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.
Categories: Agronomy, E Central Illinois
Tags: soybeans, Chad Kalaher, Agronomy Update, Illinois Agronomy, Herbicide Damage
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.
Categories: E Central Illinois
Tags: corn, Chad Kalaher, Agronomy, Illinois Agronomy, sidewall compaction, low populations
I wanted to share with you some observations I have seen in corn after fielding some chemical complaints over the last few days.
Tags: corn, Agronomy, Illinois Agronomy, herbicide injury, . Chad Kalaher
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.
Categories: Agronomy, N Illinois, S. Wisconsin
Tags: planting, Practical Farm Research, Agronomy, Planting Depth, Illinois Agronomy, PFR, Wisconsin Agronomy, Jon Skinner, Planting Date, AgChat
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.
Categories: Agronomy, S Illinois
Tags: Aphids, Wheat, Illinois Agronomy, wheat growth stages, Sean Nettleton, Ag Chat, Nitrogen Management on Wheat, Feeks Scale, wheat management
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.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Wheat, Illinois Agronomy, PFR, tiller counts, nitrogen management, Sean Nettleton, AgChat
Categories: Agronomy, NE Illinois, NW Indiana, S. Wisconsin
Tags: Beck's Blog, AgTalk, Chad Kalaher, Agronomy Update, Beck's Agronomist, indiana agronomy, Illinois Agronomy, Winter Wheat, winter kill in wheat, Wisconsin Agronomy, MIDWEST WHEAT, Hessian fly-free date
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.
Tags: harvest, corn harvest, Agronomy, Ear Rot, Illinois Agronomy, Wisconsin Agronomy, vomitoxin, Ag Chat, Ag Talk, Jon Skinner, corn ear molds, mycotoxins, evaluating ear molds, corn ear rot, Diplodia Ear Rot, kernel mold, Fusarium Ear Rot, fumonisins, Gibberella Ear Rot, zearalenone, pink mold on corn, Aspergillus Ear Rot, aflatoxin, kernel moisture, harvest 2016
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.
Categories: NE Illinois, NW Indiana
Tags: Beck's Blog, AgTalk, Chad Kalaher, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, agronomist, Beck's Agronomist, indiana agronomy, Illinois Agronomy, Fungicide, Insecticide, Disease Development, Nitrogen Uptake
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.
Tags: corn, Agronomy, Illinois Agronomy, Fungicide, AgTalk. Jon Skinner, Foliar Diseases, Managing Pests
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.
Categories: Agronomy, NE Illinois, NW Indiana
Tags: Beck's Blog, AgTalk, Chad Kalaher, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, agronomist, Beck's Agronomist, indiana agronomy, Illinois Agronomy, Replant, Delayed planting, seeding rate recommendations
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.
Tags: Beck's Blog, AgTalk, Chad Kalaher, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, Head Scab in Wheat, Wheat, agronomist, Beck's Agronomist, indiana agronomy, Illinois Agronomy, wheat growth stages, fungicides in wheat, flag-leaf growth stage, leaf diseases in wheat
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!
Categories: Agronomy Talk
Tags: Illinois Agronomy, Agronomy Talk, Sean Nettleton
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.
Tags: Craig Kilby, Illinois Agronomy, Agronomy Talk
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.
Tags: Beck's Blog, AgTalk, Chad Kalaher, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, agronomist, Beck's Agronomist, indiana agronomy, Illinois Agronomy, soil fertility test, soil potassium readings, crop removal of nutrients
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.
Tags: CropTalk, AgTalk, Agronomy, agronomist, Missouri Agronomy, Beck's Agronomist, Agronomy News, AgronomyTalk, Illinois Agronomy, Beck's Jonathan Perkins discusses
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.
Tags: CropTalk, AgTalk, Agronomy, agronomist, Beck's Agronomist, Agronomy News, AgronomyTalk, Illinois Agronomy, Iowa Agronomy, Beck's Craig Kilby discusses
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).
Tags: CropTalk, AgTalk, agronomist, Beck's Agronomist, Agronomy News, indiana agronomy, AgronomyTalk, Illinois Agronomy, Beck's Chad Kalaher discusses