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S. Illinois & Missouri - Jonathan Perkins, CCA

Lessons To Be Learned From The Field

Published on Thursday, October 16, 2014

As combines hit the field for what has the potential to be another great harvest, there are lessons to be learned out in the fields. Remember back to the weather we experienced after Mother’s Day that led to PPO injury and pythium in soybean fields where cold, wet conditions occurred when soybeans were trying to emerge. What about the low lying areas of the field where water ponded or the headlands where high traffic from equipment packed down the soil? One of my favorite things to do is think back to the events of the season as I am harvesting plots on the Southern Illinois PFR farm. Although we do not always see visual differences at harvest, as the weights come in, the wheels are constantly turning in my mind as I think through what could have caused the difference. Taking good notes and observing the crop as it comes into the combine are essential to this process. I would encourage you to do the same on your own farms. Challenge yourself to remember the events of the growing season and allow them to be learning tools to apply in the future!