Over the last few days, many farmers in Ohio and eastern Indiana have noticed some patches or large areas that appear to be wilting, turning yellow or brown, and dying. Below are just a few photos of the symptoms we are seeing.
Categories: Agronomy, E Indiana, Ohio
Tags: Beck's Blog, AgTalk, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, Mark Apelt, agronomist, Beck's Agronomist, Ohio corn, Phytophthora root rot
The cool, wet weather we have been experiencing has lead to increased concern for various threats to our wheat crops. This article includes my updates on what I have been seeing in wheat fields across Ohio over the past few days.
Tags: Beck's Blog, AgTalk, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, Mark Apelt, agronomist, Beck's Agronomist, Ohio wheat, wheat fields, Ohio agornomy, Fungicide, Stripe rust, Armyworms, Wheat Spindle Streak, Head Scab
Many areas of Ohio received record low temperatures on the morning of April 24. Temperatures dropped into the mid-20s in several areas of northern Ohio, while shattering previous lows by 5-7ºF in parts of central and southern Ohio (London for example). Many farmers may be wondering what (if any) effect will this have on their wheat crop. The extent of damage you may see will vary based on a few factors such as: the stage of growth of your wheat crop, the variety planted, maturity, planting date, planting depth, and temperature.
Let’s discuss each of these in a little more detail.
Tags: Beck's Blog, AgTalk, Agronomy, Agronomy Update, Mark Apelt, agronomist, Beck's Agronomist, Ohio wheat, wheat fields, Ohio agornomy, frost damage on wheat
In this week's Agronomy Update, I wanted to highlight terminating cover crops. Our cover crop product lead, Ryan Moore, put together some great tips on this topic for me to share with you.
Tags: Agronomy Update, Terminating Cover Crops, Alex Johnson, Annual Ryegrass, Cereal Rye
Whether you’re applying nitrogen (N) on your corn or wheat crop, knowing which nitrogen stabilizer to consider can be confusing! There are many out there. They protect from different types of loss, and they are specific to fertilizer form. Let’s simplify it!
Tags: Agronomy Update, Alex Johnson, Nitrogen, Stabilizing Nitrogen, Beck's Practical Farm Research (PFR)®
Winter has finally come to an end and the last of the snow is melting away, which means it's time to check out those wheat stands! In this week’s video, Mark Apelt and I discuss what we’ve been seeing throughout Ohio's wheat fields and what you can do about it.
The third and final installment of Know Your Numbers - Making Profitable Decisions in 2015 is Seed Selection.
So how can seed selection affect profit?
1. Right product for YOU.
2. Right trait.
Tags: Agronomy Update, Alex Johnson, Know Your Numbers, Third Installment, Seed Selection
Applying Nitrogen (N) to wheat can be a tough decision this time of year. Many of us have no intention of scouting fields in this weather, but a quick look at your wheat fields can help make some decisions on N rate and timing.
Categories: Agronomy, S Indiana, E Indiana
Tags: Agronomy Update, Steve Gauck, Applying Nitrogen, Wheat
In continuation of our short series on “Know Your Numbers,” let’s explore some ways to manage fertility to improve profit and then we will look at some easy, practical ways to farm more profitably.
Why fertility? When we looked at our cost per acre last week we saw that fertilizer is one of the biggest variable input costs for corn and beans. This means it holds potential to have a big impact on yield and profitability.
Tags: Agronomy Update, Alex Johnson, Fertility, Ways to Be Profitable, Know Your Numbers
What does it cost to put out an acre of corn in 2015? How does soybean profitability compare to corn? What are some easy ways to increase my profit?
I had fun this winter discussing these topics with our customers at some small post-harvest customer meetings we did in areas of Ohio. This week’s newsletter will be the first of a short series discussing: Making Profitable Decisions in 2015.
Tags: Agronomy Update, Alex Johnson, Making Profitable Decisions in 2015
A catchy title can be the key to grabbing your attention. Joking aside, speed and date are two agronomic practices that affect our yield year after year: planting date and planting speed.
Tags: Agronomy Update, Alex Johnson, Corn Planting Date, Soybean Planting Date, Practical Farm Research (PFR)
Audio Interview with Tom Beck
This week I had a chance to visit with Tom Beck, a Beck’s customer, near Ridgeville Corners, Ohio. I interviewed Tom in Defiance County, Ohio from his combine cab, as he harvested his last field.
LibertyLink® Cost Comparison and Weed Identifcation
This discussion with Tom brought up a topic that I receive a lot of questions about. “How does the cost of LibertyLink® compare to glyphosate tolerant herbicides?” The key thing this chart doesn’t tell you is that Liberty® herbicide KILLS resistant weeds that glyphosate tolerant traits no longer controls such as marestail, waterhemp, and Palmer amaranth. These three weeds are present in Ohio, and growing in number.
Tags: Agronomy Update, Alex Johnson, Farmer Interview, Weed Identification, LibertyLink
Last week I had a chance to visit with Paul Ralston of Hardin County, Ohio. We talked about his farm operation and things he has done throughout the year. Tune in to hear about what other farmers are seeing on their operation as I interview Paul in the tractor cab!
Tags: Agronomy Update, Farmer Interview, Soil Sampling
I hope harvest has been going smoothly for you, though delayed for most in Ohio this fall. This week’s newsletter has some information that is important as we think about fall and spring input prices.
Tags: Agronomy Update, Alex Johnson, Fertilizer Price Survey, Nutrient Application
Sadly another week of wet weather has gone by, further frustrating soybean harvest and wheat planting.
Tags: Agronomy Update, Alex Johnson, Drying Soybeans, Corn Drydown, Planting Wheat
The rains have slowed wheat planting in a lot of areas, but we still have the potential for a good crop!
Planting within the first 10 days after the recommended fly-free is normally our goal, but we can plant wheat up to one month after the fly-free date and still maintain optimal yields. So, for most of Ohio this means wheat can be safely planted through the last week of October.
Tags: Agronomy Update, Alex Johnson, What You Need to Know About Planting Wheat
With the recent rains many of us are starting to wonder how fast corn will dry down in the field. Many factors can contribute to drydown. Plant characteristics can influence in-field drydown, but weather conditions strongly influence drydown.
Tags: Agronomy Update, Steve Gauck, Harvest 2014, Corn Drydown Rates
How Much Yield Am I Leaving on the Ground?
It is easy to do a quick estimate behind the combine of how much yield is left in the field. Carefully remove residue in a square foot area and count how many seeds are lying on the ground.
Ag Lime Rate
How much lime to put on a field does not have to be complicated or as simple as put 3000# on whether it needs it or not. Here is a simple way to decide which fields need lime, how much, and what kind.
Tags: Agronomy, Agronomy Update, Alex Johnson, Harvest 2014, Ag Lime Rate, Wasted Yield
Every year there are some soybean fields where the stems stay green while the soybeans are mature and at the ideal moisture. Sometimes the leaves fall off the plant and sometimes they remain green and stay on. The one common symptom for most cases (except fungicides and genetics) is that there is not a heavy pod load on the plant. There are numerous factors that can cause a less than ideal pod load. In this article are just a few items that may contribute to green stem.
Tags: Agronomy Update, Mark Apelt, Green Stems in Soybeans, Harvest Season, What to Look For
Last fall, Mark Loux at Ohio State University answered some very common questions based around fall herbicide applications.
Tags: Agronomy Update, Herbicide Treatments, Mark Loux, The Ohio State University