We have received a lot of phone calls about down corn throughout the season.
Early on, this issue was primarily caused by saturated soils and heavy winds that pushed the corn over at the root system.
Categories: Agronomy, Agronomy Talk
Tags: corn, Agronomy, Steve Gauck, late-season corn damage, crown rot, down corn, becks agronomy
We are having a particularly wet harvest in many areas. Keep an eye out for deteriorating grain quality. Here’s a good reference guide from Steve Gauck on ear molds in corn.
Tags: Steve Gauck, Agronomy Talk, ear molds, trichoderma, penicillum, gibberella, fusarium, diplodia, aspergillus
Do you know the difference between Phytophthora Root Rot and Fusarium Wilt in soybeans?
Check out this quick Agronomy Update video from Beck's agronomist, Steve Gauck to learn more about the signs and symptoms of both diseases, and how to tell the difference in the field.
Categories: Agronomy, S Indiana
Tags: Beck's Blog, Agronomy Update, Steve Gauck, indiana agronomy, Phytophthora root rot, Fusarium Wilt
Planters have continued to roll across fields in the Midwest over the last few weeks and soybeans have finally started to emerge. Now is a great time to evaluate your stands and see if there are any issues that need to be addressed.
Categories: S Indiana
Tags: soybeans, Agronomy, Steve Gauck, indiana agronomy, ILeVO, Halo Effect
In 2016, many parts of southern Indiana experienced a bad outbreak of Southern Rust that caused yield loss in a lot of areas. Many farmers have seen an influx of this disease present in their fields again this year. However, there has also been a large presence of Common Rust in corn fields this year as well.
Check out this latest video to learn more about the visual differences between the two diseases and what you can expect in terms of long term effects and yield loss.
Tags: Beck's Blog, Beck's Agronomy, Steve Gauck, indiana agronomy, southern rust, Common Rust
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.
Tags: Agronomy, Agronomy Update, Scouting, Steve Gauck, Wheat, Head Scab, Fusarium Head Scab
Over the past few weeks, many farmers have called me jokily asking, “is it too early to plant?”
My answers always seem to be long, with a lot of details and factors, as I try to help them determine if it is or isn’t too early. With that said, let’s look at our ideal planting dates and things you need to consider before planting.
Tags: planting, Practical Farm Research, Agronomy Update, Steve Gauck, indiana agronomy, PFR, Early Planting, Planting Dates, Seed Treatments
We have been experiencing warmer than usual temperatures this winter in Southern Indiana. In terms of wheat, this warm weather has not concerned me as it is what happens in early spring that affects yield the most. The two factors that have the biggest impact on our quest to achieving high-yielding wheat are scouting and nitrogen (N) management. As you begin to evaluate your wheat stand, one of the most important things to remember is to perform stand checks. This can be done with a 1 x 1 ft. square, as shown below. Be sure to take counts at multiple locations that represent different landscape positions in your fields.
Tags: Agronomy, Steve Gauck, Wheat, indiana agronomy, nitrogen management, Ag Chat, stand checks. tiller, Feekes growth stages, burnt leaf stages, split nitrogen applications
A new growing season is upon us! As you head to the fields with your planters this year make sure to double check everything. Take time that first day to look over the planter. Check depth, plant spacing, fertilizer rates, closing wheels, talc, and graphite. Mistakes made with the planter will haunt you all season.
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Tags: Steve Gauck, Agronomy Talk, Southern Indiana Agronomy
This year can be called the year of leaf diseases! We have seen gray leaf spot, northern corn leaf blight, and even southern rust. Corn has filled out well, but stalk quality is a concern as plants have cannibalized with the late dry stress. Harvest will be a chance for us to evaluate our fungicide applications. Many diseases came in late and the residual from the fungicide may be gone. In some cases, these diseases may not have affected yield dramatically. If you are planning to go corn after corn, consider what diseases you had and plant a hybrid with good tolerance to them.
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, harvest, corn, soybeans, Indiana, Agronomy, Beck's, Steve Gauck, Cover Crops, Agronomy Talk, fungicide applications, Gray leaf spot, Northern corn leaf blight, Farmserver, southern rust
This is our one last chance to scout fields and evaluate the year before harvest begins. As you walk corn fields, be sure to evaluate disease levels and look to see which hybrids handled diseases better. Ask yourself if you are happy with your fungicide applications. Look at grain fill and pollination. Take a final assessment of weed control, record notes on what weeds are present and if they need to be targeted next year. In soybeans, be on the lookout for Palmer amaranth. It has been identified in southern Indiana and we do not want to run the combine through a patch of it and spread the seeds out.
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, harvest, corn, soybeans, Indiana, Agronomy, Beck's, Steve Gauck, Cover Crops, Agronomy Talk, fungicide applications, Palmer amaranth
What a year it has been. As we evaluate our crop in August, we have a great opportunity to take a hard look at yield potential and yield loss suffered this year. As you walk corn fields, pull ears and check for pollination problems. If you see some, think back to pollination time. Was it dry, wet, hot or cold? We lost a lot of nitrogen early. Are ears stunted?
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, corn, soybeans, Agronomy, Beck's, Steve Gauck, Nitrogen, Indiana Agronomy Talk, Sudden Death Syndrome, Liberty herbicide
In many areas we are looking at corn tasseling or very close to it. Now is the time to evaluate last chance programs to improve yield. The first is fungicide applications. According to our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® data, VT applications on corn have been the most profitable when weather conditions warrant disease development. How susceptible are the hybrids you have planted? Your dealer or seed advisor can walk you through which hybrids will give the best return on fungicide. In soybeans scout for diseases prior to R3 growth stage. If you’ve had wet, or damp conditions in your field and see diseases, look at a fungicide application at R3-R4.
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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
Applying Nitrogen (N) to wheat can be a tough decision this time of year. Many of us have no intention of scouting fields in this weather, but a quick look at your wheat fields can help make some decisions on N rate and timing.
Categories: Agronomy, S Indiana, E Indiana
Tags: Agronomy Update, Steve Gauck, Applying Nitrogen, Wheat
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With the recent rains many of us are starting to wonder how fast corn will dry down in the field. Many factors can contribute to drydown. Plant characteristics can influence in-field drydown, but weather conditions strongly influence drydown.
Tags: Agronomy Update, Steve Gauck, Harvest 2014, Corn Drydown Rates
As wheat harvest has begun across southern Indiana, I wanted to leave you with a few tips about harvest and planting double crop soybeans.
Tags: Beck's, Agronomy Update, Wheat Harvest, Steve Gauck, S. Indiana, Head Scab in Wheat, Planting Double Crop Soybeans