Agronomy Talk

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Jun

2018

Agronomy Update: Soybean Herbicide Damage

Author: Chad Kalaher

Do you know what herbicide damage in soybeans looks like? Over the past week, I have responded to a number of calls from farmers whose soybeans were showing symptoms of damage from metribuzin herbicide.
 

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May

2018

Agronomy Update: Effects of Suboptimal Planting Conditions

Author: Chad Kalaher

Recent scouting has show that the suboptimal planting conditions experienced in McLean County, Illinois are having some impact on the corn crops in the area. As corn approaches the V3 growth stage, I have found that populations are lower than what was planted due to issues with sidewall compaction.
 

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May

2018

Agronomy Update: Herbicide Injury Diagnosis in Corn

Author: Chad Kalaher

I wanted to share with you some observations I have seen in corn after fielding some chemical complaints over the last few days. 

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Apr

2017

Agronomy Update

April Planting Updates

Author: Jon Skinner

With planting just days away, now is a great time to look over your final planting details to ensure you are setting yourself up for maximum yield potential with the upcoming crop. Becks Practical Farm Research (PFR)® continues to provide us with unbiased guidelines and insights to help maximize yield and return on investment (ROI) on every acre.

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Feb

2017

Agronomy Update

Your Wheat and the Warmer Weather

Earlier this month I sent an update discussing how the warmer weather could affect nitrogen (N) applications on wheat. With another stretch of unseasonably warm weather upon us, I thought it would be a great time to provide a quick update on our wheat crop.

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Feb

2017

Agronomy Update

Wheat Updates and Nitrogen Managment

I’ve received a few calls over the past few weeks from wheat farmers inquiring whether or not their wheat fields were starting to break dormancy. From what I’ve seen, the answer is yes. Many wheat fields have in fact “greened up” over the last couple of weeks. With temperatures reaching the mid-60s on January 21 and 22, and nighttime temperatures remaining above freezing until around January 26, a definite change has taken place across southern Illinois wheat fields.

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Sep

2016

Agronomy Update

15 Tips for Successfully Growing Soft Red Winter Wheat in the Midwest

Author: Chad Kalaher
  1. Variety Selection. Select varieties that are best suited for your operation’s needs, whether that’s based on maturity for harvest timing and soybean double-cropping, straw and/or grain yield, management level, or a combination of these needs. In addition, maturity and harvest timing may be important for timely manure management, summer drainage tile projects, or timely cover-crop seeding. Utilize data from universities, third-party testing services, seed companies, and local performance-based product recommendations from your Beck’s representative to help select the best varieties available. University of Illinois research from 2013 and 2014 shows a 20 percent difference in grain yield just by selecting top-performing wheat varieties.
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Sep

2016

Agronomy Update

Identifying Corn Ear Molds In Your Fields

Author: Jon Skinner

Conditions throughout many parts of Wisconsin and northern Illinois have been favorable for the development of corn ear molds. Ear molds are of particular concern because of the adverse effects they can have on grain storage. They also result in the development of mycotoxins, which can have detrimental effects on feed value and animal health. 

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Jul

2016

Agronomy Update

Fungicides, Insecticides and Disease Development...

Author: Chad Kalaher

I have received a number of calls from customers over the past few weeks, so I wanted to provide some updates on a few of the hot topics as we continue to monitor the development of our corn and soybean crops. 

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Jun

2016

Agronomy Update

Protect Your Corn from Yield Robbing Pests

Author: Jon Skinner

Protecting corn from yield-robbing pests is one of the greatest concerns for farmers each year. From late June to mid-July these pests include foliar diseases and silk clipping insects. Properly managing these pests is crucial, and we can start by getting a better understanding of the economic and agronomic factors of each specific field. 

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May

2016

Agronomy Update

Dealing with Delayed Planting or Replant?

Author: Chad Kalaher

In some areas, the window of opportunity for planting corn, and environmental conditions that followed, were not ideal for rapid germination and emergence. The cold soils and excessive rainfall we experienced shortly after planting has led to uneven emergence, delayed emergence, and an onset of seedling blights. We have also seen the use of rotary hoes in some areas with crusted soils. 

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Apr

2016

Agronomy Update

Considerations for Wheat Fungicide Applications

Author: Chad Kalaher

Most of the wheat in our area was planted between October 1-10, with the majority planted by October 7. Along with timely planting, the warm fall promoted excellent fall growth and tillering for overwintering. I noticed a few challenges this spring where seeding depth was too shallow or significant residue created poor seed-to-soil contact. I continue to see that the best stands are the ones where residue has been evenly-distributed and lightly incorporated with a vertical tillage tool or disk prior to seeding. No-till also continues to work well where the seed is placed deep enough for good seed-to-soil contact.


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Apr

2016

S. Illinois - Sean Nettleton, CCA

Hitting a Home Run in 2016

Every year when April rolls around, I get excited about two things: baseball season and getting those planters rolling! Hi, I’m your new southern Illinois field agronomist, Sean Nettleton. For my first ever Agronomy Talk, I wanted to keep it simple and talk about what I think is the most important pass we make in the field - planting! 

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Apr

2016

NW Illinois - Craig Kilby, CCA

Planting Fundamentals

Author: Craig Kilby

April is here and our minds become overwhelmed with everything happening on the farm. Let’s put all the excitement (or possibly anxiety) aside for a minute and focus on planting fundamentals as this will set the yield potential for the year. If you’re not certain that everything on your planter is ready, check out Jason Webster’s planter prep video on YouTube. It can be found here. Make sure to have a planting prescription prepared and follow it. 

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Oct

2015

Agronomy Update

Confused About Your Soil Potassium Readings?

Author: Chad Kalaher

Soil fertility tests can be a moving target since soil chemistry is constantly changing, the soil is a living organism, and crop removal is different each year. Because of these and other factors, results can be dynamic over time. Potassium soil test results this fall have been lower than expected, even with a proper history of recent K2O fertilization. In talking with several farmers and reputable Midwest soil testing lab scientists about these results, lower potassium readings have led to many questions this fall.

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Apr

2015

S. Illinois & Missouri - Jonathan Perkins, CCA

Checklist for #Plant15

Hopefully by now, the snow has melted and the countryside has started to green. The 2015 season is about to begin! Are you ready on your farm? To help keep on target and avoid last minute quick fixes, let’s review a short checklist of what we need to get started.

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Apr

2015

NW Illinois & Iowa - Craig Kilby, CCA

High Potential for Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) & Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS)

Author: Craig Kilby

There is a high potential for soybean cyst nematode (SCN) and sudden death syndrome (SDS) in 2015. Fields returning to soybeans in 2015 that were soybeans in 2013 may have much higher SCN numbers than you know. It is certainly possible if fields haven’t been tested for SCN since 2013. That concern is based on the dry 2013 growing season across much of western Illinois, northern Missouri, and Iowa.

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Apr

2015

NE Illinois & NW Indiana - Chad Kalaher, CCA

Challenge Yourself to Improve Efficiency, Production and ROI

Author: Chad Kalaher

As I write this, it feels like the 2015 growing season may start with cool conditions, but we all know that could change by mid-late April. Not only have temperatures been below average during November and February, but commodity prices have “cooled” as well. Lower commodity prices require additional vigilance for managing profits. Although some may believe “cutting back” on inputs is the best approach for 2015, I challenge you to think about ways of improving your operation’s efficiency, production level, and return on investments (ROI).

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