When it comes to managing problematic weeds such as waterhemp, we spend a majority of our time thinking about soybeans but, what is the best way to manage waterhemp in other crops such as corn? When it comes to corn, we rely on many of the same herbicide groups we depend on in soybeans, such as Groups 5 and 15 herbicides. However, one advantage to managing weeds in corn is the ability to use HPPD or Group 27 herbicides. Group 27 herbicides are very effective on waterhemp pre-emerge, as well as post-emergence. Targeting weeds when they are less than four inches is the key to success with Group 27 herbicides, as they will begin to struggle once waterhemp plants become greater than four inches. Therefore, an additional effective SOA may be needed to effectively control larger waterhemp plants.
Categories: Agronomy, Agronomy Talk
Tags: corn, Agronomy, Herbicide, weed management
In this Agronomy Update, Alec Marxen, Seed Representative and Mike Blaine, Field Agronomist provide a PFR update from Gibbon, MN and a look at current corn topics including corn rootworm management.
Tags: corn, Agronomy, Fungicide, rootworm
Check out the new video with Field Agronomist, Mike Hannewald, for important information regarding fungicide decisions on corn.
Tags: corn, Agronomy, corn fungicide
Over the years, Beck's has done a lot of research on different treatments with strip-till rigs, specifically broadcast vs. banding fertilizer. Check out this video from Field Agronomist, Chad Kalaher, to learn more!
Tags: corn, Agronomy, strip tillage
Field Agronomist, Camille Lambert, created this video guide on what to look for when scouting your fields before making a fungicide pass. Don't forget to refer to Beck's list of PFR Proven™ fungicides to help make that pass a successful one.
Tags: corn, Agronomy, Fungicide
Aaron Brooker, Field Agronomist, is at the Michigan PFR site today looking at our Sulfur Rate and Timing Study in corn.
Tags: corn, Agronomy, PFR
Check out this update from Dale Viktora, Field Agronomist, for considerations moving forward.
Tags: corn, Agronomy
Check out Field Agronomist, Chad Kalaher's, recent agronomy update to learn more about the observations he has been making in regards to recent hail damage.
Check out this latest agronomy update from Greg Shepherd, Field Agronomist, for more information on controlling volunteer corn in soybeans!
Tags: corn, soybeans, Agronomy
Michigan PFR is off to a great start this year at the new location in Dewitt, MI! Aaron Brooker, Field Agronomist, talks about the exciting trials and a show plot with some of our new products.
Pat Holloway, Field Agronomist, gives us more information on controlling volunteer corn in soybeans.
Greg Shepard, Field Agronomist, reminds us all to calibrate our expectations of corn growth using GDUs (Growing Degree Units).
In this latest agronomy update, Mike Blaine, Field Agronomist, is joined by Alec Marxen, Seed Representative, in Bird Island, Minnesota, to discuss corn and soybean early-season growing and application updates.
In this video, Jon Caspers, Field Agonomist, highlights some of the products in Beck's corn lineup that you could keep in mind when early planting in future years.
Tags: corn, corn hybrids, Agronomy
Interested in learning how current and new Beck’s Hybrids corn products are performing this growing season?
Tags: corn, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, high performing corn
Potassium (K) plays vital roles within corn plants for carbohydrate, nutrient, and water flow. It is instrumental in gas exchange from the plant to the atmosphere as it regulates the opening and closing of the stomata of the leaf; it is also a key component in cell walls which add to stalk strength. Potassium is essential for photosynthesis, maximizing water use efficiency, helping maintain plant health, increasing test weight of grain, and nitrogen use efficiency. A corn plant requires almost as much K as nitrogen (N); however, when looking at soil test values across the Midwest, soil test K values have been falling. This is largely due to increased grain yields removing higher amounts of K from the soil and insufficient K applications.
Tags: corn, Agronomy, Agronomy Talk, soil tests, potassium, corn development, POTASSIUM deficiency
Phytophthora root and stem rot is a common soil-borne disease in soybeans that is caused by the watermold, Phytophthora sojae. Phytophthora often occurs in poorly drained soils; it is most economically damaging in low-lying areas and fields that are prone to flooding.
Tags: corn, Agronomy, Agronomy Talk, PHYTOPHTHORA ROOT, PHYTOPHTHORA STEM ROT, corn diseases
Ear and kernel development is a lengthy process for a corn plant. It begins at the V5 growth stage as the plant determines kernel rows around and then continues to V12 where the potential maximum length of the ear is determined. Next comes the pollination stages where the maximum number of kernels is established and then finally, R5 when the maximum kernel size is established.
Any stresses, natural or manmade, during this process, can lead to abnormal ear set. Many of the abnormal ears and their causes are detailed below. Accurate diagnosis of these abnormalities can help prevent future problems in the field.
Tags: corn, Agronomy, Agronomy Talk, CORN STRESS, Ear DEFORMITIES, ear stress, ear formation
Harvesting downed corn is one of the worst jobs on the farm. Year in and year out, there are many abiotic stresses or plant pathogens that will affect standability and ease of harvesting a corn crop. One of the most prevalent issues causing decreased standability of corn is the presence of crown rot and stalk rots. These diseases take advantage of compromised stalk tissue, and degrading it below the ear causing lodging and stalk breakage. There are, however, ways to improve the process of harvesting downed corn that can make it much smoother.
Tags: harvest, corn, Agronomy, stalk rot, down corn, standability
Short husking is best described as “corn ears outgrowing their husks.” It results in more exposure of the ear tips to environmental conditions and increases the potential for reduced grain quality.
Tags: harvest, corn, stalk lodging, short husking, heat stress, drought stress