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Agronomy Talk

S. INDIANA - STEVE GAUCK, CCA

Start Preparing for 2017 at Harvest

Published on Friday, September 23, 2016

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.

A good planting season in 2017 starts with harvest. As you prepare for harvest, think about your spreader. Uneven spreading of chaff will be your biggest slow down for spring planting. Make sure your combine spreads chaff as wide as the grain table or head. This helps keep nutrient levels even and eliminates cold, wet soils directly behind the combine where it could leave heavy residue. Compaction caused by a grain cart or combine will also affect next year’s crop.

Finally, don’t forget that now is the time to put your cover crop plan into action. Many cover crops need to be planted by the end of September.

Author: Steve Gauck

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