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17

Oct

2018

Agronomy Talk: Seed Quality in Soybeans

High rainfall and warm temperatures after maturity physically cause the soybean pod to swell and shrink. Any structural weakness in the pod from diseases or insect feeding will allow moisture into the pod where it affects the soybean itself. The pods then split open from the physical stress of swelling with moisture. Soybeans exposed to warm temperature and high moisture are also subject to germinating in the pod. All soybean varieties are susceptible to damage in exceptionally wet years. 

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12

Oct

2018

AGRONOMY TALK: EAR MOLD IDENTIFICATION

Author: Steve Gauck

We are having a particularly wet harvest in many areas. Keep an eye out for deteriorating grain quality. Here’s a good reference guide from Steve Gauck on ear molds in corn.

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12

Oct

2018

Agronomy Update: Checking Stalk Quality

Author: Nate Mayer

In this agronomy update, Nate Mayer and Jerry Mathis, Field Agronomist for Beck's Hybrids, evaluate late-season stalk integrity as we prepare for harvest.

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13

Jul

2018

Agronomy Update: Checking Corn Pollination

Author: Steve Gauck

It's pollination time in Southern Indiana and this agronomy update is all about checking how well your corn is pollinating.

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9

Jul

2018

Agronomy Update: Growth Staging, Fungicides and Insecticides on Soybeans

Author: Steve Gauck

Now is the time that many of you will be making some decisions regarding fungicide and insecticide applications on your soybeans.

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5

Jul

2018

Agronomy Update: 15 In. Soybean Population Study

Author: Austin Scott

Check out this agronomy update to see how our 15 in. row population study is progressing at our PFR research plot in Murray, Kentucky!

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2

Jul

2018

Agronomy Update: Corn Fungicide Timing and Scouting

Author: Luke Schulte

When scouting corn, it's important to focus starting now through brown silk, or the R2 growth stage. This is the most important time to protect the plant as it's going through grain fill.

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2

Jul

2018

Agronomy Update: Fungicide Application Timing on Soybeans

Data has shown that the best time to apply fungicides on soybeans is at the R3 growth stage. 
 

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29

Jun

2018

Agronomy Update: Fungicide Application Scouting

Author: Steve Gauck

High heat and humidity, especially like we have experienced this summer, creates a perfect breeding ground for diseases such as gray leaf spot. Because of this, you may find that your corn fields are in need of a fungicide application.

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28

Jun

2018

Agronomy Update: Wheat Planting Date Study

Author: Luke Schulte

In this latest agronomy update, I am evaluating the overall differences we have seen in our Wheat Planting Date Study. 
 

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26

Jun

2018

Agronomy Update: Fungicide Use in Corn

Author: Chad Kalaher

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

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26

Jun

2018

Agronomy Update: The Time of Day Effect with the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend System

Author: Austin Scott

Most farmers are aware of the "Time of Day Effect" when it comes to applying Liberty® herbicide on LibertyLink® soybeans.

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25

Jun

2018

Agronomy Update: Tissue Testing in Corn and Soybeans

Author: Eric Wilson

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? 
 

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22

Jun

2018

Agronomy Update: Residual Herbicides for Use in Double Crop or High Biomass Situations

Author: Austin Scott

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.

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21

Jun

2018

Agronomy Update: Phytophthora Root Rot vs. Fusarium Wilt

Author: Steve Gauck

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.

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8

Jun

2018

Agronomy Update: Soybean Herbicide Damage

Author: Chad Kalaher

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.
 

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24

May

2018

Agronomy Update: Identifying Pigweed

Author: Austin Scott

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. 
 

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17

May

2018

Agronomy Update: Herbicide Injury Diagnosis in Corn

Author: Chad Kalaher

I wanted to share with you some observations I have seen in corn after fielding some chemical complaints over the last few days. 

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14

May

2018

Agronomy Update: Delayed Planting Hybrid Considerations

Author: Eric Wilson

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.

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30

Apr

2018

Agronomy Update

2018 Planting Reminders

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.

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