With much of the Corn Belt in good moisture conditions, plant pathologists and farmers are reporting several foliar diseases in corn fields this season, including northern corn leaf blight and gray leaf spot.
In this week's Crop Tech Corner, Missouri scientists discover a defense mechanism in plants, Illinois researchers prepare for charcoal rot to thrive in the future, and Nigerian farmers get a new corn hybrid resistant to both an herbicide and a weed.
Unfortunately, for those people who have not yet contracted new crop production, weather conditions remain very favourable for a bumper US 2014 harvest. Average yield predictions keep increasing almost daily. Overall the trend in pricing remains down. Where will the the bottom be?
The market requires some significant news to re-invigour prices. Whatever happened to the crisis in the Ukraine to support corn and/or China to support bean prices?
It is now more important than ever to know your cost of production and break even levels. Please feel free to utilize the worksheets that you will find under the calculator tab on on our website.