Major Shift to Corn in the South

January 15, 2013 07:48 AM

As corn becomes more profitable, farmers in the South are leaving cotton behind and growing corn. 

Erick Larson, Mississippi State University Extension corn specialist, says corn is a hot ticket now in the South, even though it historically hasn’t been the headliner.

"We are still relatively new corn farmers in the South," he says. "We’ve gone from less than 300,000 acres of corn in the state to now nearly 1 million acres of corn. It is a major row crop now."

Larson presented at Farm Journal’s Corn College in the South, which was held Jan. 8 in Vicksburg, Miss. The farmers who attended learned about corn growth and development, nitrogen management and the basics of crop nutrients.

Larson shares his thoughts on the future of corn production in the South.


For More Information
See more coverage of Farm Journal’s Corn College in the South:

Three farmers drove nine hours to attend Corn College in the South in Vicksburg, Miss. They share what they learned.
Louisiana farmer Robbie Howard used to grow only cotton, but has now ventured into corn production. He explains what he learned at Corn College in the South.
Acres that have been dedicated to cotton in the past are shifting to corn. Mississippi State University’s Erick Larson explains the transition at Farm Journal's Corn College in the South.


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