The corn in my area is at, or approaching, the VT growth stage with plants starting to tassel. It's typically this time of year that I often get a lot of questions regarding fungicides
Categories: Agronomy, E Central Illinois
Most farmers are aware of the "Time of Day Effect" when it comes to applying Liberty® herbicide on LibertyLink® soybeans.
Categories: Agronomy, Kentucky, Tennessee
Do you know how, when, and where should you tissue test? Do you know how to handle your samples once you pull them? What should you be thinking about when evaluating the results?
Categories: Agronomy, Central Iowa
Tags: corn, soybeans, Agronomy, Iowa Agronomy, tissue testing, Eric Wilson
I recently attended Dr. Larry Steckel's University of Tennessee Weed Tour and I wanted to give you an update on a few of the new herbicide programs that are coming out that can be used in double crop or high biomass situations.
Check out the video below to see the difference in residual formulations from this cover crop termination study.
Tags: Beck's Blog, Beck's Hybrids, Agronomy Update, Austin Scott, residual herbicides, double crop, Cover Crop Termination Study, High biomass
Do you know the difference between Phytophthora Root Rot and Fusarium Wilt in soybeans?
Check out this quick Agronomy Update video from Beck's agronomist, Steve Gauck to learn more about the signs and symptoms of both diseases, and how to tell the difference in the field.
Categories: Agronomy, S Indiana
Tags: Beck's Blog, Agronomy Update, Steve Gauck, indiana agronomy, Phytophthora root rot, Fusarium Wilt
Do you know what herbicide damage in soybeans looks like? Over the past week, I have responded to a number of calls from farmers whose soybeans were showing symptoms of damage from metribuzin herbicide.
Tags: soybeans, Chad Kalaher, Agronomy Update, Illinois Agronomy, Herbicide Damage
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.
Categories: N Indiana, Michigan
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.
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?
Categories: E Central Illinois
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.
Tags: corn, Chad Kalaher, Agronomy, Illinois Agronomy, sidewall compaction, low populations
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.
Categories: S Indiana
Tags: soybeans, Agronomy, Steve Gauck, indiana agronomy, ILeVO, Halo Effect
I wanted to share with you some observations I have seen in corn after fielding some chemical complaints over the last few days.
Tags: corn, Agronomy, Illinois Agronomy, herbicide injury, . Chad Kalaher
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.
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.
Categories: Agronomy, N Iowa, Minnesota
Tags: Agronomy, Iowa Agronomy, GDUS, Minnesota Agronomy, Eric Wilson, Late-Maturity Hybrids, late planting
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.
Categories: Agronomy, NE Illinois, NW Indiana, Michigan
Tags: planting, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, Planting Depth, Product Placement, Mike Hannewald, Planting Populations
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.”
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.
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