Agronomy Talk




Agronomy Talk: Tar Spot

Author: Jon Skinner

Tar Spot is a relatively new disease in the US but is one that can cause severe yield loss if conditions are right.

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Agronomy Talk: Crown Rot

Author: Luke Schulte

Crown rot infections are caused by both fusarium and pythium species. These fungi enter the plant via the root system during periods of prolonged saturation, predominately between the V2 and V7 growth stage. Because these fungi persist in higher moisture environments, infections are more prevalent in wetter soils, tighter clay soil textures, higher magnesium soils, and ponded areas of fields. While these infections occur early in corn development, they can persist much longer as the visual signs are not easily detected until later in the grain fill period.

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Agronomy Talk: Foliar Corn Diseases

Corn foliar diseases can have similar symptoms. See below for a refresher on 6 of the most common foliar diseases in Beck's marketing area. For help with a specific situation, or to learn more about management options, reach out to your local Beck's representative.

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Agronomy Update

Soybean Tissue Sampling and Corn Disease Watch

Author: Denny Cobb

With the next round of treatments for soybeans happening soon, tissue samples are critical to ensure the plant is getting what it needs and confirming that we are applying nutrients that will benefit the crop. This week, sales intern Christy Kettler takes us through some best practices when it comes to tissue testing and some updates on the corn diseases she has been seeing throughout central Indiana.

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Agronomy Update

Corn Disease Update, Yellow Soybeans, and Good Wheat Yields

Author: Mark Apelt

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.

Cold Temperatures
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.

Soybean Update
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.

Wheat Yields
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?

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