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Apr

2017

E. INDIANA AND MICHIGAN - BRENT MINETT, CCA

Spring Seasons Are Anything But Typical

Author: Brent Minett

Most spring seasons are anything but typical. Cool, wet conditions can delay planting, and long hours can dull the senses and affect our attention to detail.

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Oct

2016

E. INDIANA AND MICHIGAN - BRENT MINETT, CCA

Considerations Before Fall-Tilling

Author: Brent Minett

Although fall tillage is a common practice across much of the Corn Belt, there are scenarios that favor the practice and others that do not. Many times following harvest, we begin plowing without considering amultitude of factors that might limit the benefits we should experience from making that decision. 

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Sep

2016

E. INDIANA AND MICHIGAN - BRENT MINETT, CCA

Establishing Baselines for Your Fields

Author: Brent Minett

Decision making in farming can be tough. There are so many management strategies and products that have the potential to increase net revenue. One way to make it easier is to establish a baseline for yield in every field.

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Aug

2016

E. INDIANA AND MICHIGAN - BRENT MINETT, CCA

Corn Fungicide Applications

Author: Brent Minett

Corn fungicide applications are always a highly debated topic. Many swear by them while others swear at them when they spend the money and see little or no yield benefit. Here are a couple things I like to consider before making an application...

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Jul

2016

E. INDIANA AND MICHIGAN - BRENT MINETT, CCA

Tips for Successful Fungicide Applications

Author: Brent Minett

Many of you may be considering a fungicide application to your soybean fields this summer. We have seen nice yield increases and return on investment in our Practical Farm Research® studies when implementing this practice. Here are a few tips to help make it successful on your farm.

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Jun

2016

E. INDIANA AND MICHIGAN - BRENT MINETT, CCA

Using Liberty® Herbicide on LibertyLink® Soybeans

Author: Brent Minett

In most cases, the more you do something the better you become at it. Here are some things we have learned the more we have used Liberty® herbicide on LibertyLink® soybeans.

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May

2016

E. Indiana and Michigan - Brent Minett, CCA

Nitrogen Stabilizers

Author: Brent Minett

Many of you will be sidedressing corn in the coming weeks. Nitrogen represents a significant part of the investment needed to grow a corn crop, so we want to maximize yield while being efficient in the process. Nitrogen stabilizers are one way to accomplish this goal.

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Apr

2016

E. Indiana & W. Ohio - Brent Minett, CCA

How Early Should I Plant Corn?

Author: Brent Minett

How early should I plant corn? We ask ourselves that question every spring because unfortunately, the correct answer is illusive. It really depends on many variables that we have very little ability to control. Below are a few factors to consider when trying to answer this question for your own farm.

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Oct

2015

E. Indiana & W. Ohio - Brent Minett, CCA

Stalk Quality and Harvest Prioritization

Author: Brent Minett

Stalk quality can be negatively affected by three factors: disease, nutrient deficiency, and environment. Fungal diseases like fusarium, anthracnose, and gibberella stalk rot cause decay of the internal pith tissues of the stalk. Nitrogen deficiency can lead to the ear cannibalizing the stalk to feed itself. Extended straight line winds in excess of 60 mph can cause any hybrid to lodge; especially those fields that have experienced stress from the other two factors. Harvest prioritization will be especially important this fall.

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Sep

2015

E. Indiana & W. Ohio - Brent Minett, CCA

How Are We Going To Handle This Year's Crop?

Author: Brent Minett

The 2015 growing season has been one most of us would rather forget. Cool and wet followed by warm and wet followed by dry in a few isolated areas. Nitrogen loss and leaf disease have added to the problem as summer has progressed. As harvest approaches, we need to consider how we are going to handle this crop. Here are a few thoughts:

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Aug

2015

E. Indiana & W. Ohio - Brent Minett, CCA

Scouting Tips To Add Bushels

Author: Brent Minett

It has been a challenging growing season and although you might feel like giving up, don’t! Here are few scouting tips that could add a few bushels to this year’s crop.

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Jul

2015

E. Indiana & W. Ohio - Brent Minett, CCA

Fungicide: To Spray or Not To Spray

Author: Brent Minett

Every year at this time farmers make the decision “to spray or not spray” their corn fields with fungicide. Understanding all the factors that need to be evaluated before full tassel helps eliminate confusion and hand wringing when the planes are ready and available. 

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Jun

2015

E. Indiana & W. Ohio - Brent Minett, CCA

Four methods for quick scouting

Author: Brent Minett

We don’t always spend enough time out in our fields evaluating the growing crop and heading off potential challenges. Instead of dwelling on stand counts or growth stages, let’s look at other ways to scout quickly maturing crops.

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May

2015

E. Indiana & W. Ohio - Brent Minett, CCA

Minimizing Nitrogen Loss

Author: Brent Minett

Nothing stirs debate more than a nitrogen (N) rate discussion at the coffee shop or ball game. Is it just because it is an expensive input or could it be because the correct answer for N rate varies so much from year to year? Universities, Beck’s and other companies and organizations have spent a lot of time and resources trying to pinpoint the exact rate of N needed to maximize yields and profits at the same time. 


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Apr

2015

E. Indiana & Ohio - Brent Minett, CCA

A Few Corn Planting Reminders…

Author: Brent Minett

A Few Corn Planting Reminders …Planting Depth, Planting Speed, Talc/Graphite

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