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Dryland Corn Looks Good So Far

Dryland corn is up and going strong in the Big  Bend Region.

Dryland corn is up and going strong in the Big Bend Region.

Dryland field corn is up and flourishing in the Big Bend Region of Florida.  Rains have been well spaced and delivering sufficient water.

Corn acreage is forecast to be at its highest point in three quarters of a century.  The 97,282,000 acres nationally is an increase of 127,000 acres over last year.

The rate of acreage increase has been moderated by weather and market conditions this year.  There was an increase of 5,219,000 million acres year over year from 2011 to 2012.

While not close to the drought and demand induced highs, corn is still trading for $ 5.83 per bushel on September 2013 contracts at the Chicago Board of Trade.

Sept Corn Futures 5-3-13

 

For  information on Corn Production:

UF Field Corn Production Guide

UF Field Corn Production Problems: A Diagnostic Guide

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Author: Les Harrison – harrisog@ufl.edu

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director. He began his work in the Northwest Extension District as the Sustainable Agriculture and Extension Technology Agent in Leon County on August 25, 2006. His career in agriculture extends back over thirty five years and includes work in business, government and academic positions. Prior to working with the Extension Service, he spent 16 years with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in the Division of Marketing and Development. He worked in four of the division’s six bureaus. He has also managed farm supply cooperatives in Alabama and Virginia with annual sales over four million dollars, worked for an international grain company, and was a research associate for Auburn University’s Agricultural Economics Department. He has a Master’s of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from Auburn University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Florida. He is the author of over 400 publications and has written professionally for print and broadcast media.

Les Harrison

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