A technical agronomist says tar spot has been spotty in some areas of the Corn Belt and more aggressive in others. Andrew Penney with Bayer Crop Science says the disease can be difficult to manage. “Just when we starting thinking we know the weather... Read More.
Tar spot has now been confirmed in Michigan. Michigan State University plant pathologist Marty Chilvers says low levels have been reported in the southeastern part of the state in Monroe County. “I’m completely not surprised, given that we’ve had rainfall events, at least the past... Read More.
An agronomist says outbreaks of tar spot are getting worse across parts of the Corn Belt. Trey Stephens with Beck’s tells Brownfield the disease has intensified in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio even though those states have had drier growing conditions this year. “We know... Read More.
A market expert says there is an opportunity for profit in the cheese markets right now, but there’s a catch. Mike North with ever.ag tells Brownfield the higher volume of cheese on the spot market through the Chicago Mercantile Exchange reflects higher inventories with... Read More.
An agronomist suggests tar spot is a corn disease that is tough to figure out. Tony Lenz with Stine Seed Company says since it was discovered in 2015, tar spot has continued to spread. “Originally we talked about it had to be high humidity, it... Read More.
An extension agronomist says tar spot will be a concern this growing season despite the abnormally dry conditions. Meaghan Anderson is with Iowa State University. “We do know that this tar spot doesn’t necessarily need rainfall,” she said. “It just needs free moisture available... Read More.
Tar spot is showing up in Missouri earlier than usual and crop specialists are encouraging farmers to scout corn fields. Mandy Bish, a plant pathologist with University of Missouri Extension, says the fungal disease isn’t usually confirmed until late August or September. She tells... Read More.
Exports are a bright spot for the U.S. pork sector. National Pork Board vice president of international market development Courtney Knupp says recent trade data shows pork exports are up 14 percent year over year. “We anticipate that to continue (as) the world is returning... Read More.