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.”
Categories: Agronomy, Kentucky, Tennessee
Tags: Agronomy Update, Wheat, Austin Scott, Kentucky Agronomy, Tennessee Agronomy, Wheat Freeze Injury, Wheat Feekes Scale, Split Applying Nitrogen on Wheat
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.
Categories: Agronomy, S Indiana
Tags: Beck's Blog, Beck's Agronomy, Steve Gauck, indiana agronomy, southern rust, Common Rust
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.
Categories: Agronomy, Ohio
Tags: Beck's Blog, Beck's Agronomy, Ohio Agronomy, LUKE SCHULTE, Stink Bugs
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
Categories: Agronomy, Missouri
Tags: Beck's Blog, Beck's Hybrids, intern, Agronomy Update, David Hughes, Missouri, PFR Proven, Nitrogen Application
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.
Categories: Agronomy, Eastern Iowa
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.
Tags: Beck's Blog, Ohio farming, Beck's Hybrids, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, LibertyLink, LUKE SCHULTE, Ohio agronomist, post spray reminders, soybean herbicides, xtend
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!
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.
Categories: Agronomy, Western Iowa
Tags: Beck's Hybrids, Beck's Agronomy, agronomist, Beck's Agronomist, Beck’s Blog, PAT HOLLOWAY
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.
Categories: Agronomy, NW Indiana, E Central Illinois
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.
Categories: Agronomy, Central Iowa
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.
Categories: Agronomy, Missouri, Field News
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.
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.
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.
Tags: Beck's Blog, Beck's Hybrids, Agronomy, Ohio, LUKE SCHULTE
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.
Categories: Agronomy, Kentucky, Tennessee, Field News
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.
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.
Late last week I evaluated a soybean field that was suffering from slight stunting that was caused by a herbicide application.
Categories: S Indiana
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!
Categories: Agronomy, S Illinois
Tags: Beck's Blog, Beck's Agronomy, Agronomy Update, Beck's Agronomist, Water Management