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Farmers to get briefing on corn and soybeans for 2018 planting

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Reagan Nolen, a new agronomist with the UGA Extension Service, will be on hand to provide a production update and information about new seed varieties while Eric Prostko, a weed scientist for the UGA Extension Service, will talk about the latest ways to combat weeds in the field. The program will also offer pesticide application recertification credits. “Each year is a different challenge, you just never know,” said Floyd County Extension Director Keith Mickler.

Mickler said Floyd County farmers put in some 2,724 acres of soybeans in 2016, fielding an average of 43 bushels per acre and $10.10 per bushel. Last year, 2,316 acres were planted in corn, yielding approximately 171 bushels per acre at an average of $3.75 per bushel.   

Floyd County farmer John Lowrey has considerable acreage in both corn and soybeans. "Everything was pretty well above average this year,” Lowrey said. “We harvested some of the best corn we’ve ever grown in place.  The earlier corn did a lot better than the late-planted corn.”

Most of both the beans and corn are sold to feed mills in Georgia and Alabama. Beans are crushed for meal and the by-product of the crushing is vegetable oil.

Mickler said while much of the beans and grain are used in chicken feed, some of it is also used for cattle feed.

Farmers who want to attend the meeting should make reservations through the Floyd County Extension office at 706-295-6210 by the end of the day on Dec. 11.