Agronomy Talk

20

Sep

2015

S. Illinois - Jonathan Perkins, CCA

Pre-harvest Weed Observations

Wow, what a year 2015 has been! We have now gone from one extreme to the next in areas of southern Illinois. As we enter September and move into harvest, there are some things to take note of out in the field before/as the combine rolls. The biggest observation I have made from the truck is how many weeds are poking up out of fields. This season, some fields did not get timely post applications due to the weather, resulting in waterhemp and other glyphosate resistant weeds rearing their ugly heads. The shining stars this year are the LibertyLink® soybean fields, in particular the fields that had timely pre-applications followed by timely post applications!

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20

Jul

2015

S. Illinois - Jonathan Perkins, CCA

Protect from Yield Robbing Pests

As a kid, I remember my dad and grandpa saying “knee high by the 4th of July” was a goal to shoot for with corn. These days, we have corn tasseling or very close to tasseling by then if Mother Nature allows us to get in the field early. So why bring this up?

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20

Jul

2015

NW Illinois & Iowa - Craig Kilby, CCA

Wet Spring Factors into Fungicide Decisions

Author: Craig Kilby

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.

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20

Jul

2015

E. Indiana & W. Ohio - Brent Minett, CCA

Fungicide: To Spray or Not To Spray

Author: Brent Minett

Every year at this time farmers make the decision “to spray or not spray” their corn fields with fungicide. Understanding all the factors that need to be evaluated before full tassel helps eliminate confusion and hand wringing when the planes are ready and available. 

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