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14

Mar

2017

Agronomy Update

Optimum Missouri Planting Dates

Author: Alex Long

We are midway through March and have experienced some above average temperatures that have left many of us feeling as though our corn planters should be running. We have actually heard a few reports of corn being planted around the state, but I believe it is in your best interest to be patient and postpone your planting operations for just a little bit longer.

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13

Feb

2017

Agronomy Update

Seed to Soil: It’s Getting Close!

Author: David Hughes

This time of year, I anxiously await two things – planting season and baseball. “Watch the ball hit the bat” rings out from dads as they cheer their sons on in batting cages all over the country. In farming, it is just as important to see the seed hit the soil. Nothing is more important or more exciting than getting that perfect stand at planting. After all, you can’t score if you don’t get on base.

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10

Feb

2017

Agronomy Update

Wheat Updates Continued...

Author: David Hughes

Kansas State Plant Pathologist Erick De DeWolf has put out, in my opinion, the most accurate winter wheat fungicide efficacy ratings. You can review it here. In it, he summarizes performance ratings and also provides insight we can utilize as we make plans for fungicide applications on our wheat this year.

In addition to these ratings, I wanted to share with you a few thoughts I had looking back on the 2016 season.

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3

Feb

2017

Agronomy Update

2017 Wheat Updates

Author: David Hughes

I’ve recently had the opportunity to scout a few wheat fields and I wanted to share with you a few updates. 

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9

Jan

2017

Agronomy Update

Weed Control Reminders

Author: David Hughes

Happy New Year from your Beck’s Missouri agronomy team! Alex, Clint, Norm, Matt and I look forward to the opportunity to help you succeed in 2017. With timely information, research, field diagnosis and experience, our goal is to help you make this year the most profitable it can be. Growing row crops in a low market environment can be challenging and requires us to sharpen and apply our management skills.  

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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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19

Aug

2016

Agronomy Update

Sudden Death Syndrome Updates for Missouri

Author: David Hughes

This is an exciting time of year as many of our kids head back to school and those of us walking fields anticipate solid corn and soybean yields following a year of adequate rainfall and soil moisture.

At times rainfall was excessive, dew periods were long, and there were “perfectly timed” drops in air and soil temperatures at critical the stages of crop development that caused a “not so exciting” thing to look at in our soybean fields.

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22

Jun

2016

Agronomy Update

Storm Winds and Heavy Rain Cause Root Lodging in Missouri Fields

Author: David Hughes

We received high storm winds with rainfall Monday night in much of Northern Missouri and there are a lot of acres with corn blown over or down (root lodging). I have not heard of any significant greensnap which is good.

Here are a few key points to remember... 

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19

May

2016

Agronomy Update

Missouri Soybean Fields Showing Signs of PPO-Herbicide Injury

Author: David Hughes

Over the past week I have been called to numerous fields to evaluate emerging soybeans that are weak, injured by feeding or herbicides, or were impacted by seedling disease, primarily Pythium (root rot/damping off). I wanted to take a minute to discuss PPO-herbicide injury.

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10

May

2016

Agronomy Update

What to Scout for in May

Author: David Hughes

May can be a busy month. Most of us are planting soybeans, post-spraying corn, spraying burndown ahead of beans, and/or checking on maturing wheat. We have a lot happening all at the same time.

With that in mind, I thought I’d share some of the things I keep an eye on and field scout for during this busy month. My intent with this article is not to give you a “how-to” for each of these, but rather to let you know what you should be looking for and thinking about from a crop diagnostic perspective.

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15

Mar

2016

Agronomy Update

You Want Me to Put How Many Seeds Where?

Author: David Hughes

As we get closer to planting, many farmers develop, or consider developing, variable seeding rate prescriptions for their fields. Experience levels vary and, as might be expected, accuracy in prescribing the correct seeding rate in a given field location for any given year varies as well. I thought this would be a good time to share some of my experience as well as my findings from a variable rate corn seeding project I conducted this past growing season.

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14

May

2015

Agronomy Update

S. Indiana: Fungicides in Wheat

Author: Steve Gauck

Despite its deceivingly short height, wheat has reproductively matured well over the last few weeks. I have not seen any leaf diseases to be concerned about, but if you are thinking about fungicides, make sure to first determine if you are concerned about leaf diseases or head scab (Fusarium Head Blight.)

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13

May

2015

Agronomy Update

Missouri Field Observations From Early Season Scouting

Author: David Hughes

Planting is well underway in Missouri. It is always exciting to be part of the prospect for an abundant harvest this fall. I’d like to share the following field observations from my early season field scouting.

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16

Apr

2015

Agronomy Update

Introducing Your New Beck's Missouri Agronomist

Author: David Hughes

Hello, I’m David Hughes, your new Beck’s agronomist in Missouri. I wanted to take the time to introduce myself to the Beck’s family of employees, dealers and customers, and especially to Missouri farmers whom I now have opportunity to serve as a Beck’s agronomist. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of a company that shares my passion and love of God, family, our country, and farming.

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