Agronomy Talk

W. IOWA - PAT HOLLOWAY, CCA

Three Observations for Harvest

Published on Friday, September 23, 2016

As we approach harvest, three critical observations come to mind. First, be sure to note any fields that are showing signs of nutrient deficiencies. Often times, fields are only soil sampled every two or four years. In the case of newly acquired farms, the previous fertility levels may not be well known, so if deficiencies are present, taking soil samples after harvest and fertilizing accordingly can prevent the same deficiencies the next year.

Second, take time to evaluate your hybrids and varieties for their agronomic traits. This can provide you with additional information, besides yield data, and help you make more informed decisions for next year’s crop. 

Finally, it is important to note weed control issues. If weeds are present, is it due to lack of control over the post-emerge application? Could you possibly have resistance issues or just late emerging weeds? Remember, if you have any questions or concerns, or would like any help evaluating this year’s crop before harvest, please contact your local Beck’s dealer, seed advisor, or field agronomist. 

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