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Jun

2018

Agronomy Update: Fungicide Use in Corn

Author: Chad Kalaher

The corn in my area is at, or approaching, the VT growth stage with plants starting to tassel. It's typically this time of year that I often get a lot of questions regarding fungicides

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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: Post Herbicide Labels

Author: Chad Kalaher

Do you need a refresher on growth staging corn and why it’s important to check the herbicide labels prior to application? What to learn more about what’s happening physiologically to corn at this growth stage and how it can impact your yield this season?
 

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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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Jun

2017

Agronomy Update

Floppy Corn Syndrome

Author: Chad Kalaher

Many areas of the Midwest have been experiencing a significant amount of dry weather over the last few weeks. Because of this I have received a number of calls and questions from farmers regarding floppy corn (rootless corn) syndrome. In this video, I am in East Central Illinois in a field that was planted on May 10, 2017. Since planting, this area has gone through a significant dry spell, which is uncommon for the area.

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Jun

2017

Agronomy Update

Assessing Corn Hail Damage

Author: Chad Kalaher

While scouting fields in Northwest Illinois last week I assessed a corn field that suffered from severe damage that resulted from a storm that brought 3 in. of rain and softball sized hail when the corn was at the V4 growth stage. 

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May

2017

Agronomy Update

Time to Think About Septoria Brown Spot Control

Author: Chad Kalaher

Did you know that Septoria brown spot (SBS), also know as brown spot, is the second biggest disease threat to soybean yield after soybean cyst nematodes?
 
Since SBS has the potential to reduce soybean yields more than most farmers and agronomists realize, it's important to implement additional attention and control measures to manage this disease.

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May

2017

Agronomy Update

Soybean Pythium Seedling Blight

Author: Chad Kalaher

While scouting fields these past few weeks I have spotted some presence of soybean Pythium seedling blight across east central Illinois as a result of the cold, wet conditions we have experienced.  

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Apr

2017

NE ILLINOIS, NW INDIANA, SE WISCONSIN - CHAD KALAHER, CCA

Focus on Fundamental Agronomic Principles for Profitability

Author: Chad Kalaher

One of the most common questions this year has been what effects will the warm winter have on crop production for 2017? Will we see increased insect pressure, weeds, diseases, and crop stres? Only time will tell, but the lack of frozen soils usually means more issues with insects and diseases that can overwinter.

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Mar

2017

Agronomy Update

Wheat Follow-up with Chad Kalaher: Assessing Freeze Damage

Author: Chad Kalaher

Beck’s agronomist, Chad Kalaher, provides an update to last week’s wheat webinar on freeze damage.

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Oct

2016

NE ILLINOIS, NW INDIANA, SE WISCONSIN - CHAD KALAHER, CCA

Fall Field Work is Underway

Author: Chad Kalaher

With harvest completion just around the corner, fall field work including fertilizer applications and tillage operations will be top priority. If you are applying dry fertilizer this fall, now is the best time to utilize yield maps for VRT applications based on crop removal. 

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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

NE ILLINOIS, NW INDIANA, SE WISCONSIN - CHAD KALAHER, CCA

Pre-Harvest Reminders

Author: Chad Kalaher

As the growing season comes to an end, it’s always a good idea to review weather records and the various practices that you experimented with on your farms. Once again, weather events created challenges throughout the 2016 growing season that were beyond our control.

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Aug

2016

NE ILLINOIS, NW INDIANA, SE WISCONSIN - CHAD KALAHER, CCA

Disease Pressure Low in Corn and Soybeans

Author: Chad Kalaher

Disease levels have been low in both corn and soybeans compared to this time last year. In corn, early observations near  tasseling showed very light amounts of gray leaf spot, northern corn leaf blight, and common rust. Septoria brown spot has been observed in soybeans. 

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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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Jul

2016

NE ILLINOIS, NW INDIANA, SE WISCONSIN - CHAD KALAHER, CCA

Management Practices to Protect Your Crop's Yield Potential

Author: Chad Kalaher

During July, many farmers usually focus their attention on weather patterns and hope for timely, adequate rainfall. While weather is usually the single largest contributing factor toward final yield, many management practices should still be considered to help maximize and protect your crop’s yield potential.

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Jun

2016

NE ILLINOIS, NW INDIANA, SE WISCONSIN - CHAD KALAHER, CCA

Next Steps for Corn and Soybean Crops

Author: Chad Kalaher

A significant amount of corn was planted into good conditions across the majority of our geography between April 14 and 19. Soil temperatures were adequate and trended upward to support excellent germination and rapid emergence. During the last week of April, air and ground temperatures cooled, with many areas receiving rainfall. Early stand counts and root development in corn were excellent.

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May

2016

NE Illinois, NW Indiana, SE Wisconsin - Chad Kalaher, CCA

Early Season Crop Evaluations

Author: Chad Kalaher

May is usually an optimum time to scout fields for early-season crop protection and management needs. Make sure to evaluate stands, weed control performance of pre-plant and pre-emerge herbicides, and the potential need for a timely post-emerge application. In corn, review post herbicide labels prior to application for any potential use restrictions with soil-applied insecticides. If a significant amount of rain has occurred since nitrogen (N) was applied, evaluating soil nitrate levels may help fine-tune your sidedress application rate.

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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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