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

Pre-Harvest Reminders

Published on Friday, September 23, 2016

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. Cool, wet periods after planting in late April and early May, and high temperatures and strong winds associated with many storms throughout the month of July, presented crop development challenges in many areas. Nitrogen loss in corn was rare in 2016 compared to 2015, especially where  split applications and stabilizer products were utilized.

In addition, disease and insect pressure in most corn fields was much lower than expected. Prior to corn harvest, be sure to inspect fields for stalk integrity by splitting the stalks from the ear down through the root crown. A simple push test of the stalk about three or four feet above the ground will help identify the fields that may need  harvested first.

Don’t forget to make plans for timely soil testing this fall. Without proper pH levels and a good base soil fertility plan, your 2017 crop will be at a disadvantage before the seed is out of the bag. Also, plan to initiate your residue management plans as soon as possible once harvest is complete.

Author: Chad Kalaher

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