April is here and our minds become overwhelmed with everything happening on the farm. Let’s put all the excitement (or possibly anxiety) aside for a minute and focus on planting fundamentals as this will set the yield potential for the year. If you’re not certain that everything on your planter is ready, check out Jason Webster’s planter prep video on YouTube. It can be found here. Make sure to have a planting prescription prepared and follow it.
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Tags: Craig Kilby, Illinois Agronomy, Agronomy Talk
Fall fertility decisions in northwest Illinois have traditionally been based on crop removal and recent soil test levels. That may remain unchanged for some in 2015, while others may find the need to adjust levels lower due to economics. The cost to apply major nutrients like P and K have not dropped at the same rate as grain prices, resulting in heightened interest of economical use of these nutrients. Referring to soil test information, P and K can be allocated to only those areas most likely to respond to applications. Be sure to review critical levels of nutrients for corn, soybean, wheat, and alfalfa. The probability and magnitude of return to P and K fertilizer will increase when applied to soil test levels below the critical level.
Tags: Illinois, Beck's Hybrids, corn, soybeans, Agronomy, Craig Kilby, Wheat, Agronomy Talk, Iowa, fall fertility, soil tests, P and K, phosphorus, potassium, alfalfa, maintenance soil nutrient levels
Before harvest begins, take this last opportunity to scout fields and evaluate the crop in corn fields, pay close attention to the disease levels and note hybrids which handled disease better. Are you happy with your fungicide decisions and applications? Make a final assessment of weed control, noting which weeds are present and if they need to be targeted next year. In soybeans, check for insect and disease pressure and be on the lookout for Palmer amaranth. It has been identified in many areas of northwest Illinois and you don’t want to run your combine through a patch of it when each plant may contain one million seeds. If you suspect a new weed in your fields this fall, call your Becks dealer or agronomist to identify it.
Tags: Illinois, Beck's Hybrids, corn, soybeans, Agronomy, Cover Crops, Craig Kilby, Agronomy Talk, Iowa, scout fields, disease levels, weed control, Palmer amaranth, residue management, residue spreader
With the completion of late-season applications, corn and soybeans are advancing quickly to maturity. But before the combines roll, take the opportunity to evaluate management decisions made throughout the season. Significant differences become more evident as the crop finishes its reproductive phase. The combine will tell us the results, but the most important knowledge is the “why”. Take time, prior to harvest, to discover the “why” in your fields.
Tags: Illinois, corn, soybeans, Agronomy, Craig Kilby, Practical Farm Research (PFR), Agronomy Talk, Iowa, Becks Hybrids, late-season applications, Beck's Field shows
Another wet spring has provided an ideal environment for diseases. Wheat has already shown the evidence of foliar diseases such as head scab, even where fungicides were applied in a timely manner. The incidence of Pythium on both corn and soybeans, and anthracnose is present in many corn on corn fields in the area.
Tags: Illinois, corn, soybeans, Agronomy, Craig Kilby, Agronomy Talk, Iowa, Fungicide, Spray, Becks Hybrids, anthracnose
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
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