Agronomy Talk

19

Oct

2016

OHIO - MIKE HANNEWALD, CCA

Evaluating Your Combines Performance

Author: Alex Johnson

As harvest progresses in Ohio, we are finding out which fields received enough water and which did not. As you navigate these varying conditions, it’s important to continue evaluating your combine’s performance. We usually do a good job of setting the combine when we start harvest; but don’t forget to continually monitor threshing quality and crop losses. 

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23

Sep

2016

OHIO - MIKE HANNEWALD, CCA

How to Harvest Your Data

Author: Alex Johnson

Summer rains have been few and far between in Ohio. While some fields have luckily received more than others, we’ll find out soon which fields received enough to maintain yields when the combines roll.

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31

Aug

2016

OHIO - MIKE HANNEWALD, CCA

Late Season Scouting Efforts

Author: Alex Johnson

While August starts the downhill slope of the growing season, a lot is still happening out in the fields. Kernels and pods are filling out and we watch the sky for those ever-important August rains. We may often feel that there is little that we can do to impact the crop at this point in the season. However, there is much we can learn now by walking fields and asking ourselves which fields look the best and the worst. 

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13

Jul

2016

OHIO - MIKE HANNEWALD, CCA

Sound Agronomic Decisions Can Improve Profitability

Author: Alex Johnson

While spring and early summer certainly brought some challenges to Ohio farmers, much of the yield potential of our corn and soybean crops is determined during the months of July and August. Even though weather may be the main yield-influencing factor this time of year, there are a few things you can do now to improve profitability. 

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22

Jun

2016

OHIO - ALEX JOHNSON, CCA

Sugar as a Starter Additive?

Author: Alex Johnson

While reflecting on the months leading up to planting, I realized I received more phone calls and questions on the Starter Additive – Sugar Study at our Ohio Practical Farm Research (PFR)® location than any other study in the PFR Book. 

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26

May

2016

Ohio - Alex Johnson, CCA

Late Planted Corn

Author: Alex Johnson

History shows us that early planted crops yield more than late planted 8 out of every 10 years. But since we know the weather doesn’t always work out in our favor, let’s look at what could be in store if fields end up getting planted late. Here’s the positive: late planted corn does compensate somewhat. Our XL 5828™*brand (110-day) hybrid takes 2,650 growing degree days (GDD) to physiologically mature to the black layer growth stage. For every day that planting is delayed beyond May 1, that corn will compensate 6.8 GDDs.

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17

May

2016

Agronomy Update

Ohio Fields Showing Signs of Frost Damage

Author: Alex Johnson

The cool temperatures we have experienced over the last several nights have led to questions regarding frost damage. We are seeing some signs of frost damage here at our Ohio Practical Farm Research (PFR)® location, however we won’t know the severity of this damage until three to five days following the frost event. With the low temperatures leading up to this recent frost event, the hardening off process had started making our crops more tolerant of cool temperatures. Wet soils and dew present helps to maintain soil temperatures, thereby decreasing the risk of injury.

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6

May

2016

Agronomy Update

When Will My Corn Come Up?

Author: Alex Johnson

Over the past week, much of Ohio has received excess rainfall that has slowed fieldwork and planting almost to a halt. As of May 1, 2016, the USDA reported that 27 percent of Ohio’s corn was planted, but only 1 percent had emerged. With the cool, wet weather we have had, emergence is taking longer than usual. It’s tempting to look at the calendar and start to get concerned if your corn isn’t coming up in 7 to10 days like you might have expected. If you are looking at your planted fields and wondering when you will start to see rows of corn, the following information should help you understand when you might expect to see those small green spikes

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25

Apr

2016

Agronomy Update

Evaluating Pottinger High Speed Tillage Tool

Author: Alex Johnson

This spring I had the opportunity to demo a tillage tool I have been very curious about, the TERRADISC 4001 manufactured by Pottinger. This tool is what I refer to as a high speed disc or compact disc. It is a one-pass tillage tool that can take corn residue and till it to be plant-ready with just one pass. 

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21

Apr

2016

Agronomy Update

Rain Coming? Stop Planting?

Author: Alex Johnson

The first drink of water corn or soybean seed takes is important. A rain event within 24 hours of planting can cause lower yields and possibly a thin stand. A small, light rain (such as 0.1 in.) doesn’t seem to have an adverse effect, but larger rain events often do.

So the million-dollar question is, “do I plant today or do I stop because a rain is coming?” If you are looking for some data to help you make that decision, we have a tool for you...

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14

Apr

2016

Ohio - Alex Johnson, CCA

Make it Count!

Author: Alex Johnson

Springtime is my favorite time of year! After five months of cold, frozen and wet, I love getting out into the field to start the 2016 growing season. My slogan for this growing season is “MAKE IT COUNT.” Why is that important? It is easy to get in a hurry, especially this time of year. I’m guilty of it as well. But one thing that can put spring business into perspective is: “MAKE IT COUNT.” Each year we get one shot. Let’s strive to make it our best shot each year.

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12

Jan

2016

Agronomy Update

What do Residual Herbicides Have to Do with Raising Higher-Yielding Soybeans?

Author: Alex Johnson

I’m writing this agronomy update in response to the question so many Beck’s customers have been asking. What do I do about residual herbicides on SOYBEANS this year? What makes a farmer ask this question? Most customers were happy with the weed control they saw in 2015 and are planning to use the same program in 2016. But others had soybeans that were stunted, which raised some concern.

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10

Dec

2015

Agronomy Update

Effects of Early Maturing Corn and Soybeans on Cover Crops

Author: Alex Johnson

Have you ever considered planting an earlier maturity soybean variety or corn hybrid so that you could plant your cover crop earlier in the fall? The question is, how much time will it gain you by dropping to an earlier maturity? This past fall, I set out to answer just that. After months of note taking and studying our soybean show plot (planted April 29) at the Ohio Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site, I am excited to share my findings!  

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20

Oct

2015

Ohio - Alex Johnson, CCA

Make Product Evaluations at Harvest

Author: Alex Johnson

Harvest is in full swing and now is the time for product evaluations. Many farmers I know do not walk their fields at length to evaluate corn and soybean variety performance on their farm during the summer, but during harvest, you’ve got the best seat in the house — right behind the header. Use this opportunity to jot some notes down as you go from field to field and variety to variety.

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16

Oct

2015

Agronomy Update

Corn and Soybeans Getting Too Dry?

Author: Alex Johnson

“How much money are we losing by not hauling in the water?” That’s the question some farmers have been asking this year. Late summer and fall were very dry and warm this year, which caused corn and soybeans to dry down fast and early. As usual, soybean harvest began and beans quickly dried down below 13 percent during harvest. In some areas, corn is getting dryer than 15 percent moisture in the field. Not only is some corn coming out of the field dry this year, in some cases it is TOO dry. Whenever corn gets dryer than 15 percent (15.5 percent at some elevators) it means you are hauling in less pounds to the elevator than you could have. It is water that you are not selling that you could have with no dock-age. So how much does it cost?

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6

Oct

2015

Agronomy Update

Crown Rot in Ohio Corn Fields

Author: Alex Johnson

This week I wanted to give a quick update on the crown rot that I am seeing in corn fields this year. Crown rot is caused by early wet conditions followed by a stress later in the season. Crown rots, stalk rots and cannibalization can affect standability. Therefore, these fields should be prioritized for early harvest. Check out the video to learn more!

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30

Sep

2015

Agronomy Update

Fight SDS and Soybean Cyst Nematodes

Author: Alex Johnson

Over the past few weeks, I have joined a few of our Beck's customers in the field to take a look at their ILeVO® treated soybean tests. ILeVO is a new seed treatment from Bayer CropScience that is the only solution for Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) that has activity against nematodes.

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20

Sep

2015

Ohio - Alex Johnson, CCA

Thoughts Prior to Harvest

Author: Alex Johnson

One tendency among farmers with rotor combines is to run the rotor too slow. This grinds material more, moves material slower, and produces more fines to clean out. If the concave is too far open or closed, it can break grain. Book settings will normally get you pretty close when setting your combine.

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20

Aug

2015

Ohio - Alex Johnson, CCA

Frequent Rains Causing Yellowing, Water Damage & Nitrogen Loss

Author: Alex Johnson

Frequent rains have made the 2015 growing season very challenging. Yellow corn and soybeans are something many farmers in Ohio are tired of looking at. As I’ve walked fields, I’ve seen increased disease pressure in corn and soybeans that came in even earlier than last year. These include gray leaf spot, northern corn leaf blight, and anthracnose in corn and frogeye leaf spot and septoria brown spot in soybeans. In many fields, disease was of secondary concern due to water damage and nitrogen loss.

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12

Aug

2015

Agronomy Update

Crop Differences by Planting Date, Stalk Concerns & Current USDA Numbers

Author: Alex Johnson

This week, Rachel and I highlight the corn planting date study here at Beck’s London, OH Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site. Check out the video to learn more about the differences we are seeing in our crop based on the different planting dates tested. Our May 4, 2015 planting date is one example of the large differences in yield we are expecting!

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