From grain carts to congressional spending to cotton markets to FarmSight technology — here are the Top 10 most viewed videos on deltafarmpress.com for 2012.
Until fairly recently, two companies supplied most of the cottonseed that was planted in the United States. Now, there are some newcomers to the cotton business, and one of those, Dow AgroSciences, is now claiming a 20 percent to 22 percent market share with its Phytogen cotton varieties.
For years, scientists and engineers have been talking about robotic farming systems in which producers can sit in their office and push buttons and plant and harvest a crop. Kinze Manufacturing is moving closer to that dream with its autonomous grain cart system.
Now that the 2012 elections are finally over, Congress will put the nation’s fiscal house in order – or will it? Texas A&M’s Mark Dotzour says two words – shared sacrifice – will determine whether the government actually moves forward or continues to pile up debt.
7. Planting soybeans early can offer advantages — Forrest Laws
Planting date and variety selection studies indicate that early planting of soybeans can increase yield and reduce stress for Mississippi producers, says Dr. Tom Eubank, assistant Extension and research professor at the Delta Research and Extension Center at Stoneville.
6. Cotton markets down, not out — Forrest Laws
Cotton producers in the U.S. and elsewhere are looking at the largest supplies of cotton since it was last trading for 55 cents per pound.
Farmers in the Mid-South and Southeast have struggled with glyphosate herbicide resistance in recent years. But they’re beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, thanks to the combined efforts of industry and university specialists.
4. Corn stover: new marketing opportunities, issues — Forrest Laws
Corn farmers have sold their stover as forage and bedding for livestock for years. But the new cellulosic ethanol plants that are beginning to spring up around the country are creating a new dimension for such sales.
Dr. Chad Hart discussed the changing fundamentals in the grain markets at Iowa State University’s Integrated Crop Management Conference. While the markets have softened, they still offer an opportunity for growers to price their 2013 crops at a profitable level.
Southern farmers know there’s a lot of truth to the adage “if you don’t like the weather here today, just wait a while.” The only thing certain about weather in the rain belt is the uncertainty. Monsanto’s Davey Wilson talked about a new product that could help farmers offset some of the problems brought by adverse planting conditions.
John Deere’s David Everitt talked about the purchase and the implications for the introduction of its new FarmSight technology at a meeting of ag journalists and security analysts in Des Moines, Iowa.