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NW Indiana, NE Illinois, SE Wisconsin - Chad Kalaher, CCA

Review Product Performance and Management Practices

Published on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

After harvest 2015 is complete, it’s important to conduct a review of product performance and management practices for the year. Lessons can be learned each year regarding what worked and what didn’t. Although each year can be uniquely different, noticing trends that lead to higher yields and greater returns on investment will continue to be important. In corn, the use of nitrogen stabilizer products, as well as the utilization of sidedress or later in-season nitrogen will likely lead to significant advantages in 2015. Also, due to early cool weather stresses, the use of starter fertilizer appear to have provided larger root systems and will likely translate into greater yields and positive ROI. Many farms will likely notice higher yields and ROI from fungicides in both corn and beans. Lastly, fields with intensive subsurface and surface drainage will likely be highest yielding.

In addition to results from any on-farm research you may have performed this year (with different management practices or inputs) reliable sources of agronomic research and seed information will continue to be valuable. Look for Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® publication in November. Whether it’s delivered to your mailbox, e-mail address, online at, or hand delivered from your Beck’s representative, this publication continues to be a valuable source of information for many farmers at no charge. Have a safe fall and I look forward to seeing you at a Beck’s Winter Meeting.

Author: Chad Kalaher