Agronomy Talk

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May

2018

Agronomy Update: Late Planting Considerations

The continued rains have kept farmers out of the fields for most of the month of May. With some dry stretches in the forecast, many will be returning to the field soon to continue (or begin) planting. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planting late.

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Categories: N Indiana, Michigan

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24

May

2018

Agronomy Update: Identifying Pigweed

Author: Austin Scott

When scouting fields over the last few weeks I have seen a number of weeds popping up in corn and soybean fields across Beck's southern marketing area. 
 

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Categories: Agronomy, Kentucky, Tennessee

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23

May

2018

Agronomy Update: Post Herbicide Labels

Author: Chad Kalaher

Do you need a refresher on growth staging corn and why it’s important to check the herbicide labels prior to application? What to learn more about what’s happening physiologically to corn at this growth stage and how it can impact your yield this season?
 

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Categories: E Central Illinois

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21

May

2018

Agronomy Update: Effects of Suboptimal Planting Conditions

Author: Chad Kalaher

Recent scouting has show that the suboptimal planting conditions experienced in McLean County, Illinois are having some impact on the corn crops in the area. As corn approaches the V3 growth stage, I have found that populations are lower than what was planted due to issues with sidewall compaction.
 

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21

May

2018

Agronomy Update: Soybean Emergence & ILeVO Effects

Author: Steve Gauck

Planters have continued to roll across fields in the Midwest over the last few weeks and soybeans have finally started to emerge. Now is a great time to evaluate your stands and see if there are any issues that need to be addressed.
 

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17

May

2018

Agronomy Update: Herbicide Injury Diagnosis in Corn

Author: Chad Kalaher

I wanted to share with you some observations I have seen in corn after fielding some chemical complaints over the last few days. 

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16

May

2018

Agronomy Update: Delayed Planting Hybrid Considerations

With all the rain we have had in our area and more in the forecast, I have received several questions about whether or not there is a need to switch to planting an earlier maturity corn hybrid. Eric Wilson, Beck’s field agronomist in northern Iowa, and I have put together the following information to help you decide if you need to make a change.

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Categories: N Indiana, Michigan

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14

May

2018

Agronomy Update: Delayed Planting Hybrid Considerations

Author: Eric Wilson

With all the rain we have had in our area and more in the forecast, I know there have been some concerns about switching to earlier maturity hybrids. I have put together a quick summary of everything you need to know if your considering making the switch.

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30

Apr

2018

Agronomy Update

2018 Planting Reminders

Many farmers in our area have finally started planting while many others are getting ready to start. I wanted to share a few reminders with you as you fine-tune your planting operations to ensure the best chance of success om 2018.

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7

Feb

2018

Agronomy Update

How Does Your Wheat Look

Author: Austin Scott

Did this year's freezing temperatures affect your yield potential?

While total wheat acres are down this year due to commodity prices, there there are still several thousand acres of Beck’s wheat planted throughout the South.

Unfortunately, that wheat has had a very troubled start this season. During planting, we experienced several weeks of dry weather that slowed emergence and even delayed planting. Then, in early January, we experienced two weather events that brought below normal temperatures (single digits in some areas) for extended periods of time. I have had several concerned farmers call and ask me if these weather events damaged their wheat crop and, true to my agronomist nature, my answer has been, “it depends on several factors.”

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16

Aug

2017

Agronomy Update

Southern Rust vs Common Rust: What You Need to Know

Author: Steve Gauck

In 2016, many parts of southern Indiana experienced a bad outbreak of Southern Rust that caused yield loss in a lot of areas. Many farmers have seen an influx of this disease present in their fields again this year. However, there has also been a large presence of Common Rust in corn fields this year as well.
 
Check out this latest video to learn more about the visual differences between the two diseases and what you can expect in terms of long term effects and yield loss. 

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16

Aug

2017

Agronomy Update

The Truth About Stink Bugs...

Author: Luke Schulte

This is a vulnerable time during soybean development as we enter pod development so it's important to scout your fields for insect feeding. A recently shot this video while scouting soybean fields at Beck's Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site in London, OH for insect damage, specifically from stink bugs.

Watch it now to learn more about what to look for and what kind of injury you can expect.

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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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3

Jul

2017

Agronomy Update

Tissue Sampling: Benefits and Tips

Do you have a field with a fairly large area that is showing signs of deficiency? Are you concerned that your crop may not be getting the nutrition it needs, even when you have adequate soil pH and test results? The symptoms of different nutrient deficiencies can look similar, and can’t always be distinguished visually out in the field.

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Categories: Agronomy, Eastern Iowa

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30

Jun

2017

Agronomy Update

Soybean Post Spray Reminders

Author: Luke Schulte

Today, it’s not nearly as simple to achieve adequate weed control in soybeans as it was 10 years ago. Weeds have evolved and herbicide resistance has created some considerable challenges over time. Below are a few reminders of management practices you might consider with your specific soybean technology.

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26

Jun

2017

Agronomy Update

Evaluating Hail Damage

Author: Alex Long

A recent storm with baseball sized hail hit parts of northern Missouri that caused damage to a lot of corn and soybean fields in the area.

Check out this video to learn more about assessing fields for hail damage and what to keep an eye out for should a storm hit your area!


 

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Categories: Agronomy, Missouri

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21

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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15

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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13

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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