As we approach the middle of summer, we hope your alfalfa and forage crops are off to a great start. Here are some management tips for the rest of the season. We’ve also included fall seedings information, alfalfa research from Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® program, and details on Beck’s BIO-XTRA™ inoculants.
Categories: CropTalk, 2022
Tags: alfalfa, crop management, forage crops
Early-season corn and soybean pests and diseases are among the many challenges farmers face each year when attempting to achieve high profits in the fall. The good news is that for most of these, there are effective management practices. While we can’t cover every early-season pest and disease in one article, these are some of the most common ones to keep an eye out for as planting continues and crops emerge.
Spring is nearly here, and for many, it’s time to think about our cover crop termination. Some cover crop species may have winterkilled, and others may be harvested or used for grazing; however, many stands will require termination.
Categories: CropTalk, 2021
Tags: CropTalk, cover crop, Cover Crop Termination
Farmers throughout the U.S. have shown renewed interest in implementing practices that improve soil and resource conservation on their farms in recent years. With the many benefits that cover crops provide, farmers are looking for ways to include them in their crop rotation. Successfully managing a cover crop, however, requires careful planning and execution of that plan.
Categories: CropTalk, 2020
Tags: cover crop, crop talk
Corn grain yield, typically measured in bushels per acre, can be broken down into distinct components that each contribute to the weight of harvested grain. While genetics govern some yield components, much of the harvested yield is directly affected by environmental conditions and management practices. Yield components include number of plants per acre, number of ears per plant, the number of kernels per ear, and the weight of each kernel.
Tags: CropTalk, corn, yield components, corn yield, plants per acre, kernel weight, yield estimate