It’s not uncommon for me this time of year to receive calls regarding corn plants turning purple. While it’s not unusual, it is important to understand the underlying cause and, more importantly, that in most cases this condition is temporary and cosmetic, and will not impact yield.
Categories: Agronomy, Ohio
Tags: Beck's Blog, Beck's Hybrids, Agronomy, Ohio, LUKE SCHULTE
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.
Categories: Agronomy Talk
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, Indiana, Agronomy, Beck's, Ohio, Brent Minett, Agronomy Talk, stalk lodging, stalk quality, stalk cannibalization, harvest prioritization
Harvest is in full swing and now is the time for product evaluations. Many farmers I know do not walk their fields at length to evaluate corn and soybean variety performance on their farm during the summer, but during harvest, you’ve got the best seat in the house — right behind the header. Use this opportunity to jot some notes down as you go from field to field and variety to variety.
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, harvest, soybeans, Agronomy, Beck's, Ohio, Alex Johnson, Agronomy Talk, Yield, Farmserver, product evaluations
One tendency among farmers with rotor combines is to run the rotor too slow. This grinds material more, moves material slower, and produces more fines to clean out. If the concave is too far open or closed, it can break grain. Book settings will normally get you pretty close when setting your combine.
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, harvest, soybeans, Agronomy, Beck's, Ohio, Scouting, Alex Johnson, Agronomy Talk, Yield, Waterhemp, Weeds, combine rotor
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:
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, Indiana, Agronomy, Beck's, Ohio, Brent Minett, Agronomy Talk, Don't delay harvest, fuel price, lower cylinder/rotor speed, drying temperatures
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.
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, Indiana, Agronomy, Beck's, Ohio, Brent Minett, Agronomy Talk, frogeye leaf spot, late planted corn, small stunted soybeans, bean leaf beetle
Frequent rains have made the 2015 growing season very challenging. Yellow corn and soybeans are something many farmers in Ohio are tired of looking at. As I’ve walked fields, I’ve seen increased disease pressure in corn and soybeans that came in even earlier than last year. These include gray leaf spot, northern corn leaf blight, and anthracnose in corn and frogeye leaf spot and septoria brown spot in soybeans. In many fields, disease was of secondary concern due to water damage and nitrogen loss.
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, soybeans, Agronomy, Beck's, Ohio, Nitrogen Loss, Alex Johnson, Water damage, anthracnose, Agronomoy Talk, yellow corn, frogeye leaf spot, Septoria brown spot, fibrous roots
Keep an eye out for this weed! I’ve found waterhemp in many parts of the state, not just western Ohio.
As I have been asking farmers about this weed, I have estimated that over 90 percent of them don’t know how to identify it. It appears that we are in a similar position this year with waterhemp as we were with marestail five to seven years ago.
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, Agronomy, Beck's, Ohio, Alex Johnson, agronomist, Rachel Garen, Waterhemp, Weeds
In this week’s video, I revisit the closing wheel study at Beck’s London Practical Farm Research® (PFR) site.The consequences of closing wheel choice go beyond emergence time – let’s look at the roots…
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, corn, soybeans, Practical Farm Research, Beck's, Ohio, Alex Johnson, agronomist, Agronomy Talk, Rachel Garen, Closing Wheel Study, Disease Presence
This summer I’ve been using a quadcopter (UAV) to see how this tool can be helpful not just to me as an agronomist, but how it could benefit the everyday farmer as well. One of our interns, Kalen, has been exploring this same question while using his UAV at our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® facility in London, OH.
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, Agronomy, Beck's, Ohio, Alex Johnson, UAV, drone, crop scouting, UVAs, technology, Jim Love
Farmers are always looking forward. This time of year, crops are growing fast and the hardest work of the year is behind us. We are looking forward and keeping an eye on our fields to make sure the yield potential we established thus far is maintained.
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, soybeans, Agronomy, Beck's, Ohio, Scouting, Alex Johnson, Yield, Agronomoy Talk, Crop Health Imaging
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.
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, Indiana, Agronomy, Beck's, Ohio, Brent Minett, Agronomy Talk, Fungicide, Spray
In today's Agronomy Update, Beck's agronomist Alex Johnson answers your questions about the upcoming corn harvest season.
Categories: Agronomy, E Indiana, Ohio
Tags: corn harvest, Agronomy Update, Ohio, E. Indiana
Most areas of Ohio and Indiana are in or have finished pollination. Some areas are past brown silk and are in the milk stage. Northern Corn Leaf Blight (NCLB) continues to spread and can easily be found in many fields in Indiana and Ohio. Is it worthwhile to spray for this disease this late?
Tags: Beck's, Agronomy Update, Ohio, E. Indiana, Mark Apelt, Crop Observation, Northern Corn Leaf Blight (NCLB), Spraying fungicides
The last year we had a significant amount of white mold pressure was 2009. As you may (or may not) recall, 2009 was below average as far as temperatures were concerned. Highs were generally in the 70s and low 80s and lows were in the 50s and 60s during July. When we look at July 2014 so far, we are following a similar pattern.
Soybean Fungicides: Are they worth it?
We are approaching or are at the R3 stage of soybeans in many fields. The R3 stage is when there are pods developing on the lower nodes (there still will be flowers on the upper nodes as the stages in soybeans overlap). As a general rule, most fungicides are recommended at the R3 stage of growth. The question is, are they worth it?
Checking for Successful Pollination
Many areas are just beginning pollination while many other areas are completing pollination. How successful has pollination been this year? An easy way to determine is to do the shake test.
Tags: Agronomy, Beck's, Agronomy Update, Ohio, E. Indiana, Mark Apelt, White Mold, Soybean Fungicides, Pollination
Corn Disease Update
Last week we reported that Gray Leaf Spot was being found in many corn fields. This week there is Northern Corn Leaf Blight (NCLB) moving into some areas, especially those areas that had a rain early last week.
The next few days are forecast to be well below average for temperatures. Usually this time of year we are talking about heat and drought and its effect on pollination.
Although soybeans appear to be improving, there are still some areas where soybeans are staying yellow. Most of this yellowing has to do with water tolerance.
Most growers in our area have harvested wheat this year and many were surprised by how good the yields were. With the colder than normal winter and warmer than normal temperatures during grain fill, why were the yields so good?
Tags: Beck's, Agronomy Update, Ohio, E. Indiana, Mark Apelt, Yellow Beans, Corn Disease, Wheat Yields
In the past week I have started to see some corn leaf diseases, specifically Gray leaf spot (GLS), in many corn fields. The GLS has been seen in both both corn/corn on corn after soybean rotations. The picture below was taken from a field that was corn after soybeans and was not pollinating yet. As you can see there was plenty of disease on this leaf.
Tags: Beck's, Agronomy Update, Ohio, E. Indiana, Mark Apelt, Gray Leaf in Corn and Soybeans
With all the rain we have received in certain areas there have been several farmers who have not had the opportunity to apply their post emerge herbicides. Many fields have giant ragweed and marestail escapes. Let’s talk about options for each.
Tags: Beck's, Agronomy Update, Ohio, E. Indiana, Mark Apelt, Yellow Beans, Giant Ragweed, Marestail, Brittle Snap of Corn
During the past there has been much discussion and research regarding the ideal planting depth for corn. Surprisingly, there has been relatively little research done on the ideal planting depth for soybeans. If you do a web search for ideal planting depth of soybeans the results will vary from as shallow as ¾” deep to <2.5” deep. That is quite a range!
Tags: Beck's, Agronomy Update, Ohio, E. Indiana, Mark Apelt, Planting Depth Study, Wheat Harvest, Spotty Rainfall and Nitrogen Application
While driving through Indiana and Ohio there are many soybean fields that are pale yellow in color. We have had adequate moisture and above average temperatures, so what is going on?
Rapid Growth Syndrome
Recently, there have been a few reports of corn that looks like it is getting wrapped up in itself. This is known as rapid growth syndrome or some call it twisted whorl syndrome.
There have been a few reports of corn that is leaning over after storms from last Wednesday. Genetics do not seem to play a role as many companies and hybrids have shown this symptom.
Tags: Beck's, Agronomy Update, Ohio, E. Indiana, Mark Apelt, Yellow Beans, Rapid Growth Syndrome, Floppy Corn