In recent years, the Dectes Stem Borer (Dectes texanus texanus) has become a regular pest in soybean fields throughout the lower Midwest.
Categories: Agronomy, Agronomy Talk
Tags: soybean, Agronomy, Agronomy Talk, dectes stem borer, soybean pests
Earlier this week I scouted some fields in Southern Illinois following the rains we received last weekend.
With this wheat in this field pushing Feekes 7, I plan on taking some soil and tissue samples in a few different spots to see what's going on in these plants.
Tags: Wheat, fungicide on wheat, tissue sample, soil test, flag leaf, foliar applications on wheat
Data has shown that the best time to apply fungicides on soybeans is at the R3 growth stage.
Categories: Agronomy, S Illinois
Earlier this week I spent some time assessing what's left of our flooded corn fields in Southern Illinois.
This particular field saw a foot of rain and had standing water up to 3 ft. that stood in some spots for up to five days.
Spring is once again upon us! As with every year, it’s a great idea to review your field plans one last time before the rush begins. This year, I’m excited to work with farmers in our PFR Partners program. This will be a great tool that farmers can use to test studies from the Practical Farm Research (PFR)® book on their own farm, and to help prove the value of these products and practices out in the field.
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Beck’s agronomist, Sean Nettleton, provides an update to last week’s wheat webinar on freeze damage.
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Earlier this month I sent an update discussing how the warmer weather could affect nitrogen (N) applications on wheat. With another stretch of unseasonably warm weather upon us, I thought it would be a great time to provide a quick update on our wheat crop.
Tags: Aphids, Wheat, Illinois Agronomy, wheat growth stages, Sean Nettleton, Ag Chat, Nitrogen Management on Wheat, Feeks Scale, wheat management
Over the past few seasons, soybean yields as a whole have been pretty impressive. As a strategy to combat lower grain prices, many farmers are taking a closer look at soybean after soybean, or even continuous soybean, rotations. This is especially true for farmers with acres that may not always be best suited to grow corn. Some things to think about when considering a soybean after soybean scenario are fertility, disease management, planting rate, and weed control.
Tags: soybeans, Practical Farm Research, Agronomy, Soybean Planting Date, PFR, frogeye leaf spot, Sean Nettleton, Ag Chat, SEED TREATMENT, southern Illinois agronomy, soybean fertility, pH, foliar disease
I’ve received a few calls over the past few weeks from wheat farmers inquiring whether or not their wheat fields were starting to break dormancy. From what I’ve seen, the answer is yes. Many wheat fields have in fact “greened up” over the last couple of weeks. With temperatures reaching the mid-60s on January 21 and 22, and nighttime temperatures remaining above freezing until around January 26, a definite change has taken place across southern Illinois wheat fields.
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Wheat, Illinois Agronomy, PFR, tiller counts, nitrogen management, Sean Nettleton, AgChat
Harvest is in full swing in southern Illinois! As you go from farm to farm, take the opportunity to write down your observations of hybrids and varieties, drainage concerns, or anything else you see that may help you in future decision making.
The end is near for the 2016 crop! As we prepare equipment for harvest, take time to review your plans for fall. Will you be sowing wheat, collecting soil samples, establishing cover crops, or even improving your fields’ drainage? There’s still time to review these plans to make sure these fall projects go smoothly.
As August rolls around, we can start to see the finish line on the 2016 crop season. It started wet in many areas of southern Illinois, and then it turned hot and dry. Many areas received a much needed cool period and rain event around July 4th, which helped with the pollination of early planted corn.
Knee high by the Fourth of July is the old saying for corn growth. In some cases it may be true this year. But for corn that was planted early, we probably should say tassel by the Fourth of July. Crop growth stages are all across the board in 2016. We will see fungicide applications taking place in July in some areas while in many others, corn and soybeans will have only been in the ground a little over a month.
As June rolls around here in southern Illinois, I start to think about wheat harvest and getting double-crop soybeans planted. It has been an interesting wheat year to say the least, but aren’t they all? In some areas of southern Illinois we dealt with stripe rust, which meant spending a lot of hours walking wheat fields in late April and early May.
While the 2016 crop continues to take shape, I wanted to take a minute to talk about the value of tissue sampling in the pursuit of high yielding crops. Whether you want to take a snap shot of your current fertility program,or you are trying to find your crop’s hidden hunger, collecting tissue samples throughout the season can be a rewarding experience. Tissue sampling gives you a chance to see if fertilizer rates or placement are providing adequate nutrients to the growing crop. Think of this like you or I going to the doctor for a checkup!
Every year when April rolls around, I get excited about two things: baseball season and getting those planters rolling! Hi, I’m your new southern Illinois field agronomist, Sean Nettleton. For my first ever Agronomy Talk, I wanted to keep it simple and talk about what I think is the most important pass we make in the field - planting!
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