A soil’s pH is the most basic, yet most important value, for determining nutrient availability. Most crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa prefer a soil pH in a range of 6.3 to 6.8. Soil testing labs will report pH in two ways, soil pH and buffer pH.
Categories: Agronomy, Agronomy Talk
Jonathan Perkins, Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR®) Location Lead/PFR Agronomist, discusses which rates of clethodim provided the greatest weed control with Enlist One® soybeans in this 2021 Herbicide Insight study.
Tags: Agronomy, herbicide insights
Check out this update with Beck's Hybrids' Field Agronomist, Mike Hannewald, where he talks about stalks and nitrogen deficiency.
Check out this video from Field Agronomist, Mike Hannewald, as he discusses information regarding tar spot and other diseases.
Tar Spot is a relatively new disease in the US but is one that can cause severe yield loss if conditions are right.
Tags: Beck's Agronomy, Beck's, Corn Disease, tar spot
There are many options available in an Xtendflex® system. Which one will you be utilizing on your operation?
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Ben Wiegmann, Beck’s Field Sales Agronomist, reviews the details of the “Weed Management in Wheat” 2021 Herbicide Insight Plot. The purpose of this study is to determine how newer wheat herbicide labels such as Sharpen® and Zidua® SC compare to traditional wheat herbicides.
Tags: Agronomy, Wheat, herbicide insights
Check out this new video with Clayton Stufflebeam, PFR Location Lead, and Joe Bolte, PFR Technician / Herbicide Specialist, for important information regarding the TH Fabrication Row Focus Rotary Hoe.
Categories: Agronomy, S Illinois, Agronomy Talk
Does deep tillage, with a moldboard plow, significantly reduce weed pressure? Austin Scott, Beck’s Hybrids Area Team Leader and Herbicide Specialist, reviews the influence of various tillage practices on waterhemp emergence in this 2021 Herbicide Insight plot.
Ready for those combine wheels to start rolling in the fields? What considerations should a farmer review before revving up for harvest season? Luke Schulte, Beck’s Hybrids Field Sales Agronomist, highlights key agronomic considerations before harvest begins on farms.
In this video, Austin Scott, Beck’s Area Team Leader and Herbicide Specialist, evaluates the use of different PRE and POST emergence herbicide programs with Enlist E3® soybeans.
Joe Bolte, PFR Technician & Herbicide Specialist, evaluates the weed control of post-emergent herbicide programs on Enlist E3® soybeans. Does nozzle selection or the carrier rate used make a difference when making post applications of Enlist One® on soybeans?
Can farmers get away with making a single herbicide application on their corn crop, or should they utilize a two-pass herbicide application across the field? Ben Wiegmann, Beck’s Hybrids Field Sales Agronomist, discusses one-pass herbicide programs versus two-pass herbicide programs on corn. Watch this video to learn how to make a one-pass system work and what specific chemistries help make weed control effective on the corn crop. Nine different herbicide treatments were tested in this study: two treatments in a one-pass system, and seven treatments in a two-pass system.
Is there any additional soil activity out of applying dicamba (Engenia®) versus 2,4-D (Enlist One®) on soybeans? Luke Schulte, Beck’s Field Sales Agronomist, reviews the benefits of using pre-plant herbicide systems, the soil activity on a dicamba system (Engenia) vs. a 2,4-D system (Enlist One), and what this 2021 Herbicide Insight plot looks like 45 days after treatment (DAT).
When making the decision to terminate a cover crop, what method works best? Camille Lambert, Beck’s Hybrids Field Sales Agronomist, reviews three cover crop termination methods: crimping the cover crop, using a chemical control option (Roundup PowerMAX®), and a combination method of crimping + using chemical control (Roundup PowerMAX®).
When making the decision to terminate a cover crop, what method works best? Camille Lambert, Beck’s Field Sales Agronomist, reviews three cover crop termination methods: crimping the cover crop, using a chemical control option (Roundup PowerMAX®), and a combination method of crimping + using chemical control (Roundup PowerMAX).
Categories: Agronomy Talk
Shade is one of the best weed control methods, but how does that relate to the rate you apply your cereal rye?
Controlling weeds with cereal rye as a cover crop? What seeding rate of cereal rye provides the best weed control – 30 lb., 60 lb., or 90 lb.? Camille Lambert, Beck’s Hybrids Field Sales Agronomist, reviews the amount of waterhemp weed control each seeding rate of cereal rye had in this 2021 Herbicide Insight Study.
After planting, the effects of saturated or flooded fields can have a severe and potentially long-lasting impact on corn. The degree of the effect depends on the length of saturated conditions and the growth stage of the crop. Following corn emergence, saturated soils inhibit root growth and nutrient uptake due to a lack of oxygen in the soil. In higher organic matter soils, nitrate-nitrogen (N) rapidly converts to N gases and is lost to the atmosphere. As a result, under persistent saturation, corn roots stop functioning and plants turn yellow as photosynthesis slows.
Heavy or persistent rains can lead to saturated soils that can injure or kill a seed, seedling, or growing plant. Saturated
soils have an impaired ability to exchange air between the atmosphere and soil. This deprives the seed or plant tissues
of oxygen required for respiration.