Agronomy Talk

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Jun

2017

Agronomy Update

I Like Big Roots and I Cannot Lie...

Author: Pat Holloway

Bigger roots? Taller plants? Yes please! 

This year, Beck’s PFR team in Iowa is conducting a FurrowJet™ study to test fertilizer placements and rates to find the most effective method for delivering fertilizer to the plant.

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Jun

2017

Agronomy Update

Floppy Corn Syndrome

Author: Chad Kalaher

Many areas of the Midwest have been experiencing a significant amount of dry weather over the last few weeks. Because of this I have received a number of calls and questions from farmers regarding floppy corn (rootless corn) syndrome. In this video, I am in East Central Illinois in a field that was planted on May 10, 2017. Since planting, this area has gone through a significant dry spell, which is uncommon for the area.

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Jun

2017

Agronomy Update

Do Starter Fertilizers Pay?

Author: Wade Kent

Beck's Practical Farm Research (PFR)® team is constantly evaluating new products and practices that show promise in helping farmers succeed. Some of the products we have been testing over the last few years are starter fertilizers. 
 

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Categories: Agronomy, Central Iowa

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12

Jun

2017

Field News

Sulfur Nutrition and Deficiency

Author: David Hughes

We experienced quite the planting season this year with heavy rainfall events occurring in much of our marketing area, resulting in significant replant of corn and soybean acres. Though the decision-making process and additional work seemed difficult at times, your efforts were not lost. Most replant stands that I have evaluated are looking very good and progressing nicely toward the genetic and yield potential of each hybrid and variety. With that said, I wanted to share with you some observations I have made in respect to the sulfur (S) nutrition in many of the fields I have observed.

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Categories: Agronomy, Missouri, Field News

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12

Jun

2017

Field News

Missouri Updates: Pests and Weed Control

Author: Alex Long

Here in Missouri we have welcomed the month of June with open arms! With daily highs in the triple digits, it’s finally feeling more and more like summer. As planting season winds down, we finally have an opportunity to protect the crop we have worked so hard to get in the ground. I wanted to take this opportunity to relay some information on the pests I’ve been seeing out in the field so that you’ll be prepared if you come across them.

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Categories: Agronomy, Missouri, Field News

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12

Jun

2017

Agronomy Update

Yellowing Corn: Potential Causes and Fixes

Author: Steve Gauck
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Categories: Agronomy, S Indiana

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7

Jun

2017

Agronomy Update

Assessing Corn Hail Damage

Author: Chad Kalaher

While scouting fields in Northwest Illinois last week I assessed a corn field that suffered from severe damage that resulted from a storm that brought 3 in. of rain and softball sized hail when the corn was at the V4 growth stage. 

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7

Jun

2017

AGRONOMY UPDATE

Purple Corn Syndrome

Author: Luke Schulte

It’s not uncommon for me this time of year to receive calls regarding corn plants turning purple. While it’s not unusual, it is important to understand the underlying cause and, more importantly, that in most cases this condition is temporary and cosmetic, and will not impact yield. 

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5

Jun

2017

Agronomy Update

Where Did Your Soybean Stand Go?

Author: Austin Scott

I feel like this year has been a big set up. We had excellent planting conditions in late March and early April, and we were able to get a lot of crops planted. Then Mother Nature took a turn for the worst, and the following three weeks were cold, wet, and cloudy. Much of our corn struggled to emerge and lacked the early season vigor I would typically like to see. However, we were only accumulating five to ten growing degree units (GDUs) per day, so it was somewhat expected. Seed treated with Beck’s Escalate yield enhancement system really had an advantage this year! Now that the weather has warmed up and we’ve started seeing the sun again, the corn that wasn’t underwater for too long is starting to look much better. Most of my service calls recently have been in regards to soybeans, or really the lack thereof. Even though each field has the potential to be completely different, I have started to notice a pattern. There have been two major culprits of soybean loss this year: PPO or Group 14 herbicides (especially in soybeans that were treated with ILeVo®) and slugs.

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2

Jun

2017

Agronomy Update

Soybean Slug Damage

Author: Austin Scott

Over the past few weeks, I've observed a high amount of soybean slug damage that has become a problem as of late.
 
These slugs actually eat soybean plants as they come up through the ground and because common insecticides are not active on them, they have the potential to cause yield loss.

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Categories: Agronomy, Kentucky, Tennessee

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31

May

2017

Agronomy Update

Time to Think About Septoria Brown Spot Control

Author: Chad Kalaher

Did you know that Septoria brown spot (SBS), also know as brown spot, is the second biggest disease threat to soybean yield after soybean cyst nematodes?
 
Since SBS has the potential to reduce soybean yields more than most farmers and agronomists realize, it's important to implement additional attention and control measures to manage this disease.

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May

2017

Agronomy Update

Soybean Herbicide Stunting

Author: Steve Gauck

Late last week I evaluated a soybean field that was suffering from slight stunting that was caused by a herbicide application.

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Categories: S Indiana

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19

May

2017

Agronomy Update

Rain, Rain, Go Away

There is no better time to experience the benefits of water management than after a big rainfall event. And Mother Nature has provided more than enough of those this season.

Fields across the Midwest have been flooded and tractors put on standby as farmers across the Corn Belt waited out torrential rains and wet fields over the last few weeks. Some fields however, fared better than others. Their secret you ask? Well water management of course!

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18

May

2017

Agronomy Update

Assessing Flood Damaged Corn

Earlier this week I spent some time assessing what's left of our flooded corn fields in Southern Illinois.

This particular field saw a foot of rain and had standing water up to 3 ft. that stood in some spots for up to five days. 

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17

May

2017

Agronomy Update

Soybean Pythium Seedling Blight

Author: Chad Kalaher

While scouting fields these past few weeks I have spotted some presence of soybean Pythium seedling blight across east central Illinois as a result of the cold, wet conditions we have experienced.  

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16

May

2017

Agronomy Update

The Benefits of Water Management

There is no better time to experience the benefits of water management than after a big rainfall event. And Beck’s PFR site in Effingham, IL experienced 7.25 in. of rain over the course of a week.

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Categories: Agronomy, PFR, PFR Reports

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15

May

2017

Agronomy Update

Wheat Update from Southwest Kentucky

Author: Austin Scott

Back in March, a majority of my territory experienced a freeze event. And while our wheat grew out of it and was looking very healthy, we are now seeing some damage.   

 

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Categories: Agronomy, Kentucky, Tennessee

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12

May

2017

Agronomy Update

PPO Injury on Soybeans

Author: Craig Kilby

Join field agronomist and herbicide specialist, Craig Kilby, at Beck’s Downs IL PFR site as he evaluates recent issues that have occurred as a result of a pre-emergent herbicide application over the top of soybeans.

The soybeans in this field were planted on April 19 and April 20 followed by a herbicide application that was applied over the top the next day. While PPO herbicides are effective and a great option for many herbicide platforms, they can cause injury on soybeans. Check out the video to learn more.

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11

May

2017

Agronomy Update

Corn Frost Injury in Ohio

Author: Luke Schulte

How will our corn yield be impacted by the frost event we had on Monday morning? We are seeing some symptomology of frost injury at Beck's PFR site in Ohio but most of it is cosmetic and our crops should grow out of it.

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8

May

2017

Agronomy Update

Hurry Up and Wait

Author: Mark Apelt

Many areas of Ohio turned dry towards the end of April and farmers were able to get their corn and soybeans into the ground at a good pace. In fact, the USDA projected that 42 percent of all corn and 14 percent of soybeans had been planted by April 30, 2017. Then…everything came to a screeching halt as frequent rainstorms have resulted in several inches of rain covering most of the state. 

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