Jul 28, 2011  |  Today's News

The Plant Management Network (PMN), a nonprofit publisher of applied crop science information, announces the launch of Focus on Corn, a resource that features webcasts and other science-based information tools that will help corn growers and consultants protect and manage corn crops more effectively.

The central feature of Focus on Corn is its 24/7 on-demand educational webcasts.

These are audio-visual presentations authored and presented by university professors and extension specialists recognized for their expertise and research on corn management practices.

"Topics are suggested by both a technical advisory board and grower surveys and selected for their current interest and need for timely information," said Greg Grahek, Director of Publications at the Plant Management Network.  "We try to get the best expert in the field to talk about a technical subject in a format for the busy agricultural practitioner."

One new webcast will be published in Focus on Corn each month. Each of these new webcasts will be open access for a period of at least 60 days. As long as users visit the site monthly to see each new webcast during the open access period, all webcasts may be viewed free of charge, without a subscription. Current freely available webcasts include the following:

  • Plant Parasitic Nematodes of Corn by Tamra Jackson, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
  • Residue Management, Nitrogen, and Tillage in Continuous Corn by Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois.
  • Weed Competition in Corn by Bill Johnson, Purdue University
  • Southern Rust of Corn and Differentiating Between Southern and Common Rusts by Jerald 'Snook' Pataky, University of Illinois
  • Corn Silage Management: Seeding Rate Studies by William J. Cox, Cornell University
  • Corn Drying by Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University

Plant Management Network is a cooperative not-for-profit resource for the applied agricultural and horticultural sciences. Together with its industry, university, and nonprofit partners, PMN provides fast electronic access to science-based crop management solutions for growers and their advisers. PMN focuses on publishing high-quality, applied, and science-based information. PMN is cooperatively managed by the American Society of Agronomy, American Phytopathological Society, and Crop Science Society of America.