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8

Apr

2016

Agronomy Update

Prepping Your Planter: Settings per Seed Size

Author: Denny Cobb

Have you received unusual or uncommon seed sizes this year? If so, I have included some initial planter setting suggestions based on various planters, seed sizes and weights.  

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17

Aug

2015

Agronomy Update

How to Properly Identify SDS in Your Fields

Author: Denny Cobb

In Christy’s final scouting report for the summer, she discusses the Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) she has been seeing throughout soybean fields in central Indiana. We were pleased to have Christy as our sales intern this summer and hope you have found her scouting reports informative. We wish her the best as she heads back to Purdue University for fall classes. 

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10

Aug

2015

Agronomy Update

Corn Tip Loss, NCLB Persists, and Japanese Beetle Damage

Author: Denny Cobb

This week, central Indiana sales intern Christy Kettler provides an update on crop condition and insect pressure she has been seeing while scouting area fields.  

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27

Jul

2015

Agronomy Update

UAV's, NCLB and Japanese Beetles in Indiana

Author: Denny Cobb

As Indiana corn continues to grow, scouting efforts have become more difficult. With some fields averaging over 8 feet tall, patterns are impossible to see from inside the field, which in turn makes diagnosing a field much more difficult. UAV's have proven to be a useful scouting tool in our research this summer, allowing agronomists to see the field from a broad perspective without getting into an airplane or helicopter.

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20

Jul

2015

Agronomy Update

Soybean Tissue Sampling and Corn Disease Watch

Author: Denny Cobb

With the next round of treatments for soybeans happening soon, tissue samples are critical to ensure the plant is getting what it needs and confirming that we are applying nutrients that will benefit the crop. This week, sales intern Christy Kettler takes us through some best practices when it comes to tissue testing and some updates on the corn diseases she has been seeing throughout central Indiana.

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13

Jul

2015

Agronomy Update

Disease Threatens Corn in Indiana, Brace Roots Face Trouble

Author: Denny Cobb

Following a month of rain, cloudy days, and moderate temperatures, disease continues to be a threat this growing season. With spores set up for perfect growing conditions, pressures from northern corn leaf blight (NCLB) and gray leaf spot (GLS) are leaving farmers with cause for concern. 

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7

Jul

2015

Agronomy Update

Diseases Making an Appearance in Indiana

Author: Denny Cobb

After a very wet start to the growing season, diseases are beginning to show in corn fields throughout the state. Check out Christy's notes below on what you can expect to find in the coming weeks.

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Jul

2015

Agronomy Update

European Corn Borer Feeding Begins

Author: Denny Cobb

The long awaited European Corn Borers have started hatching and feeding on corn plants. See Christy's scouting notes below for more information on what we are seeing with the Corn Borers throughout central Indiana and what to expect in the coming weeks.

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15

Jun

2015

Agronomy Update

Field Conditions and Insect Report

Author: Denny Cobb

The extensive rain we have experienced throughout central Indiana has had significant impact on our crops. Below you will find sales intern Christy Kettler's scouting report for the week of June 8 which touches on what we are seeing in our fields as a result of the wet conditions, as well as the trap findings and what you can expect in the coming weeks.

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8

Jun

2015

Agronomy Update

Micronutrient Uptake Struggles for Indiana Corn and Rapid Growth Syndrome

Author: Denny Cobb

This summer Christy Kettler, a junior at Purdue University majoring in Agronomy, will be interning here at Beck’s. Working with myself and our area sales team, Christy will be completing intensive crop scouting on 8,500 acres in central Indiana. In addition to scouting diseases, she will also be using pheromone traps to monitor insect moth activity within this area during the entire summer. With this information we hope to provide you with details of how many insects are in the area, when we can expect these moths to lay eggs, and the insect larvae to hatch.  

As Christy continues to monitor moth captures, diseases and insects throughout the summer, we will send out detailed reports to keep you aware of these findings on both corn and soybeans. If you have any questions about these findings or would like more information, please reach out to myself or your seed advisor for more information.

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27

Apr

2015

Agronomy Update

Corn and Soybean Plantability Tips

Author: Denny Cobb

Smaller sized seed corn will be the norm for 2015. As you know, this is a result of an excellent growing season which had very few stressors during the pollination and grain fill periods. Overall, smaller size seed corn poses fewer planting challenges than heavier, larger sized seed. Here are a few pointers for planting small size corn seed.

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20

Apr

2015

Agronomy Update

Spring Ammonia Applications and Corn Planting Concerns

Author: Denny Cobb

Last fall was not very conducive for applying ammonia (NH3), which brings us to our current situation concerning spring applications. Couple that with wet soils, cooler daytime temperatures this week, and the need to begin corn planting, there are areas of concern! Here are my recommendations regarding spring applications of NH3.

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13

Mar

2015

Agronomy Update

N. Indiana and Michigan: Managing Pollen Drift in Non-GMO Corn

Author: Denny Cobb

Premiums for Identity Preserved (IP), non-GMO corn are significant. However, these premiums can easily be reduced or lost when purity standards are not met. GMO pollen drift/contamination is the major contributor to non-GMO premium loss. Let’s review some “pollen” facts...

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May

2014

Agronomy Update

N. Indiana and Michigan: Herbicide Mode of Action Key for Injury Symptoms

Author: Denny Cobb

Below you will find links to the University of Wisconsin's Herbicide Mode of Action Key for Injury Symptoms. This key is designed to help you determine which herbicides may be responsible for suspected herbicide injury.

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19

May

2014

Agronomy Update

N. Indiana and Michigan: Corn and Soybean Stand Establishment and Scouting Corn Insects

Author: Denny Cobb

Corn Stand Establishment
This past week drenched our region with 4 to 6 inches of rain, followed by cool if not cold temperatures. Corn that has germinated and/or emerged (young plants) should be okay.

Soybean Stand Establishment

Some of the same corn comments hold true for soybeans. About 30% of our area got their soybeans planted last week. Very few fields have emerged.

Stand Evaluations
By all means, when conditions and fields become fit and suitable for planting, plant the “unplanted” acres first! This will give any “challenged", earlier planted fields time to hopefully recover so a proper assessment can be made.

Corn Insects
--- Black Cutworm, Slugs, and Armyworm
--- Purple Corn

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