Broad areas of the Corn Belt have experienced one of the most challenging planting season in recent memory. Farmers did what they do best, and bided their time for a planting window. Corn acres from South Dakota to Ohio were planted weeks later than what is typical. And while many farmers are already worn out from the extended planting season, most are more nervous about what’s to come.
The good news is that late planted acres still have great yield potential. If Mother Nature starts cooperating, this season has abundant hope of producing competitive yields.
Categories: Agronomy, Agronomy Talk
Tags: corn, Scouting, Pollination, Nitrogen, insect pressure, Disease, Agronomy Talk, Delayed planting, late-planted corn
Often, farmers find themselves pressed for time in the spring and are forced into tight windows of operation. One operation that many farmers need to carefully consider is the spring application of anhydrous ammonia. Although it’s possible to apply anhydrous before planting, there are strategies to reduce the risk of injury. Keep in mind that there are many ways to apply nitrogen to a crop in-season, so planting should always take precedence to nitrogen applications. Even if you have pre-paid for your anhydrous, you can still sidedress anhydrous with great success.
Tags: Nitrogen, Anhydrous Ammonia, Nitrogen Timing, anhydrous injury, nitrogen applications
After a slow start to the 2016 harvest, farmers throughout Ohio are now in full swing. Harvest marks the final stage to our 2016 crop, it is also the first step in preparing for your 2017 crop. Sitting in the combine at harvest is the perfect time to evaluate the various inputs and practices we implemented throughout the past growing season.
Categories: Agronomy, Ohio
Tags: Practical Farm Research, Agronomy, Fertility, Nitrogen, Ohio Agronomy, management practices, Fungicide, PFR, Ag Chat, Ag Talk, harvest 2016, LUKE SCHULTE, Preparing for 2017, hybrid evaluation, population
Throughout the month of August I had the privilege to work alongside Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® staff, conducting agronomy research tours at Beck’s Field Shows at both our Henderson, KY and Effingham, IL locations as well as Becknology™ Days in Atlanta, IN. Beck’s PFR program embodies the essence of Beck’s values (teamwork, integrity, innovation, adaptability, commitment, and passion) like no other agronomy program with which I have been associated. From the beginning, Beck’s founders have demonstrated a passion for observing and measuring the components of successful crop production from which they adapt and innovate to improve production systems. The PFR program is the natural evolution of this process, and its research data is now something we as Missouri farmers can access and deploy in our corn, soybean, and wheat production systems.
Categories: Agronomy Talk
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, corn, Practical Farm Research, Agronomy, Beck's, Cover Crops, Nitrogen, David Hughes, Missouri, Winter Wheat, Agronomy Talk
As combines roll during harvest, be ready with a soil testing game-plan. Optimum crop nutrition requires an accurate inventory of the critical nutrients in your soil. Prioritize fields to include: newly acquired fields; fields that have not been soil tested within the past three years, and fields with observed nutrient deficiencies.
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, corn, Agronomy, Beck's, Nitrogen, David Hughes, Missouri, Agronomy Talk, Crop Health Imaging, soil testing, soil nutrients, soil sample
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 July, nitrogen (N) loss will be apparent in Missouri corn fields due to excessive rainfall from time of application to time of maximum plant uptake. Corn can respond favorably to rescue N all the way to tassel if required (see “Rescue N” article this issue). Don’t leave money on the table if N has become yield limiting. This is also a critical time to make corn fungicide application decisions. Scout fields regularly for signs of corn foliar diseases. Early symptoms don’t always mean a disease will spread and become yield limiting.
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, corn, Agronomy, Beck's, Nitrogen, David Hughes, Missouri, Agronomy Talk, Fungicide, Rescue Nitrogen
Whether you’re applying nitrogen (N) on your corn or wheat crop, knowing which nitrogen stabilizer to consider can be confusing! There are many out there. They protect from different types of loss, and they are specific to fertilizer form. Let’s simplify it!
Categories: Agronomy, E Indiana, Ohio
Tags: Agronomy Update, Alex Johnson, Nitrogen, Stabilizing Nitrogen, Beck's Practical Farm Research (PFR)®