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Oct

2018

Agronomy Update: Late-Season Soybean Disease, Plant Response and Impact on Seed Quality

Author: David Hughes

In this latest agronomy update, Beck’s Field Agronomist, David Hugues, addresses some of the seed quality issues farmers have been seeing in soybean fields across Missouri.

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Jul

2017

AGRONOMY UPDATE

The Importance of Nitrogen Timing and Placement

Author: David Hughes

Nitrogen (N) application timing and placement is important to farmers in Missouri who face nitrogen loss from denitrification and leaching.

In this latest agronomy upate, I am joined by our summer intern, Amy Johnson, and PFR Partner, Adam Casner, as we discuss the PFR Partners study taking place near Carrollton, MO

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Jun

2017

Field News

Sulfur Nutrition and Deficiency

Author: David Hughes

We experienced quite the planting season this year with heavy rainfall events occurring in much of our marketing area, resulting in significant replant of corn and soybean acres. Though the decision-making process and additional work seemed difficult at times, your efforts were not lost. Most replant stands that I have evaluated are looking very good and progressing nicely toward the genetic and yield potential of each hybrid and variety. With that said, I wanted to share with you some observations I have made in respect to the sulfur (S) nutrition in many of the fields I have observed.

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Apr

2017

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Reminders for Achieving a Successful Stand Establishment

Author: David Hughes

I want to share a few reminders about the impact our management decisions and environmental factors can have on successful stand establishment. Key factors impacting corn emergence are soil moisture, availability of oxygen, soil temperature, seed quality and protection with seed treatment, variety selection, planting depth, seed-to-soil contact, uniform spacing, and singulation.

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Feb

2017

Agronomy Update

Seed to Soil: It’s Getting Close!

Author: David Hughes

This time of year, I anxiously await two things – planting season and baseball. “Watch the ball hit the bat” rings out from dads as they cheer their sons on in batting cages all over the country. In farming, it is just as important to see the seed hit the soil. Nothing is more important or more exciting than getting that perfect stand at planting. After all, you can’t score if you don’t get on base.

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Feb

2017

Agronomy Update

Wheat Updates Continued...

Author: David Hughes

Kansas State Plant Pathologist Erick De DeWolf has put out, in my opinion, the most accurate winter wheat fungicide efficacy ratings. You can review it here. In it, he summarizes performance ratings and also provides insight we can utilize as we make plans for fungicide applications on our wheat this year.

In addition to these ratings, I wanted to share with you a few thoughts I had looking back on the 2016 season.

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Feb

2017

Agronomy Update

2017 Wheat Updates

Author: David Hughes

I’ve recently had the opportunity to scout a few wheat fields and I wanted to share with you a few updates. 

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Jan

2017

Agronomy Update

Weed Control Reminders

Author: David Hughes

Happy New Year from your Beck’s Missouri agronomy team! Alex, Clint, Norm, Matt and I look forward to the opportunity to help you succeed in 2017. With timely information, research, field diagnosis and experience, our goal is to help you make this year the most profitable it can be. Growing row crops in a low market environment can be challenging and requires us to sharpen and apply our management skills.  

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Oct

2016

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Developing Your Fertilizer Recommendation

Author: David Hughes

While fertilizer is a key input, many farmers are faced with low grain prices and margins. Though many crop advisors belabor the merits of different soil testing approaches, rarely do they consider accurate fertilizer recommendations that fit specific production and economic scenarios.

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Oct

2016

Agronomy Update

Controlling Winter Annual Weeds

Author: David Hughes

The time spent in the combine is perfect for scouting winter annual weeds while monitoring your harvest operations. A winter annual weed is just like it sounds… an annual weed with a life cycle that begins in the fall and may go dormant during the winter before maturing and dying in the spring. With this type of life cycle, winter annual weeds were less of a concern in past years because they weren’t considered to be competitive with a growing summer crop, and conventional tillage practices took care of them before planting. 

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Sep

2016

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16.8 Bu./A. Increase With Nitrogen Sealing System

Author: David Hughes

I get excited when farmers innovate and develop simple solutions to production challenges that provide immediate return on investment. John Miller from Catlin, IL has done just that with his Nitrogen Sealing Systems. 

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Aug

2016

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Developing Cover Crop Establishment Plans

Author: David Hughes

August is an excellent time to develop cover crop establishment plans. Using cover crops to reduce soil erosion, improve soil organic matter and health, and sequester plant nutrients for future crops is gaining popularity in Missouri. As with the development of any new practice, the use of cover crops and their establishment can be challenging as one learns what works and doesn’t work on his or her farm.

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Aug

2016

Agronomy Update

Sudden Death Syndrome Updates for Missouri

Author: David Hughes

This is an exciting time of year as many of our kids head back to school and those of us walking fields anticipate solid corn and soybean yields following a year of adequate rainfall and soil moisture.

At times rainfall was excessive, dew periods were long, and there were “perfectly timed” drops in air and soil temperatures at critical the stages of crop development that caused a “not so exciting” thing to look at in our soybean fields.

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Jul

2016

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Soil Testing and Fertilizer Application Programs

Author: David Hughes

As soybeans move into the reproductive phase, many ask if there are in-season nutrient applications that will enhance yield. Although soybeans will sometimes respond to foliar fertilizer applications, this is often because soil availability, root interception, and uptake of essential nutrients is limited.

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Jun

2016

Agronomy Update

Storm Winds and Heavy Rain Cause Root Lodging in Missouri Fields

Author: David Hughes

We received high storm winds with rainfall Monday night in much of Northern Missouri and there are a lot of acres with corn blown over or down (root lodging). I have not heard of any significant greensnap which is good.

Here are a few key points to remember... 

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Jun

2016

MISSOURI - DAVID HUGHES, CCA

Identifying N-Deficient Areas in Your Corn Fields

Author: David Hughes

The first two to three weeks of June is when I usually conduct flights to secure high-res aerial imagery of corn fields to determine nitrogen (N) health and identify N-deficient areas. Generally, N loss will become more apparent in Missouri corn fields as they reach the Vn to V10 growth stage and leaves close over the row. 

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May

2016

Missouri - David Hughes, CCA

Poultry Manure Applications

Author: David Hughes

One thing I recommend to many farmers in Missouri is to apply poultry manure. It provides increased soil health, organic matter, and adds a good supply of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). The average per-ton, N-P-K analysis I have taken in the past 8 to 10 years runs approximately 16-45-40 with 16 lb. N being the estimated first-year available. This means a 2 ton/A. application equates to applying approximately 32-90-80 ahead of a corn or soybean crop in addition to the organic material. Often, farmers want to apply manure on soybean stubble going to corn for the extra N benefit.

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May

2016

Agronomy Update

Missouri Soybean Fields Showing Signs of PPO-Herbicide Injury

Author: David Hughes

Over the past week I have been called to numerous fields to evaluate emerging soybeans that are weak, injured by feeding or herbicides, or were impacted by seedling disease, primarily Pythium (root rot/damping off). I wanted to take a minute to discuss PPO-herbicide injury.

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May

2016

Agronomy Update

What to Scout for in May

Author: David Hughes

May can be a busy month. Most of us are planting soybeans, post-spraying corn, spraying burndown ahead of beans, and/or checking on maturing wheat. We have a lot happening all at the same time.

With that in mind, I thought I’d share some of the things I keep an eye on and field scout for during this busy month. My intent with this article is not to give you a “how-to” for each of these, but rather to let you know what you should be looking for and thinking about from a crop diagnostic perspective.

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Apr

2016

Missouri - David Hughes, CCA

Planning Hybrid Placement

Author: David Hughes

Corn planting is underway for many farmers and we are implementing the field plans we have made since harvest. A critical component of our planning is hybrid placement. Putting the right product in the right field or sub-field area is important to maximizing performance. Efforts made by you, your dealer, seed advisor, and agronomist to position hybrids accurately for maximum yield only come to fruition if followed when the planter hits the field. 

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