This is an exciting time of year as many of our kids head back to school and those of us walking fields anticipate solid corn and soybean yields following a year of adequate rainfall and soil moisture.
At times rainfall was excessive, dew periods were long, and there were “perfectly timed” drops in air and soil temperatures at critical the stages of crop development that caused a “not so exciting” thing to look at in our soybean fields.
Categories: Agronomy, Missouri
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
I have received a number of calls from customers over the past few weeks, so I wanted to provide some updates on a few of the hot topics as we continue to monitor the development of our corn and soybean crops.
Categories: NE Illinois, NW Indiana
Tags: Beck's Blog, AgTalk, Chad Kalaher, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, agronomist, Beck's Agronomist, indiana agronomy, Illinois Agronomy, Fungicide, Insecticide, Disease Development, Nitrogen Uptake
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
A few corn fields may show yellowing or slight striping, but all in all corn is off to a solid start. Yellowing, striping or flashing can often be attributed to either rapid growth syndrome or the transition from seminal to nodal roots. The nodal roots provide the majority of the nutrient needs from the V6 growth stage on.
Categories: Agronomy Talk
July is a critical month for corn and soybeans as both are going through critical reproductive growth stages. It is also a very important time to scout fields for diseases and insects. In 2015, Northern Corn Leaf Blight was very common in many areas, along with Gray Leaf Spot in others
July is a great month for crop growth. Corn and soybeans are beginning to move into those vital reproductive stages and seed development. Both are rapidly absorbing light for photosynthesis to maintain high levels of energy for growth. Maintaining a healthy leaf surface is critical for plant health and seed production. Many farmers have been asking when is the best time to apply a fungicide to maximize yield and plant health.
Knee high by the Fourth of July is the old saying for corn growth. In some cases it may be true this year. But for corn that was planted early, we probably should say tassel by the Fourth of July. Crop growth stages are all across the board in 2016. We will see fungicide applications taking place in July in some areas while in many others, corn and soybeans will have only been in the ground a little over a month.
It’s time to check the success of corn pollination in your fields. Corn across northwest Illinois has experienced ideal weather since the middle of May. We’ve seen good planting conditions, timely rainfall, and above-average temperatures in June that have moved the crop forward. As a result, our pollination window is much earlier than last year.
During July, many farmers usually focus their attention on weather patterns and hope for timely, adequate rainfall. While weather is usually the single largest contributing factor toward final yield, many management practices should still be considered to help maximize and protect your crop’s yield potential.
Our area struggled this spring during crop establishment. We experienced soil-borne fungal diseases and cool air temperatures coupled with lots of rain, which has delayed growth and development. We had about three planting windows. Amazingly, the earliest planted crops (both corn and soybeans) look the best at this time. The fields needing replanting (additional soybean populations) were completed about June 1.
Moving into the summer months, scouting is extremely critical. To maximize yield we need to be looking at the crop and watching what it is telling us. Pay close attention to diseases and nutrient deficiencies. What diseases are starting to show up? Where in the canopy are they? Do you have hybrids that are tolerant to leaf diseases? These questions will help determine if a fungicide application is needed.
Many of you may be considering a fungicide application to your soybean fields this summer. We have seen nice yield increases and return on investment in our Practical Farm Research® studies when implementing this practice. Here are a few tips to help make it successful on your farm.
July is the month that we should be actively scouting our crops for disease and insects. At our Kentucky Practical Farm Research (PFR)® location, we’ve found that the best time to apply fungicide on corn is at the VT growth stage (tassel).
As soybeans move into the reproductive phase, many ask if there are in-season nutrient applications that will enhance yield. Although soybeans will sometimes respond to foliar fertilizer applications, this is often because soil availability, root interception, and uptake of essential nutrients is limited.
While spring and early summer certainly brought some challenges to Ohio farmers, much of the yield potential of our corn and soybean crops is determined during the months of July and August. Even though weather may be the main yield-influencing factor this time of year, there are a few things you can do now to improve profitability.
At the moment, Liberty® (glufosinate) is the only post-emergence herbicide available to control glyphosate and PPO-resistant Palmer amaranth and waterhemp. So naturally, we need this herbicide to perform to the best of its ability. There are a few things you can do to enhance the efficacy of your LibertyLink® herbicide program. Below I have outlined the best management practices for post-emergence Liberty applications.
Categories: Agronomy, Kentucky, Tennessee
Tags: Beck's Blog, corn, AgTalk, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, LibertyLink, agronomist, Beck's Agronomist, Waterhemp, Palmer amaranth, Austin Scott, Kentucky Agronomy, Tennessee Agronomy, Liberty
Over the last few days, many farmers in Ohio and eastern Indiana have noticed some patches or large areas that appear to be wilting, turning yellow or brown, and dying. Below are just a few photos of the symptoms we are seeing.
Categories: Agronomy, E Indiana, Ohio
Tags: Beck's Blog, AgTalk, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, Mark Apelt, agronomist, Beck's Agronomist, Ohio corn, Phytophthora root rot
A lot of our early planted corn is already in the reproductive stage, or will be within the next week. A majority of the phone calls I’ve recently received are from farmers asking “should I spray a fungicide?” This is a tricky question. On one hand, you don’t want to throw money at a corn crop when it’s not warranted, but on the other hand you don’t want to lose potential yield by not protecting your crop. So the million-dollar question is, “what should I do?”
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Protecting corn from yield-robbing pests is one of the greatest concerns for farmers each year. From late June to mid-July these pests include foliar diseases and silk clipping insects. Properly managing these pests is crucial, and we can start by getting a better understanding of the economic and agronomic factors of each specific field.
Tags: corn, Agronomy, Illinois Agronomy, Fungicide, AgTalk. Jon Skinner, Foliar Diseases, Managing Pests