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24

Oct

2016

Agronomy Update

It’s Never Too Early to Plan for Next Year…

Author: Luke Schulte

For many of us, fall is about seeing the “payoff” from all our hard work during the past season. While harvest does allow us to make observations and summarize our findings from the past season, I’d encourage you to also consider preparing your seed bed for next year. For some of you that means tillage, for others who do not intend to till their acres, this means controlling those fall emerged weeds.  

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19

Oct

2016

OHIO - MIKE HANNEWALD, CCA

Evaluating Your Combines Performance

Author: Alex Johnson

As harvest progresses in Ohio, we are finding out which fields received enough water and which did not. As you navigate these varying conditions, it’s important to continue evaluating your combine’s performance. We usually do a good job of setting the combine when we start harvest; but don’t forget to continually monitor threshing quality and crop losses. 

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19

Oct

2016

KENTUCKY AND TENNESSEE - AUSTIN SCOTT, CCA

Ear Rot at Harvest

Author: Austin Scott

I’ve noticed a fair amount of ear rot this year, in particular, Diplodia. Diplodia can be exceptionally bad because the disease will eventually mummify the entire ear and can cause the kernels to be very lightweight.

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19

Oct

2016

E. INDIANA AND MICHIGAN - BRENT MINETT, CCA

Considerations Before Fall-Tilling

Author: Brent Minett

Although fall tillage is a common practice across much of the Corn Belt, there are scenarios that favor the practice and others that do not. Many times following harvest, we begin plowing without considering amultitude of factors that might limit the benefits we should experience from making that decision. 

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19

Oct

2016

N. INDIANA - DENNY COBB, CPAG

Facing Late Season Challenges

Author: Denny Cobb

For many farmers in my region, the 2016 harvest is a welcome change compared to 2015. Challenges always exist in any given year, but thankfully they were minimal and less severe this year than in 2015.

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19

Oct

2016

S. INDIANA - STEVE GAUCK, CCA

Evaluating Fungicide Plans and Disease Pressure

Author: Steve Gauck

Diseases have become a major topic this fall. We have seen gray leaf spot, Anthracnose stalk rot, Diplopia stalk and ear rot, and even southern rust. Corn has filled out well, but stalk quality has become a concern as plants have cannibalized with late stress.

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19

Oct

2016

NE ILLINOIS, NW INDIANA, SE WISCONSIN - CHAD KALAHER, CCA

Fall Field Work is Underway

Author: Chad Kalaher

With harvest completion just around the corner, fall field work including fertilizer applications and tillage operations will be top priority. If you are applying dry fertilizer this fall, now is the best time to utilize yield maps for VRT applications based on crop removal. 

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19

Oct

2016

W. CENTRAL ILLINOIS - CRAIG KILBY, CCA

2016: What Worked and What Didn't

Author: Craig Kilby

When the 2016 harvest is behind us, it will be critical to review product performance and integral management practices. This is the time to learn what worked well, what didn’t work, and why. Although each season is unique, trends can indicate a strong relationship which demands attention. 

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19

Oct

2016

N ILLINOIS AND S. WISCONSIN - JON SKINNER, CCA

Residue Management For High-Yielding Fields

Author: Jon Skinner

For most farmers in Wisconsin and northern Illinois, the spring planting season seems like a long distant look into the future, but prepping for that time should start from the seat of the combine. With increases in yield, plant population and stalk quality, residue management has become one of the most important aspects of farming.

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19

Oct

2016

S. ILLINOIS - SEAN NETTLETON, CCA

Using 2016 Data for 2017 Planning

Harvest is in full swing in southern Illinois! As you go from farm to farm, take the opportunity to write down your observations of hybrids and varieties, drainage concerns, or anything else you see that may help you in future decision making. 

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19

Oct

2016

MISSOURI - DAVID HUGHES, CCA

Developing Your Fertilizer Recommendation

Author: David Hughes

While fertilizer is a key input, many farmers are faced with low grain prices and margins. Though many crop advisors belabor the merits of different soil testing approaches, rarely do they consider accurate fertilizer recommendations that fit specific production and economic scenarios.

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19

Oct

2016

E. IOWA - GREG SHEPHERD, CCA

Controlling Palmer Amaranth in 2017

If you think waterhemp is a pain, hold on  to your seat. Here comes its bigger, more aggressive and uglier brother, Palmer amaranth. Palmer amaranth was first found in Iowa in 2013. Thanks to early identification and management, it was held to five counties. But unfortunately, Palmer amaranth has now been found in 16 Iowa counties.

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19

Oct

2016

CENTRAL IOWA - WADE KENT, CCA

Implementing a Sound Nitrogen Plan for 2017

Author: Wade Kent

With harvest underway, the 2016 season will be complete in the coming weeks. This is also the time of the year when fertilizer is being applied and decisions are being made for 2017. As we all know, nitrogen (N) is a critical component to high yields, and much of Iowa’s N is applied before a crop is ever planted. Late fall and spring applied N is a common practice and ensures that a portion of N is applied before planting. 

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19

Oct

2016

W. IOWA - PAT HOLLOWAY, CCA

Don't Cut Your Lime and Fertilizer Applications Just Yet

Author: Pat Holloway

With the current commodity prices, farmers will be looking to cut costs wherever possible. One of those places will likely be lime and fertilizer applications. If your fertilizer and lime applications are one of the
things you are considering cutting, be sure to evaluate your fields closely and be confident that the cuts are being made on fields that are testing high enough in phosphorus and/or potassium. 

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17

Oct

2016

Agronomy Update

Planning Now for a Successful 2017

Author: Luke Schulte

After a slow start to the 2016 harvest, farmers throughout Ohio are now in full swing. Harvest marks the final stage to our 2016 crop, it is also the first step in preparing for your 2017 crop. Sitting in the combine at harvest is the perfect time to evaluate the various inputs and practices we implemented throughout the past growing season. 

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13

Oct

2016

Agronomy Update

Controlling Winter Annual Weeds

Author: David Hughes

The time spent in the combine is perfect for scouting winter annual weeds while monitoring your harvest operations. A winter annual weed is just like it sounds… an annual weed with a life cycle that begins in the fall and may go dormant during the winter before maturing and dying in the spring. With this type of life cycle, winter annual weeds were less of a concern in past years because they weren’t considered to be competitive with a growing summer crop, and conventional tillage practices took care of them before planting. 

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4

Oct

2016

Agronomy Update

Cover Crops: When, How, and What About Herbicide Carryover?

Author: Austin Scott

Cover crops offer a variety of benefits from reducing erosion to adding nutrients to your soil. When I start a conversation with a farmer about cover crops, my first question is always, “what are your goals for the cover crop?” Cover crops are used for many different reasons so it’s important to know why you need them before you plant. A pre-determined goal will help you decide which cover crop or cover crop mixture you should plant on your farm. 

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28

Sep

2016

Agronomy Update

Soybeans Not Fit to Harvest?

Author: Luke Schulte

“Harvest time is here but my soybeans won’t get fit to harvest!”

A very common, yet intriguing question many farmers have had this fall. I’ve heard numerous remarks such as “my 3.5 maturity soybeans will be ready before my 2.9 soybeans and I planted them at the same time!” So why are soybeans maturing inconsistently? 

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26

Sep

2016

Agronomy Update

15 Tips for Successfully Growing Soft Red Winter Wheat in the Midwest

Author: Chad Kalaher
  1. Variety Selection. Select varieties that are best suited for your operation’s needs, whether that’s based on maturity for harvest timing and soybean double-cropping, straw and/or grain yield, management level, or a combination of these needs. In addition, maturity and harvest timing may be important for timely manure management, summer drainage tile projects, or timely cover-crop seeding. Utilize data from universities, third-party testing services, seed companies, and local performance-based product recommendations from your Beck’s representative to help select the best varieties available. University of Illinois research from 2013 and 2014 shows a 20 percent difference in grain yield just by selecting top-performing wheat varieties.
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23

Sep

2016

OHIO - MIKE HANNEWALD, CCA

How to Harvest Your Data

Author: Alex Johnson

Summer rains have been few and far between in Ohio. While some fields have luckily received more than others, we’ll find out soon which fields received enough to maintain yields when the combines roll.

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