Agronomy Talk

28

Apr

2015

Agronomy Update

Soil Conditions: How Wet is Too Wet?

Author: Alex Johnson

As your agronomist in Ohio, I dig a lot of roots. Sometimes, the roots I dig do not go very deep and are concentrated in the upper 3 in. of soil. Root problems during the growing season can start in the spring. When the weather is wet in the spring the temptation rises to push things. But let’s talk about how wet is too wet.

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24

Apr

2015

Agronomy Update

The Potential Effects of Hard Frost on Wheat

Author: Mark Apelt

Many areas of Ohio received record low temperatures on the morning of April 24. Temperatures dropped into the mid-20s in several areas of northern Ohio, while shattering previous lows by 5-7ºF in parts of central and southern Ohio (London for example). Many farmers may be wondering what (if any) effect will this have on their wheat crop. The extent of damage you may see will vary based on a few factors such as: the stage of growth of your wheat crop, the variety planted, maturity, planting date, planting depth, and temperature.

Let’s discuss each of these in a little more detail.

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22

Apr

2015

Agronomy Update

Ohio Wheat Evaluation Part 2 - Some Green, Some Not. Why?

Author: Alex Johnson

Last week I met our regional product specialist, Mark Apelt, at L & S wheat plot in Pandora, OH to revisit our initial wheat evaluation from earlier this spring. The wheat is now greened up, however, some fields that looked great when we first scouted them in late March now have parts of the field that are now dead. The question is, “why?”

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8

Apr

2015

Agronomy Update

Terminating Cover Crops

Author: Alex Johnson

​In this week's Agronomy Update, I wanted to highlight terminating cover crops. Our cover crop product lead, Ryan Moore, put together some great tips on this topic for me to share with you.

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24

Mar

2015

Agronomy Update

E. Indiana and Ohio: Nitrogen Stabilizers Simplified

Author: Alex Johnson

Whether you’re applying nitrogen (N) on your corn or wheat crop, knowing which nitrogen stabilizer to consider can be confusing! There are many out there. They protect from different types of loss, and they are specific to fertilizer form. Let’s simplify it!

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18

Mar

2015

Agronomy Update

E. Indiana and Ohio: Checking Your Wheat Stands

Author: Alex Johnson

Winter has finally come to an end and the last of the snow is melting away, which means it's time to check out those wheat stands! In this week’s video, Mark Apelt and I discuss what we’ve been seeing throughout Ohio's wheat fields and what you can do about it.

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11

Feb

2015

Agronomy Update

Know Your Numbers - Seed Selection

Author: Alex Johnson

The third and final installment of Know Your Numbers - Making Profitable Decisions in 2015 is Seed Selection.

So how can seed selection affect profit?
1. Right product for YOU.
2. Right trait.

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6

Feb

2015

Agronomy Update

How to "Know Your Numbers" - Fertility

Author: Alex Johnson

In continuation of our short series on “Know Your Numbers,” let’s explore some ways to manage fertility to improve profit and then we will look at some easy, practical ways to farm more profitably.

Why fertility? When we looked at our cost per acre last week we saw that fertilizer is one of the biggest variable input costs for corn and beans. This means it holds potential to have a big impact on yield and profitability.

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22

Jan

2015

Agronomy Update

Know Your Numbers: Making Profitable Decisions in 2015

Author: Alex Johnson

What does it cost to put out an acre of corn in 2015? How does soybean profitability compare to corn? What are some easy ways to increase my profit?

I had fun this winter discussing these topics with our customers at some small post-harvest customer meetings we did in areas of Ohio. This week’s newsletter will be the first of a short series discussing: Making Profitable Decisions in 2015.

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5

Jan

2015

Agronomy Update

Agronomic Speed Date

Author: Alex Johnson

A catchy title can be the key to grabbing your attention. Joking aside, speed and date are two agronomic practices that affect our yield year after year: planting date and planting speed.

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26

Nov

2014

Agronomy Update

Audio Interview with Tom Beck, LibertyLink Comparison, Weed ID

Author: Alex Johnson

Audio Interview with Tom Beck
This week I had a chance to visit with Tom Beck, a Beck’s customer, near Ridgeville Corners, Ohio. I interviewed Tom in Defiance County, Ohio from his combine cab, as he harvested his last field.

LibertyLink® Cost Comparison and Weed Identifcation
This discussion with Tom brought up a topic that I receive a lot of questions about. “How does the cost of LibertyLink® compare to glyphosate tolerant herbicides?” The key thing this chart doesn’t tell you is that Liberty® herbicide KILLS resistant weeds that glyphosate tolerant traits no longer controls such as marestail, waterhemp, and Palmer amaranth. These three weeds are present in Ohio, and growing in number.

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20

Nov

2014

Agronomy Update

Audio Interview from Field and Soil Samples

Author: Alex Johnson

Last week I had a chance to visit with Paul Ralston of Hardin County, Ohio. We talked about his farm operation and things he has done throughout the year. Tune in to hear about what other farmers are seeing on their operation as I interview Paul in the tractor cab!

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12

Nov

2014

Agronomy Update

Fertilizer Price Survey - Remember the Four “R”s of Nutrient Application

Author: Alex Johnson

I hope harvest has been going smoothly for you, though delayed for most in Ohio this fall. This week’s newsletter has some information that is important as we think about fall and spring input prices.

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28

Oct

2014

Agronomy Update

Wheat Planting and Drying Soybeans

Author: Alex Johnson

Sadly another week of wet weather has gone by, further frustrating soybean harvest and wheat planting.


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16

Oct

2014

Agronomy Update

How Late Can I Plant My Wheat?

Author: Alex Johnson

The rains have slowed wheat planting in a lot of areas, but we still have the potential for a good crop!

Planting within the first 10 days after the recommended fly-free is normally our goal, but we can plant wheat up to one month after the fly-free date and still maintain optimal yields. So, for most of Ohio this means wheat can be safely planted through the last week of October.

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13

Oct

2014

Agronomy Update

How Much Yield Am I Leaving On The Ground?

Author: Alex Johnson

How Much Yield Am I Leaving on the Ground?
It is easy to do a quick estimate behind the combine of how much yield is left in the field. Carefully remove residue in a square foot area and count how many seeds are lying on the ground.

Ag Lime Rate
How much lime to put on a field does not have to be complicated or as simple as put 3000# on whether it needs it or not. Here is a simple way to decide which fields need lime, how much, and what kind.

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9

Oct

2014

Agronomy Update

Green Stem of Soybeans

Author: Mark Apelt

Every year there are some soybean fields where the stems stay green while the soybeans are mature and at the ideal moisture. Sometimes the leaves fall off the plant and sometimes they remain green and stay on. The one common symptom for most cases (except fungicides and genetics) is that there is not a heavy pod load on the plant. There are numerous factors that can cause a less than ideal pod load. In this article are just a few items that may contribute to green stem.

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7

Oct

2014

Agronomy Update

Fall Herbicide Treatments - What Mark Loux Has To Say!

Author: Alex Johnson

Last fall, Mark Loux at Ohio State University answered some very common questions based around fall herbicide applications.

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25

Sep

2014

Agronomy Update

E. Indiana and Ohio: Check for Stalk Lodging

Author: Alex Johnson

Some corn fields are starting to come off, though most are two to four weeks away from harvest. For that reason, it is important to check potential for stalk lodging to assess which fields or hybrids may need to be prioritized to harvest first. There are two easy ways to test this, the push test and pinch test.

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12

Sep

2014

Agronomy Update

E. Indiana and Ohio: The Right Moisture to Harvest Corn

Author: Alex Johnson

Have you ever heard of a farmer who started harvesting a corn field at 26 percent moisture and it was yielding 200 Bu./A. (adjusted to dry bushels). He left the other half of the field to dry down on its own as he went to harvest soybeans. When he harvested the other half of the corn field three weeks later it was 16 percent moisture but only yielded 190 Bu./A.?

As commodity prices decline, it is tempting to let corn dry in the field instead of harvesting early and drying it on the farm or paying drying cost at the elevator. This article discusses the three top reasons to harvest your corn between 25-20 percent moisture. Those reasons are: phantom yield loss, harvest loss, and fall operations.

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