Do you know how, when, and where should you tissue test? Do you know how to handle your samples once you pull them? What should you be thinking about when evaluating the results?
Categories: Agronomy, Central Iowa
Tags: corn, soybeans, Agronomy, Iowa Agronomy, tissue testing, Eric Wilson
With all the rain we have had in our area and more in the forecast, I know there have been some concerns about switching to earlier maturity hybrids. I have put together a quick summary of everything you need to know if your considering making the switch.
Categories: Agronomy, N Iowa, Minnesota
Tags: Agronomy, Iowa Agronomy, GDUS, Minnesota Agronomy, Eric Wilson, Late-Maturity Hybrids, late planting
Most parts of Iowa experienced conditions that were drier and warmer than usual throughout the month of June. Recently though, we received some much needed rain. Unfortunately, in some instances, these rains were accompanied by high winds and thunderstorms which occurred just prior to corn tasseling in many fields. High winds just prior to tassel can cause green snap (brittle snap) in corn.
Categories: Agronomy, Western Iowa
Tags: Beck's Blog, corn, AgTalk, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, agronomist, Beck's Agronomist, Iowa Agronomy, PAT HOLLOWAY, GREEN SNAP
The stressful growing conditions we experienced over the last month are in the rear view and we are wrapping up what has been an ideal period of weather during pollination. But many are wondering how does drought and extreme heat (similar to what we’ve experienced) affect corn during its vegetative growth stages? For the sake of being objective, let’s take a look at a reliable resource to determine how critical the hot, dry conditions were to your area.
Categories: Agronomy, Eastern Iowa
Tags: Beck's Blog, AgTalk, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, agronomist, Beck's Agronomist, Iowa Agronomy, Greg Shepherd, CORN STRESS
Given the cool, wet conditions we have been experiencing, I wanted to take the opportunity to send a timely update. Now is a great time to evaluate fields we have already planted. Chances are, some of your fields are up while others are taking a bit longer.
Categories: Agronomy Talk
Tags: Beck's Blog, AgTalk, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, agronomist, Beck's Agronomist, Iowa Agronomy, corn emergence, GDUS, Greg Shepherd
My name is Greg Shepherd and I am your new field agronomist in eastern Iowa. I am an Iowa boy, born and raised on a farm in west central Iowa. Nearly 12 years ago, we made our way to southeast Iowa and have put down roots on a family farm near Mt. Pleasant. My wife, Aimee and I have been richly blessed with our wonderful boys; Caleb (6), Silas (4), and Ethan (2).
Tags: Beck's Blog, AgTalk, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, agronomist, Beck's Agronomist, Iowa Agronomy, Greg Shepherd
Does tax deadline time mean it’s time to plant soybeans? Trends over the past couple of decades have shown that farmers continue to plant corn earlier as farm sizes increase and we continue to push for higher yields. On the other hand, farmers often wait to plant soybeans until later in the year. Beck’s 10-year Practical Farm Research (PFR)® data demonstrates that the highest average soybean yields were obtained when planting occurred between April 15 and May 15.
Tags: Iowa Agronomy, Agronomy Talk, Pat Hollaway
There is a high potential for soybean cyst nematode (SCN) and sudden death syndrome (SDS) in 2015. Fields returning to soybeans in 2015 that were soybeans in 2013 may have much higher SCN numbers than you know. It is certainly possible if fields haven’t been tested for SCN since 2013. That concern is based on the dry 2013 growing season across much of western Illinois, northern Missouri, and Iowa.
Tags: CropTalk, AgTalk, Agronomy, agronomist, Beck's Agronomist, Agronomy News, AgronomyTalk, Illinois Agronomy, Iowa Agronomy, Beck's Craig Kilby discusses