Broad areas of the Corn Belt have experienced one of the most challenging planting season in recent memory. Farmers did what they do best, and bided their time for a planting window. Corn acres from South Dakota to Ohio were planted weeks later than what is typical. And while many farmers are already worn out from the extended planting season, most are more nervous about what’s to come.
The good news is that late planted acres still have great yield potential. If Mother Nature starts cooperating, this season has abundant hope of producing competitive yields.
Categories: Agronomy, Agronomy Talk
Tags: corn, Scouting, Pollination, Nitrogen, insect pressure, Disease, Agronomy Talk, Delayed planting, late-planted corn
Scouting your wheat now is critical to preventing Fusarium head scab in your fields. Get to know and understand the wheat growth stages and timing and be prepared to apply fungicide when necessary.
Categories: Agronomy, S Indiana
Tags: Agronomy, Agronomy Update, Scouting, Steve Gauck, Wheat, Head Scab, Fusarium Head Scab
May can be a busy month. Most of us are planting soybeans, post-spraying corn, spraying burndown ahead of beans, and/or checking on maturing wheat. We have a lot happening all at the same time.
With that in mind, I thought I’d share some of the things I keep an eye on and field scout for during this busy month. My intent with this article is not to give you a “how-to” for each of these, but rather to let you know what you should be looking for and thinking about from a crop diagnostic perspective.
Categories: Agronomy, Missouri
Tags: Beck's Blog, AgTalk, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, Nitrogen Loss, Scouting, agronomist, Missouri Agronomy, Beck's Agronomist, David Hughes, Missouri agornomy, insect pressure, stand assessment, root growth, burndown, herbicide injury
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.
Categories: Agronomy Talk
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, harvest, soybeans, Agronomy, Beck's, Ohio, Scouting, Alex Johnson, Agronomy Talk, Yield, Waterhemp, Weeds, combine rotor
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
Soybean cyst nematode sampling is best done six to eight weeks after planting. Target fields where yields have plateaued, areas with pH>7, and areas where weed control is lacking.
Tags: Agronomy, Denny Cobb, Scouting, Disease, European corn borer, Becks Hybrids, Agronomy Talks, Becks, pests, non-gmo, soybean cyst nematode
In her fourth week of scouting central Indiana fields, sales intern Christy Kettler has been noticing some additional stressors to corn plants currently in the V5 growth stage. See her report below to learn more about the stink bug damage and yellow leaves she has been seeing, as well as her trap findings and what you can expect in the coming weeks.
Categories: Agronomy, N Indiana
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, corn, Indiana, Agronomy, Beck's, Denny Cobb, Scouting, Christy Kettler, stink bug, crop damage, corn damage, yellow corn leaves
Wheat can become the forgotten crop this time of year. We had a tough winter, but overall wheat looks good. As you scout your wheat, keep an eye out for leaf diseases and any weeds that may have escaped. If you only scout wheat once, make sure to pay close attention at flowering. If we have wet weather, make sure to apply a fungicide for head scab!
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, corn, soybeans, Scouting, Steve Gauck, Wheat, May, Southern Indiana, Emerge, Agronomy Talk
Nitrogen (N) management is a key yield component. I like to see multiple N “meals” served to corn prior to tasseling. The main reason for this is how much N your soils can hold at any one time. A general rule of thumb is 10 lbs. N for every CEC unit. As an example, a sandy loam soil with a CEC of 6 theoretically can only “hold” 60 lbs. N at any one application. Conversely, a silty clay loam soil with a CEC of 18 can “hold” 180 lbs. N at any one application.
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, corn, soybeans, Scouting, Steve Gauck, Wheat, AgronomyTalk, Southern Indiana, Emerge
As the calendar rolls into May, it becomes an ideal time to assess the performance of several crop input decisions. Decisions such as planting depth, population, seedbed preparation, stand establishment, fertilizer applications, nutrition plans, and insect management are all fresh in your mind. Make small observations today and record them to help further interpret harvest yield and field performance later this season. Make a checklist of the following items as you investigate your fields:
Tags: Scouting, Craig Kilby, May, Agronomy Talk, Northwest Illinois, Iowa, Crop Inputs, Scout
Depending on corn and soybean planting dates and growing conditions, late May is usually an optimum time to scout fields for earlyseason crop protection and management needs. Evaluate the weed control performance of pre-plant/pre-emerge herbicides and the potential need for a post-emerge application.
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, corn, soybeans, Chad Kalaher, Scouting, Agronomy Talk, Scout, Northeast Illinois, Northwest Indiana, management practices