What is happening in the field with late April planted soybeans?
Tags: soybeans, Agronomy, Agronomy Update
Chad Kalaher, Beck’s Hybrids Field Sales Agronomist, discusses what to consider when deciding on making a fungicide application to wheat.
Tags: Agronomy, Agronomy Update, Wheat, WHEAT FUNGICIDE, wheat yield
Interested in learning how current and new Beck’s Hybrids corn products are performing this growing season?
Tags: corn, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, high performing corn
Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR®) department is testing FMC’s new fungicide Xyway™ in a placement and timing study on corn.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, Fungicide, PFR, xyway
Mike Blaine, Field Sales Agronomist joins Alec Marxen, Seed Representative, from Minnesota to give a late April update on planting progress in their territory.
Tags: planting, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, Minnesota
Dale Viktora, Beck’s Hybrids Field Sales Agronomist, gives an update on corn and soybean planting for the second edition of the Beck’s Generation Farmer series.
Tags: Agronomy, Agronomy Update, minnesota farming
How do different tillage practices (or lack of) affect the ability of soils to accept water? Luke Schulte, Beck’s Hybrids Field Sales Agronomist, demonstrates differences experienced by a no-till field and a stale seed bed field (that has been touched by a disk ripper and a field cultivator).
Tags: Agronomy, Agronomy Update, soil prep
Camille Lambert, Field Sales Agronomist, introduces a new Practical Farm Research (PFR®) study for 2021, the Planting Conditioning Study – Large Rain Event at the Henderson, Kentucky, facility.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, PFR, planting conditions
Chad Kalaher, Beck’s Hybrids Field Sales Agronomist, shares helpful tips regarding early-season soybean management.
Tags: soybeans, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, soybean planting
Should I be planting corn or soybeans? Should I plant corn or soybeans first? These are common questions agronomists, like Chad Kalaher, face each spring.
Tags: Agronomy, Agronomy Update, planting recommendations
Chris Grimm & Pat Holloway discuss 2021 PFR Anhydrous Ammonia Studies.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Agronomy, PFR, Anhydrous Ammonia, PFR Studies
The Colfax, Iowa, PFR Location is testing out row cleaners for narrower row applications and also in high speed planting conditions.
Tags: Agronomy, Agronomy Update, row cleaners, narrow rows
Introducing the Beck’s Generation Farmer series, hosted by Field Sales Agronomist, Dale Viktora.
Pat Holloway, SW Iowa field sales agronomist, and Jon Caspers, NE Iowa field sales agronomist, review some key considerations for managing continuous corn rotations.
Tags: Agronomy, Agronomy Update, Continuous Corn, corn management
Potassium (K) plays vital roles within corn plants for carbohydrate, nutrient, and water flow. It is instrumental in gas exchange from the plant to the atmosphere as it regulates the opening and closing of the stomata of the leaf; it is also a key component in cell walls which add to stalk strength. Potassium is essential for photosynthesis, maximizing water use efficiency, helping maintain plant health, increasing test weight of grain, and nitrogen use efficiency. A corn plant requires almost as much K as nitrogen (N); however, when looking at soil test values across the Midwest, soil test K values have been falling. This is largely due to increased grain yields removing higher amounts of K from the soil and insufficient K applications.
Categories: Agronomy, Agronomy Talk
Tags: corn, Agronomy, Agronomy Talk, soil tests, potassium, corn development, POTASSIUM deficiency
Phytophthora root and stem rot is a common soil-borne disease in soybeans that is caused by the watermold, Phytophthora sojae. Phytophthora often occurs in poorly drained soils; it is most economically damaging in low-lying areas and fields that are prone to flooding.
Tags: corn, Agronomy, Agronomy Talk, PHYTOPHTHORA ROOT, PHYTOPHTHORA STEM ROT, corn diseases
Ear and kernel development is a lengthy process for a corn plant. It begins at the V5 growth stage as the plant determines kernel rows around and then continues to V12 where the potential maximum length of the ear is determined. Next comes the pollination stages where the maximum number of kernels is established and then finally, R5 when the maximum kernel size is established.
Any stresses, natural or manmade, during this process, can lead to abnormal ear set. Many of the abnormal ears and their causes are detailed below. Accurate diagnosis of these abnormalities can help prevent future problems in the field.
Tags: corn, Agronomy, Agronomy Talk, CORN STRESS, Ear DEFORMITIES, ear stress, ear formation
In recent years, the Dectes Stem Borer (Dectes texanus texanus) has become a regular pest in soybean fields throughout the lower Midwest.
Tags: soybean, Agronomy, Agronomy Talk, dectes stem borer, soybean pests
Soybean gall midge is a new pest in soybeans, first documented in Nebraska in 2011 and South Dakota in 2015. In 2018, damage was documented in 66 counties in four states (Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota) with that number increasing by 19 additional counties so far in 2019 including the northwest corner of Missouri. It was not until the fall of 2018 that the species was identified.
Tags: soybeans, Agronomy, Agronomy Talk, SEED TREATMENT, insecticides, pest, gall midge, pest management
Harvesting downed corn is one of the worst jobs on the farm. Year in and year out, there are many abiotic stresses or plant pathogens that will affect standability and ease of harvesting a corn crop. One of the most prevalent issues causing decreased standability of corn is the presence of crown rot and stalk rots. These diseases take advantage of compromised stalk tissue, and degrading it below the ear causing lodging and stalk breakage. There are, however, ways to improve the process of harvesting downed corn that can make it much smoother.
Tags: harvest, corn, Agronomy, stalk rot, down corn, standability