Hybrid seed corn is so common today we hardly think about it. In fact, more than 95 percent of corn planted today is hybrid corn. Thanks to the history of hybrid seed corn, today’s farmers are able to produce 20 percent more corn on 25 percent fewer acres than they did a century ago.
Some farmers are considering corn or soybeans as cover crops thanks to a practice recently approved by the Extension Field Crop and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This approval was welcome news as corn and soybeans work well as cover crops since they canopy quickly, reduce erosion and scavenge nutrients.
As if farmers in the Midwest didn’t have enough to contend with, now there is news that warm season cover crop seeds may be tough to come by. Cover crop seed companies say they secured their inventories earlier than usual but that some varieties could run out because of record high demand.
What to Do with Grain Impacted by Floods? The agricultural losses in the states of Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin due to flooding are in the billions of dollars. Farmers in those states now have to figure out what to do with stored crop that fell victim to this historic flooding.
Uniformity is a key factor when it comes to high corn yields. Unfortunately, this is not always achievable during germination, emergence and nodal root formation.