Agronomy Talk

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May

2016

Agronomy Update

Ohio Fields Showing Signs of Frost Damage

Author: Alex Johnson

The cool temperatures we have experienced over the last several nights have led to questions regarding frost damage. We are seeing some signs of frost damage here at our Ohio Practical Farm Research (PFR)® location, however we won’t know the severity of this damage until three to five days following the frost event. With the low temperatures leading up to this recent frost event, the hardening off process had started making our crops more tolerant of cool temperatures. Wet soils and dew present helps to maintain soil temperatures, thereby decreasing the risk of injury.

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May

2016

Agronomy Update

When Will My Corn Come Up?

Author: Alex Johnson

Over the past week, much of Ohio has received excess rainfall that has slowed fieldwork and planting almost to a halt. As of May 1, 2016, the USDA reported that 27 percent of Ohio’s corn was planted, but only 1 percent had emerged. With the cool, wet weather we have had, emergence is taking longer than usual. It’s tempting to look at the calendar and start to get concerned if your corn isn’t coming up in 7 to10 days like you might have expected. If you are looking at your planted fields and wondering when you will start to see rows of corn, the following information should help you understand when you might expect to see those small green spikes

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Apr

2016

Agronomy Update

Evaluating Pottinger High Speed Tillage Tool

Author: Alex Johnson

This spring I had the opportunity to demo a tillage tool I have been very curious about, the TERRADISC 4001 manufactured by Pottinger. This tool is what I refer to as a high speed disc or compact disc. It is a one-pass tillage tool that can take corn residue and till it to be plant-ready with just one pass. 

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Apr

2016

Agronomy Update

Rain Coming? Stop Planting?

Author: Alex Johnson

The first drink of water corn or soybean seed takes is important. A rain event within 24 hours of planting can cause lower yields and possibly a thin stand. A small, light rain (such as 0.1 in.) doesn’t seem to have an adverse effect, but larger rain events often do.

So the million-dollar question is, “do I plant today or do I stop because a rain is coming?” If you are looking for some data to help you make that decision, we have a tool for you...

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Apr

2016

Ohio - Alex Johnson, CCA

Make it Count!

Author: Alex Johnson

Springtime is my favorite time of year! After five months of cold, frozen and wet, I love getting out into the field to start the 2016 growing season. My slogan for this growing season is “MAKE IT COUNT.” Why is that important? It is easy to get in a hurry, especially this time of year. I’m guilty of it as well. But one thing that can put spring business into perspective is: “MAKE IT COUNT.” Each year we get one shot. Let’s strive to make it our best shot each year.

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Jan

2016

Agronomy Update

What do Residual Herbicides Have to Do with Raising Higher-Yielding Soybeans?

Author: Alex Johnson

I’m writing this agronomy update in response to the question so many Beck’s customers have been asking. What do I do about residual herbicides on SOYBEANS this year? What makes a farmer ask this question? Most customers were happy with the weed control they saw in 2015 and are planning to use the same program in 2016. But others had soybeans that were stunted, which raised some concern.

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Dec

2015

Agronomy Update

Effects of Early Maturing Corn and Soybeans on Cover Crops

Author: Alex Johnson

Have you ever considered planting an earlier maturity soybean variety or corn hybrid so that you could plant your cover crop earlier in the fall? The question is, how much time will it gain you by dropping to an earlier maturity? This past fall, I set out to answer just that. After months of note taking and studying our soybean show plot (planted April 29) at the Ohio Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site, I am excited to share my findings!  

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Oct

2015

Ohio - Alex Johnson, CCA

Make Product Evaluations at Harvest

Author: Alex Johnson

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.

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16

Oct

2015

Agronomy Update

Corn and Soybeans Getting Too Dry?

Author: Alex Johnson

“How much money are we losing by not hauling in the water?” That’s the question some farmers have been asking this year. Late summer and fall were very dry and warm this year, which caused corn and soybeans to dry down fast and early. As usual, soybean harvest began and beans quickly dried down below 13 percent during harvest. In some areas, corn is getting dryer than 15 percent moisture in the field. Not only is some corn coming out of the field dry this year, in some cases it is TOO dry. Whenever corn gets dryer than 15 percent (15.5 percent at some elevators) it means you are hauling in less pounds to the elevator than you could have. It is water that you are not selling that you could have with no dock-age. So how much does it cost?

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6

Oct

2015

Agronomy Update

Crown Rot in Ohio Corn Fields

Author: Alex Johnson

This week I wanted to give a quick update on the crown rot that I am seeing in corn fields this year. Crown rot is caused by early wet conditions followed by a stress later in the season. Crown rots, stalk rots and cannibalization can affect standability. Therefore, these fields should be prioritized for early harvest. Check out the video to learn more!

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Sep

2015

Agronomy Update

Fight SDS and Soybean Cyst Nematodes

Author: Alex Johnson

Over the past few weeks, I have joined a few of our Beck's customers in the field to take a look at their ILeVO® treated soybean tests. ILeVO is a new seed treatment from Bayer CropScience that is the only solution for Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) that has activity against nematodes.

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Sep

2015

Ohio - Alex Johnson, CCA

Thoughts Prior to Harvest

Author: Alex Johnson

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.

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Aug

2015

Ohio - Alex Johnson, CCA

Frequent Rains Causing Yellowing, Water Damage & Nitrogen Loss

Author: Alex Johnson

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.

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Aug

2015

Agronomy Update

Crop Differences by Planting Date, Stalk Concerns & Current USDA Numbers

Author: Alex Johnson

This week, Rachel and I highlight the corn planting date study here at Beck’s London, OH Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site. Check out the video to learn more about the differences we are seeing in our crop based on the different planting dates tested. Our May 4, 2015 planting date is one example of the large differences in yield we are expecting!

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7

Aug

2015

Agronomy Update

Watch out for Waterhemp

Author: Alex Johnson

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.

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4

Aug

2015

Agronomy Update

Closing Wheel Study and Disease Presence

Author: Alex Johnson

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…

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Jul

2015

Agronomy Update

Testing UAV Usefulness in the Field

Author: Alex Johnson

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.

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Jul

2015

Ohio - Alex Johnson, CCA

Maintain Established Yield Potential

Author: Alex Johnson

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. 

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15

Jul

2015

Agronomy Update

Update on Escalate™ Soybean Study and Wheat Vomitoxin

Author: Alex Johnson

On June 4, we sent a video highlighting the Beck’s Escalate™ vs. Untreated Study at the London, Ohio Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site. In the video, we did an early comparison of soybean treatments, evaluating the differences between Escalate treated vs non-treated soybeans. 

This past week, we headed back out to the test plot in effort to provide you with updates on this study and the differences we are continuing to see.

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3

Jul

2015

Agronomy Update

Updates from the Field - Foliar Disease

Author: Alex Johnson

I have been seeing the start of foliar disease in both corn and soybean across the state. Generally speaking, I am seeing more foliar disease than normal. Be sure to get out and monitor your fields prior to the optimum time for fungicide applications to see if spraying is warranted. 

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