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Oct 19, 2016

OHIO - MIKE HANNEWALD, CCA

Evaluating Your Combines Performance

Author: Alex Johnson

As harvest progresses in Ohio, we are finding out which fields received enough water and which did not. As you navigate these varying conditions, it’s important to continue evaluating your combine’s performance. We usually do a good job of setting the combine when we start harvest; but don’t forget to continually monitor threshing quality and crop losses. 

Oct 19, 2016

KENTUCKY AND TENNESSEE - AUSTIN SCOTT, CCA

Ear Rot at Harvest

Author: Austin Scott

I’ve noticed a fair amount of ear rot this year, in particular, Diplodia. Diplodia can be exceptionally bad because the disease will eventually mummify the entire ear and can cause the kernels to be very lightweight.

Oct 19, 2016

E. INDIANA AND MICHIGAN - BRENT MINETT, CCA

Considerations Before Fall-Tilling

Author: Brent Minett

Although fall tillage is a common practice across much of the Corn Belt, there are scenarios that favor the practice and others that do not. Many times following harvest, we begin plowing without considering amultitude of factors that might limit the benefits we should experience from making that decision. 

Oct 19, 2016

N. INDIANA - DENNY COBB, CPAG

Facing Late Season Challenges

Author: Denny Cobb

For many farmers in my region, the 2016 harvest is a welcome change compared to 2015. Challenges always exist in any given year, but thankfully they were minimal and less severe this year than in 2015.

Oct 19, 2016

S. INDIANA - STEVE GAUCK, CCA

Evaluating Fungicide Plans and Disease Pressure

Author: Steve Gauck

Diseases have become a major topic this fall. We have seen gray leaf spot, Anthracnose stalk rot, Diplopia stalk and ear rot, and even southern rust. Corn has filled out well, but stalk quality has become a concern as plants have cannibalized with late stress.

Oct 19, 2016

NE ILLINOIS, NW INDIANA, SE WISCONSIN - CHAD KALAHER, CCA

Fall Field Work is Underway

Author: Chad Kalaher

With harvest completion just around the corner, fall field work including fertilizer applications and tillage operations will be top priority. If you are applying dry fertilizer this fall, now is the best time to utilize yield maps for VRT applications based on crop removal. 

Oct 19, 2016

W. CENTRAL ILLINOIS - CRAIG KILBY, CCA

2016: What Worked and What Didn't

Author: Craig Kilby

When the 2016 harvest is behind us, it will be critical to review product performance and integral management practices. This is the time to learn what worked well, what didn’t work, and why. Although each season is unique, trends can indicate a strong relationship which demands attention. 

Oct 19, 2016

N ILLINOIS AND S. WISCONSIN - JON SKINNER, CCA

Residue Management For High-Yielding Fields

Author: Jon Skinner

For most farmers in Wisconsin and northern Illinois, the spring planting season seems like a long distant look into the future, but prepping for that time should start from the seat of the combine. With increases in yield, plant population and stalk quality, residue management has become one of the most important aspects of farming.

Oct 19, 2016

S. ILLINOIS - SEAN NETTLETON, CCA

Using 2016 Data for 2017 Planning

Harvest is in full swing in southern Illinois! As you go from farm to farm, take the opportunity to write down your observations of hybrids and varieties, drainage concerns, or anything else you see that may help you in future decision making. 

Oct 19, 2016

MISSOURI - DAVID HUGHES, CCA

Developing Your Fertilizer Recommendation

Author: David Hughes

While fertilizer is a key input, many farmers are faced with low grain prices and margins. Though many crop advisors belabor the merits of different soil testing approaches, rarely do they consider accurate fertilizer recommendations that fit specific production and economic scenarios.

Oct 19, 2016

E. IOWA - GREG SHEPHERD, CCA

Controlling Palmer Amaranth in 2017

If you think waterhemp is a pain, hold on  to your seat. Here comes its bigger, more aggressive and uglier brother, Palmer amaranth. Palmer amaranth was first found in Iowa in 2013. Thanks to early identification and management, it was held to five counties. But unfortunately, Palmer amaranth has now been found in 16 Iowa counties.

Oct 19, 2016

CENTRAL IOWA - WADE KENT, CCA

Implementing a Sound Nitrogen Plan for 2017

Author: Wade Kent

With harvest underway, the 2016 season will be complete in the coming weeks. This is also the time of the year when fertilizer is being applied and decisions are being made for 2017. As we all know, nitrogen (N) is a critical component to high yields, and much of Iowa’s N is applied before a crop is ever planted. Late fall and spring applied N is a common practice and ensures that a portion of N is applied before planting. 

Oct 19, 2016

W. IOWA - PAT HOLLOWAY, CCA

Don't Cut Your Lime and Fertilizer Applications Just Yet

Author: Pat Holloway

With the current commodity prices, farmers will be looking to cut costs wherever possible. One of those places will likely be lime and fertilizer applications. If your fertilizer and lime applications are one of the
things you are considering cutting, be sure to evaluate your fields closely and be confident that the cuts are being made on fields that are testing high enough in phosphorus and/or potassium. 

Sep 23, 2016

OHIO - MIKE HANNEWALD, CCA

How to Harvest Your Data

Author: Alex Johnson

Summer rains have been few and far between in Ohio. While some fields have luckily received more than others, we’ll find out soon which fields received enough to maintain yields when the combines roll.

Sep 23, 2016

KENTUCKY AND TENNESSEE - AUSTIN SCOTT, CCA

Managing Corn Residue

Author: Austin Scott

Some of our most southern areas have already begun harvesting corn and the rest should be starting this month. Something to keep in mind when harvesting is how you will manage the corn residue.

Sep 23, 2016

E. INDIANA AND MICHIGAN - BRENT MINETT, CCA

Establishing Baselines for Your Fields

Author: Brent Minett

Decision making in farming can be tough. There are so many management strategies and products that have the potential to increase net revenue. One way to make it easier is to establish a baseline for yield in every field.

Sep 23, 2016

N. INDIANA - DENNY COBB, CPAG

Marestail Management in 2017

Author: Denny Cobb

Early fall is mostly pre-harvest time in my area. We can evaluate the past growing season and consider possible changes to our operations. One of the most commonly discussed programs this summer has been
the LibertyLink® system for 2017.

Sep 23, 2016

S. INDIANA - STEVE GAUCK, CCA

Start Preparing for 2017 at Harvest

Author: Steve Gauck

Take one last chance to scout before harvest begins. As you walk fields, look at disease levels. Which hybrids handled disease better? Are you happy with your fungicide applications? Look at grain fill and pollination. Take a final assessment of weed control and make note of what weeds are present and if they need to be targeted next year. In soybeans, be on the lookout for Palmer amaranth, as it has been identified in southern Indiana.

Sep 23, 2016

NE ILLINOIS, NW INDIANA, SE WISCONSIN - CHAD KALAHER, CCA

Pre-Harvest Reminders

Author: Chad Kalaher

As the growing season comes to an end, it’s always a good idea to review weather records and the various practices that you experimented with on your farms. Once again, weather events created challenges throughout the 2016 growing season that were beyond our control.

Sep 23, 2016

W. CENTRAL ILLINOIS - CRAIG KILBY, CCA

Central Illinois Corn and Soybean Updates

Author: Craig Kilby

The 2016 crop continues to mature, though it may not be quite as fast or large as many predicted just a few weeks earlier.

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