In this video, Austin Scott takes us on a virtual tour of our Dicamaba in the PRE plot at Beck's PFR. The goal of this study is to evaluate different pre-emerge herbicides that look at utilizing dicamaba as a PRE vs. other residuals.
Categories: Agronomy, Agronomy Talk
Looking for visual differences of weed pressure between fields with 1, 2, and 3 SOAs pre-emerge? We’ll we’ve got you covered.
Utilizing a broad-spectrum fall (post-harvest) burndown can help reduce the soil weed seed bank by controlling winter annual and perennial weeds. It can also offer several auxiliary benefits to row crop fields. Beyond the goal of reliable weed control, a fall herbicide application has many benefits. It can reduce host plants for pathogens such as soybean cyst nematode (SCN), over-wintering insects, and even diseases in warmer climates, and it can help maintain soil moisture in drought-stressed/arid climates. Fall herbicide applications also enable fields to be planted as soon as weather conditions allow; and help soil warming and drying in the spring, especially no-till fields. The net result is a more uniform crop emergence with fewer abiotic and biotic stressors.
Fusarium Head Blight (FHB), also called head scab, is a disease that can affect many small grain crops, but its economic impact is the largest on wheat. The causal pathogen of this disease is Fusarium graminearum, and it can significantly impact yield and grain quality. The disease can produce many mycotoxins. Deoxynivalenol (DON), also known as vomitoxin, is the primary mycotoxin screened for at grain delivery points.
Take a walk with Field Agronomist and Herbicide Specialist, Austin Scott, through a Tennessee corn field and learn more about increased black cutworm pressure.
Tags: corn, Agronomy, Black Cutworm, insect pressure
There are many reasons a corn crop may fail. In some years it’s a late frost and in others, soil surface crusting. Regardless of the reason the stand fails, it is important to destroy the original crop before replanting. Yield losses can occur if just 5,000 of the original corn plants remain to compete with the new stand. Therefore, it is imperative to successfully eradicate as much of the existing stand as possible.
Tags: corn, tillage, herbicides, terminating corn, failed corn
Can you pick a palmer from a redroot?
Weeds are off to the races this season and the first, and most important step to controlling broadleaf weeds is correct identification.
Tags: Agronomy, Weed Identification, Weeds, soil compaction, Weed Pressure
Check out this agronomy update to see how our 15 in. row population study is progressing at our PFR research plot in Murray, Kentucky!
Categories: Agronomy, Kentucky, Tennessee
Most farmers are aware of the "Time of Day Effect" when it comes to applying Liberty® herbicide on LibertyLink® soybeans.
I recently attended Dr. Larry Steckel's University of Tennessee Weed Tour and I wanted to give you an update on a few of the new herbicide programs that are coming out that can be used in double crop or high biomass situations.
Check out the video below to see the difference in residual formulations from this cover crop termination study.
Tags: Beck's Blog, Beck's Hybrids, Agronomy Update, Austin Scott, residual herbicides, double crop, Cover Crop Termination Study, High biomass
When scouting fields over the last few weeks I have seen a number of weeds popping up in corn and soybean fields across Beck's southern marketing area.
Did this year's freezing temperatures affect your yield potential?
While total wheat acres are down this year due to commodity prices, there there are still several thousand acres of Beck’s wheat planted throughout the South.
Unfortunately, that wheat has had a very troubled start this season. During planting, we experienced several weeks of dry weather that slowed emergence and even delayed planting. Then, in early January, we experienced two weather events that brought below normal temperatures (single digits in some areas) for extended periods of time. I have had several concerned farmers call and ask me if these weather events damaged their wheat crop and, true to my agronomist nature, my answer has been, “it depends on several factors.”
Tags: Agronomy Update, Wheat, Austin Scott, Kentucky Agronomy, Tennessee Agronomy, Wheat Freeze Injury, Wheat Feekes Scale, Split Applying Nitrogen on Wheat
I feel like this year has been a big set up. We had excellent planting conditions in late March and early April, and we were able to get a lot of crops planted. Then Mother Nature took a turn for the worst, and the following three weeks were cold, wet, and cloudy. Much of our corn struggled to emerge and lacked the early season vigor I would typically like to see. However, we were only accumulating five to ten growing degree units (GDUs) per day, so it was somewhat expected. Seed treated with Beck’s Escalate™ yield enhancement system really had an advantage this year! Now that the weather has warmed up and we’ve started seeing the sun again, the corn that wasn’t underwater for too long is starting to look much better. Most of my service calls recently have been in regards to soybeans, or really the lack thereof. Even though each field has the potential to be completely different, I have started to notice a pattern. There have been two major culprits of soybean loss this year: PPO or Group 14 herbicides (especially in soybeans that were treated with ILeVo®) and slugs.
Categories: Agronomy, Kentucky, Tennessee, Field News
Over the past few weeks, I've observed a high amount of soybean slug damage that has become a problem as of late.
These slugs actually eat soybean plants as they come up through the ground and because common insecticides are not active on them, they have the potential to cause yield loss.
Back in March, a majority of my territory experienced a freeze event. And while our wheat grew out of it and was looking very healthy, we are now seeing some damage.
Many parts of Indiana, Missouri, and Kentucky have received over 4 in. of rain in a very short amount of time which has caused severe flooding in some areas. Because of this, I have received a number of questions from farmers wondering how long corn can survive under water and how much of their nitrogen (N) will still be there when the water finally recedes.
Much of the wheat throughout my territory is now between Feekes 10 (head in boot) and Feekes 10.1 (grain head visible). This means that within the next two weeks, it will be time to start making fungicide applications to protect our wheat against Fusarium head blight (head scab).
Tags: Agronomy, Wheat, Austin Scott, Kentucky Agronomy, Tennessee Agronomy, Head Scab, fungicide on wheat
Do you know what the most abundant element in the air is? It’s not oxygen. It’s not hydrogen. It’s actually nitrogen (N). That’s right, one of the biggest input costs on your farm is actually floating around in the air you’re breathing. But since it’s a diatomic molecule (N2=gas), your corn crop can’t access it. Therefore, you have to buy and apply it to your crop. Soybeans, on the other hand, are legumes which means they can capture that free-floating N gas and, with the help of some soil microbes, convert it to a usable form of N.
If you haven’t already started planting, I’m sure you will be soon. Let’s quickly discuss the unseasonably warm temperatures we had this winter and why it has me concerned for this growing season. We rely on sub-freezing temperatures to eliminate many disease pathogens and insects that overwinter in our fields
Categories: Agronomy Talk
Beck’s agronomist, Austin Scott, provides an update to last week’s wheat webinar on freeze damage.
Tags: Agronomy, Agronomy Update, Wheat, Austin Scott, freeze damage