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Corn rootworm pressure could be “astronomical” this year

A crop protection specialist anticipates another year of heavy corn rootworm pressure. Eric Rebek with FMC says populations are projected to be “astronomical” this season. “For lack of a better term, given the mild winter that we had across the region. And then just... Read More.

Weed pressure picking up steam

An extension agronomist says weed pressure has been prevalent across the Corn Belt. Meaghan Anderson with Iowa State University says, “Just like last year I feel like we are noticing a lot more heavy weed pressure along field edges. That’s something for people to... Read More.

Insect pressure could be intense following mild winter

Insect pressure during the growing season could be higher than normal in parts of the Midwest experiencing mild winter conditions. University of Minnesota Extension integrated pest management specialist Bruce Potter says temperatures haven’t been consistently cold enough to knock back insect populations. “Especially stuff that’s... Read More.

Hay supply under pressure in Tennessee

Moderate rainfall and warm temperatures were two features of February in Tennessee. The USDA says those conditions have helped pastures bounce back from drought last fall and the deep freeze in January, with early season grasses starting to emerge. That should help relieve some of... Read More.

Big dairy inventories put pressure on prices

A market advisor says the world dairy market can be challenging for the U.S. if big inventories continue to put pressure on prices.  Mike North is with He tells Brownfield, “If we can’t relieve ourselves of the inventory, it doesn’t matter what... Read More.

Soybeans, corn see more pressure from Brazil rain

Soybeans were lower on fund and technical selling. Recent rain should help Brazil’s soybean crop, but some damage was done by dry weather earlier in the season. Early harvest activity is underway in some areas of Brazil with generally disappointing yields. CONAB and... Read More.