North Florida Corn Harvest

North Florida farmers have been working hard to get their corn crops harvested. Silage harvest is mostly finished, and the earliest planted corn has air dried to about 16% moisture for those who don’t use driers. Late-March planted corn is being harvested and dried in between rain showers. Throughout North Florida, farmers are collecting data …

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Not “Out of the Woods” Yet

 It has been quite a relief to some local farmers, with the grain markets heading upwards and corn mostly past the dent stage, that we will pull off harvest of this corn crop. Corn silage harvest is well underway, and in just a few weeks grain combines will begin harvest. They tell me that the escaped …

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Researchers Help Farmers Fine-Tune Fertilizer and Irrigation Management

  Corn is an important crop grown in the Suwannee Valley to meet the needs of the dairy, poultry, and beef industries.  Farmers report that at current fuel and fertilizer prices, over 50% of a corn grower’s budget is spent on fertilizers and fuel for irrigation. Increasing the efficiency of this large production expense would …

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Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

Do you ever feel like you missed a week of your life? I’m beginning to wonder where time has gone as this corn crop is quickly wrapping up for the season in North Florida. There has been some chatter about Growing Degree Days (GDDs) well ahead of last year. I recently found the coolest tool yet …

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Southern Corn Rust – Check Your Hybrids

The corn growing season has been near ideal so far. If we have had a fertilizer leaching rain event since the first of March, I can’t remember it. We know that the high rates of sunshine (and photosynthesis) in dry years typically lead to our best corn yields with good irrigation management. Except in minor cases, …

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Center Pivot Irrigation For Sale

April and May are traditionally dry periods for farming in North Florida.  Unfortunately, this coincides with rapidly increasing water requirements by the crops we grow.  Corn is particularly challenging this time of year with rapidly increasing plant water demand and large yield impacts of drought stress.  The warm dry conditions throughout May have done little to assist …

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Corn Breeder Visits North Florida

Corn is a major crop in Columbia County and North Florida.  The primary use of locally grown corn is feed for livestock; particularly dairy, beef cattle, and poultry.  Farmers depend on high quality corn seed and hybrids adapted to the challenging soils and climate of North Florida. Following a record national corn crop, an average …

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Farmers Plant Variety Trials

One of the most important decisions farmers can make is selecting the appropriate variety for their conditions. “Conditions” is a broad way of saying soil type, fertility, irrigation, cultural practices, and weather.  Farmers in Columbia County have long been leaders in sharing their farms  with UF/IFAS Extension to install variety trials. In these trials, many …

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Prospective Plantings – Chew on This

The USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service released their 2015 Planting Intentions Report this week. There is always room for debate about reliability, and this report certainly has the web buzzing. I don’t have much to add beyond what is in print, but wanted to share the highlights as they might relate to our markets. You …

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Watch My Corn Pop Up In Rows

Corn planters are starting to hit the fields of North Florida and we are seeing emergence on the first planted corn. Conditions have been near optimum for corn seed germination and plant emergence. I am always amazed at the process of a seed to develop into a plant and harvestable crop. The most amazing part is that it begins …

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