We have received a lot of phone calls about down corn throughout the season.
Early on, this issue was primarily caused by saturated soils and heavy winds that pushed the corn over at the root system.
Categories: Agronomy, Agronomy Talk
Tags: corn, Agronomy, Steve Gauck, late-season corn damage, crown rot, down corn, becks agronomy
We are having a particularly wet harvest in many areas. Keep an eye out for deteriorating grain quality. Here’s a good reference guide from Steve Gauck on ear molds in corn.
Tags: Steve Gauck, Agronomy Talk, ear molds, trichoderma, penicillum, gibberella, fusarium, diplodia, aspergillus
It's pollination time in Southern Indiana and this agronomy update is all about checking how well your corn is pollinating.
Categories: Agronomy, S Indiana, Agronomy Talk
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Now is the time that many of you will be making some decisions regarding fungicide and insecticide applications on your soybeans.
Categories: Agronomy, S Indiana
High heat and humidity, especially like we have experienced this summer, creates a perfect breeding ground for diseases such as gray leaf spot. Because of this, you may find that your corn fields are in need of a fungicide application.
Do you know the difference between Phytophthora Root Rot and Fusarium Wilt in soybeans?
Check out this quick Agronomy Update video from Beck's agronomist, Steve Gauck to learn more about the signs and symptoms of both diseases, and how to tell the difference in the field.
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Planters have continued to roll across fields in the Midwest over the last few weeks and soybeans have finally started to emerge. Now is a great time to evaluate your stands and see if there are any issues that need to be addressed.
Categories: S Indiana
Tags: soybeans, Agronomy, Steve Gauck, indiana agronomy, ILeVO, Halo Effect
In 2016, many parts of southern Indiana experienced a bad outbreak of Southern Rust that caused yield loss in a lot of areas. Many farmers have seen an influx of this disease present in their fields again this year. However, there has also been a large presence of Common Rust in corn fields this year as well.
Check out this latest video to learn more about the visual differences between the two diseases and what you can expect in terms of long term effects and yield loss.
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Late last week I evaluated a soybean field that was suffering from slight stunting that was caused by a herbicide application.
Scouting your wheat now is critical to preventing Fusarium head scab in your fields. Get to know and understand the wheat growth stages and timing and be prepared to apply fungicide when necessary.
Tags: Agronomy, Agronomy Update, Scouting, Steve Gauck, Wheat, Head Scab, Fusarium Head Scab
Over the past few weeks, many farmers have called me jokily asking, “is it too early to plant?”
My answers always seem to be long, with a lot of details and factors, as I try to help them determine if it is or isn’t too early. With that said, let’s look at our ideal planting dates and things you need to consider before planting.
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It is the dawn of a new season and new opportunity! Before heading to the fields this spring, be sure to have your corn meters calibrated to the seed size you are planting to maximize seed placement. Take time the first day of planting to go over the planter, check its depth, and look at plant spacing, fertilizer rates, closing wheels, talc, and graphite. Mistakes made with the planter will haunt you all season, so don’t worry about how many acres you plant the first day, just get the planter set right! If you are looking at some of our PFR Proven™ products and practices, leave some check strips, as we all want to know what works to increase profits this year.
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We have been experiencing warmer than usual temperatures this winter in Southern Indiana. In terms of wheat, this warm weather has not concerned me as it is what happens in early spring that affects yield the most. The two factors that have the biggest impact on our quest to achieving high-yielding wheat are scouting and nitrogen (N) management. As you begin to evaluate your wheat stand, one of the most important things to remember is to perform stand checks. This can be done with a 1 x 1 ft. square, as shown below. Be sure to take counts at multiple locations that represent different landscape positions in your fields.
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Diseases have become a major topic this fall. We have seen gray leaf spot, Anthracnose stalk rot, Diplopia stalk and ear rot, and even southern rust. Corn has filled out well, but stalk quality has become a concern as plants have cannibalized with late stress.
Take one last chance to scout before harvest begins. As you walk fields, look at disease levels. Which hybrids handled disease better? Are you happy with your fungicide applications? Look at grain fill and pollination. Take a final assessment of weed control and make note of what weeds are present and if they need to be targeted next year. In soybeans, be on the lookout for Palmer amaranth, as it has been identified in southern Indiana.
What a year it has been. Many areas have experienced both hot and cold temperatures, as well as wet and dry spells. As we evaluate the crop in August, we have a great opportunity to take a hard look at yield potential and yield loss suffered this year.
Moving into the summer months, scouting is extremely critical. To maximize yield we need to be looking at the crop and watching what it is telling us. Pay close attention to diseases and nutrient deficiencies. What diseases are starting to show up? Where in the canopy are they? Do you have hybrids that are tolerant to leaf diseases? These questions will help determine if a fungicide application is needed.
Scouting is critical to the success of your crop. Now is a great time to evaluate your stands and the job your planter did. As corn reaches the V4 to V6 growth stage, it is transitioning from receiving energy from the seed to getting all of its energy from the roots. Take time to dig plants now and look at the root health.
With wheat harvest officially underway across southern Indiana, I wanted to offer you a few tips about harvest and planting double crop soybeans.
When preparing to harvest wheat, the ideal moisture is between 14 to 20 percent. Below 14 percent moisture we start to see yield loss and we could also run the risk of a rain lowering test weight and quality. Air drying wheat will give you the best quality. For long-term storage, make sure to dry your wheat to 12.5 percent moisture.
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