Agronomy Talk

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Mar

2019

Agronomy Talk: Planter Preparations

Author: Jon Skinner

The planter pass is the most important pass of the season. It sets the stage for everything else. Equally important is the time spent doing planter maintenance, prep, and set up. Each planter or row unit manufacturer has specific guidelines as to how to set and adjust specific equipment, so always reference the owner’s manual, but the following holds true for most planting implements.

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Apr

2017

Agronomy Update

April Planting Updates

Author: Jon Skinner

With planting just days away, now is a great time to look over your final planting details to ensure you are setting yourself up for maximum yield potential with the upcoming crop. Becks Practical Farm Research (PFR)® continues to provide us with unbiased guidelines and insights to help maximize yield and return on investment (ROI) on every acre.

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Apr

2017

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A Few Reminders that Will Set the Foundation for a High-Yielding Crop

Author: Jon Skinner

Every year when the calendar flips to April, I sit back and think about how awesome it would be if I could tell you the exact crop plan and weather to obtain maximum yields in the season ahead. Sadly, I can’t do that, but I can at least pass on a few reminders that will set the foundation for a high-yielding crop. In my opinion, the planter pass is the most important pass of the season, and should be treated as such.

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Feb

2017

Agronomy Update

Don't Let the Warm Weather Fool You

Author: Jon Skinner

With unseasonably warm weather predicted over the next week in northern Illinois and Wisconsin, I anticipate seeing equipment hit the field for early spring field work. These early field applications can benefit any farming operation when done properly. Patience is very important as most of the compaction during a season occurs with the first pass of the year. 

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Oct

2016

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Residue Management For High-Yielding Fields

Author: Jon Skinner

For most farmers in Wisconsin and northern Illinois, the spring planting season seems like a long distant look into the future, but prepping for that time should start from the seat of the combine. With increases in yield, plant population and stalk quality, residue management has become one of the most important aspects of farming.

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Sep

2016

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Do You Have Your Fertilizer Plans In Place?

Author: Jon Skinner

As harvest progresses, it’s important to take time to look at what the corn crop has to tell us. Walk your fields and evaluate hybrids for disease, stalk quality, and nutrient deficiencies. Not only will a last minute scouting session help us evaluate the farming and management practices implemented this past year, but it will also help us plan for harvest work. Now is also the time to explore options for residue management and fertilizer decisions.

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Sep

2016

Agronomy Update

Identifying Corn Ear Molds In Your Fields

Author: Jon Skinner

Conditions throughout many parts of Wisconsin and northern Illinois have been favorable for the development of corn ear molds. Ear molds are of particular concern because of the adverse effects they can have on grain storage. They also result in the development of mycotoxins, which can have detrimental effects on feed value and animal health. 

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Aug

2016

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Meet Your New Agronomist!

Author: Jon Skinner

Greetings, I am Jon Skinner, your new field agronomist for northern Illinois and Wisconsin. Born and raised on a row crop farm in central Illinois, I was ingrained with a passion and fascination for agriculture. This lead me to northern Illinois nearly nine years ago.

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Jun

2016

Agronomy Update

Protect Your Corn from Yield Robbing Pests

Author: Jon Skinner

Protecting corn from yield-robbing pests is one of the greatest concerns for farmers each year. From late June to mid-July these pests include foliar diseases and silk clipping insects. Properly managing these pests is crucial, and we can start by getting a better understanding of the economic and agronomic factors of each specific field. 

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