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Jun

2017

Agronomy Update

Yellowing Corn: Potential Causes and Fixes

Author: Steve Gauck
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May

2017

Agronomy Update

Soybean Herbicide Stunting

Author: Steve Gauck

Late last week I evaluated a soybean field that was suffering from slight stunting that was caused by a herbicide application.

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28

Apr

2017

Agronomy Update

Preventing Fusarium Head Scab in Your Wheat

Author: Steve Gauck

Scouting your wheat now is critical to preventing Fusarium head scab in your fields. Get to know and understand the wheat growth stages and timing and be prepared to apply fungicide when necessary.

 

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5

Apr

2017

Agronomy Update

Early Planting in 2017

Author: Steve Gauck

Over the past few weeks, many farmers have called me jokily asking, “is it too early to plant?”

My answers always seem to be long, with a lot of details and factors, as I try to help them determine if it is or isn’t too early. With that said, let’s look at our ideal planting dates and things you need to consider before planting.

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8

Feb

2017

Agronomy Update

2017 Wheat Outlook

Author: Steve Gauck

We have been experiencing warmer than usual temperatures this winter in Southern Indiana. In terms of wheat, this warm weather has not concerned me as it is what happens in early spring that affects yield the most. The two factors that have the biggest impact on our quest to achieving high-yielding wheat are scouting and nitrogen (N) management. As you begin to evaluate your wheat stand, one of the most important things to remember is to perform stand checks. This can be done with a 1 x 1 ft. square, as shown below. Be sure to take counts at multiple locations that represent different landscape positions in your fields.

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Jun

2016

Agronomy Update

Wheat Harvest + Double Crop Soybeans

Author: Steve Gauck

With wheat harvest officially underway across southern Indiana, I wanted to offer you a few tips about harvest and planting double crop soybeans.

When preparing to harvest wheat, the ideal moisture is between 14 to 20 percent. Below 14 percent moisture we start to see yield loss and we could also run the risk of a rain lowering test weight and quality. Air drying wheat will give you the best quality. For long-term storage, make sure to dry your wheat to 12.5 percent moisture.

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2

May

2016

Agronomy Update

Fungicide in Wheat

Author: Steve Gauck

Despite its deceivingly short height, wheat has reproductively matured well over the last few weeks. I have seen a few leaf diseases this year (mostly minor infections) 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.) When it comes to leaf diseases, we should be most concerned with keeping the flag leaf (last leaf out before the head) as clean as possible. About 50 percent of a wheat plant's yield comes from energy made by the flag leaf.

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Feb

2016

Agronomy Update

Evaluating Your Wheat Stands

Author: Steve Gauck

Many farmers have been asking about wheat and nitrogen (N) management. As you begin to evaluate your wheat stand, one of the most important things to remember is to perform stand checks. This can be done with a 1 x 1 ft. square, as shown below. Be sure to take counts at multiple locations that represent different landscape positions in your fields.

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Feb

2015

Agronomy Update

Applying Nitrogen to Wheat Can Be A Tough Decision This Time Of Year

Author: Steve Gauck

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.


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Oct

2014

Agronomy Update

How Fast Will Corn Drydown In The Field?

Author: Steve Gauck

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.

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4

Sep

2014

Agronomy Update

S. Indiana and E. Indiana: Possibility of Ear Rot - What To Watch For!

Author: Steve Gauck

As harvest starts to approach and we are working to get combines and grain bins ready, don’t forget to keep an eye on your corn fields. Many of us are hoping for a great crop, but as this year continues to look more like the crop of 2009, there are a few things we need to watch.

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Jul

2014

Agronomy Update

S. Indiana: Wheat Harvest and Planting Double Crop Soybeans

Author: Steve Gauck

As wheat harvest has begun across southern Indiana, I wanted to leave you with a few tips about harvest and planting double crop soybeans.

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