Agronomy Talk

5

Jul

2017

AGRONOMY UPDATE

The Importance of Nitrogen Timing and Placement

Author: David Hughes

Nitrogen (N) application timing and placement is important to farmers in Missouri who face nitrogen loss from denitrification and leaching.

In this latest agronomy upate, I am joined by our summer intern, Amy Johnson, and PFR Partner, Adam Casner, as we discuss the PFR Partners study taking place near Carrollton, MO

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Feb

2017

Agronomy Update

Wheat Updates Continued...

Author: David Hughes

Kansas State Plant Pathologist Erick De DeWolf has put out, in my opinion, the most accurate winter wheat fungicide efficacy ratings. You can review it here. In it, he summarizes performance ratings and also provides insight we can utilize as we make plans for fungicide applications on our wheat this year.

In addition to these ratings, I wanted to share with you a few thoughts I had looking back on the 2016 season.

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Feb

2017

Agronomy Update

2017 Wheat Updates

Author: David Hughes

I’ve recently had the opportunity to scout a few wheat fields and I wanted to share with you a few updates. 

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Jan

2017

Agronomy Update

Weed Control Reminders

Author: David Hughes

Happy New Year from your Beck’s Missouri agronomy team! Alex, Clint, Norm, Matt and I look forward to the opportunity to help you succeed in 2017. With timely information, research, field diagnosis and experience, our goal is to help you make this year the most profitable it can be. Growing row crops in a low market environment can be challenging and requires us to sharpen and apply our management skills.  

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Oct

2016

Agronomy Update

Controlling Winter Annual Weeds

Author: David Hughes

The time spent in the combine is perfect for scouting winter annual weeds while monitoring your harvest operations. A winter annual weed is just like it sounds… an annual weed with a life cycle that begins in the fall and may go dormant during the winter before maturing and dying in the spring. With this type of life cycle, winter annual weeds were less of a concern in past years because they weren’t considered to be competitive with a growing summer crop, and conventional tillage practices took care of them before planting. 

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Jun

2016

Agronomy Update

Storm Winds and Heavy Rain Cause Root Lodging in Missouri Fields

Author: David Hughes

We received high storm winds with rainfall Monday night in much of Northern Missouri and there are a lot of acres with corn blown over or down (root lodging). I have not heard of any significant greensnap which is good.

Here are a few key points to remember... 

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May

2016

Agronomy Update

Missouri Soybean Fields Showing Signs of PPO-Herbicide Injury

Author: David Hughes

Over the past week I have been called to numerous fields to evaluate emerging soybeans that are weak, injured by feeding or herbicides, or were impacted by seedling disease, primarily Pythium (root rot/damping off). I wanted to take a minute to discuss PPO-herbicide injury.

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May

2016

Agronomy Update

What to Scout for in May

Author: David Hughes

May can be a busy month. Most of us are planting soybeans, post-spraying corn, spraying burndown ahead of beans, and/or checking on maturing wheat. We have a lot happening all at the same time.

With that in mind, I thought I’d share some of the things I keep an eye on and field scout for during this busy month. My intent with this article is not to give you a “how-to” for each of these, but rather to let you know what you should be looking for and thinking about from a crop diagnostic perspective.

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Apr

2016

Missouri - David Hughes, CCA

Planning Hybrid Placement

Author: David Hughes

Corn planting is underway for many farmers and we are implementing the field plans we have made since harvest. A critical component of our planning is hybrid placement. Putting the right product in the right field or sub-field area is important to maximizing performance. Efforts made by you, your dealer, seed advisor, and agronomist to position hybrids accurately for maximum yield only come to fruition if followed when the planter hits the field. 

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Mar

2016

Agronomy Update

You Want Me to Put How Many Seeds Where?

Author: David Hughes

As we get closer to planting, many farmers develop, or consider developing, variable seeding rate prescriptions for their fields. Experience levels vary and, as might be expected, accuracy in prescribing the correct seeding rate in a given field location for any given year varies as well. I thought this would be a good time to share some of my experience as well as my findings from a variable rate corn seeding project I conducted this past growing season.

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Feb

2016

Agronomy Update

Wheat Stand and Topdress Nitrogen Evaluation Before Spring Thaw

Author: David Hughes

Wheat fields will be breaking dormancy soon if they have not already. The weeks leading up to spring thaw are when we need to evaluate stands for retention and topdress nitrogen (N) management. Almost all intensive wheat management strategies are “timing-critical” and require knowledge and understanding of wheat growth stages.

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20

Oct

2015

Missouri - David Hughes, CCA

Time to Grow Winter Wheat in Missouri

Author: David Hughes

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.

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Sep

2015

Missouri - David Hughes, CCA

Soil Testing Game Plan

Author: David Hughes

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.

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Aug

2015

Missouri - David Hughes, CCA

Harvest Is A Key Time To Learn

Author: David Hughes

Every year at this time I still feel that back-to-school excitement when I watch my children get ready to make the transition from the fun summer break back to more disciplined learning. As farmers, harvest is one of our key times to learn. Today’s technology enables us to gather valuable data at the same time we harvest the yield from a long season’s work. If you use a yield monitor, prepare for accurate yield data collection by going through your technology supplier’s preharvest maintenance checklist.

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Jul

2015

Missouri - David Hughes, CCA

Nitrogen and Fungicide Decisions

Author: David Hughes

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.

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May

2015

Agronomy Update

Missouri Field Observations From Early Season Scouting

Author: David Hughes

Planting is well underway in Missouri. It is always exciting to be part of the prospect for an abundant harvest this fall. I’d like to share the following field observations from my early season field scouting.

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