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

Management Practices to Protect Your Crop's Yield Potential

Published on Wednesday, July 13, 2016

During July, many farmers usually focus their attention on weather patterns and hope for timely, adequate rainfall. While weather is usually the single largest contributing factor toward final yield, many management practices should still be considered to help maximize and protect your crop’s yield potential.

Be sure to assess and address any late-season nitrogen (N) needs in corn prior to pollination. Late-season N applications are not recommended after brown silk (R2). In addition, utilize fungicides where necessary at tassel time to maintain good plant health. Start looking for disease on the third leaf below the ear. Once lesions on that leaf total the size of a quarter and pollination is not yet complete, consider the weather forecast, hybrid, and tillage system for potential positive ROI. Also, don’t forget the value that fungicides can bring to your operation to maximize late-season stalk integrity and widen your harvest window.

In soybeans, applying fungicides and insecticides near full flower (R2) to beginning pod (R3) may be beneficial. A four-year data summary from Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® indicates an average ROI of $38.24/A. from fungicide plus insecticide. In addition, foliar nutritional products applied at this time have also provided yield increases and net income gains.


Practical Farm Research (PFR)® is a registered trademark of Beck's Superior Hybrids, Inc.

Author: Chad Kalaher

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