products, such as second-generation herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant traits. Companies will continue to look at drought tolerance and nitrogen...
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.