Agronomy Blog

Effect of Volunteer Corn in Continuous Corn Rotations

Jun 17, 2018 by Greg Peters
Several farmers made the decision to plant continuous corn (COC) in 2018 because early spring price rallies increased optimism that corn had more profit potential than soybeans.  Many of these fields had several ears on the ground from late fall ear droppage due to mid-season stress and poor shank attachments in the fall of 2017. ...

Fungicide Applications Corn - Factors to Consider

Jun 8, 2018 by Dan Mitchell
The used of fungicides to protect corn from disease pathogens has gained wide acceptance in the last several years. This is due to a combination of factors like improved fungicide options, heavy disease pressure and a fairly reliable response of today’s hybrids to the treatments. The one “wild card” in all of this however is the...

Stress and the Growing Corn Plant

Jun 2, 2018 by Leonard Luebker
Stress can occur is various forms during the growing season for a corn crop.  This write-up will highlight a few but is not all inclusive to what a corn crop may endure during the growing season. First, it is important to look at the stages of kernel, and overall ear development.  This whole time is critical in overall...

Roundup Ready® 2 Xtend® Cropping System in Soybeans

May 24, 2018 by Matt Teply
It’s getting to be that time of year when there will start to be a lot of post emerge acres getting sprayed.  I thought this would be an excellent time to quickly go over some of the things that are key in safely applying herbicides in the Roundup Ready® 2 Xtend® cropping system. Acres of Roundup Ready® 2 Xtend® soybeans...

Residue Management at Planting

May 17, 2018 by Brian Weihmeir
With planting near completion for much of the Cornbelt, it is an exciting time to see crops emerge and off to a great start! As farmers, we love to drive by our fields and row our crops and see even emerging stands. Over the years there have been a lot of different management practices regarding residue management. Rather than the typical...

Indiana and Mid-South Crop Progress

May 15, 2018 by Dan Mitchell
Corn Planting
Only a few short weeks ago we had major concerns as to when we would get this crop in the ground. It is truly amazing at what today's farmers’ can accomplish in a short period of time. The statewide corn planting averages for the Central Region are pretty much on par...

Northern Illinois Crop Progress

May 15, 2018 by Steve Crafton
We went from winter to summer here in Northern Illinois.  The past 3 weeks have been non-stop.  Usually we get going in our southern counties and work our way north but not this year.  Seems like everyone from just south of Peoria to the Wisconsin border got stated at the same time.  Crops are emerging and so far off to a great...

Western Iowa and Northwest Missouri Crop Progress

May 15, 2018 by Greg Peters
Recent rains were a welcomed event in some areas while other areas hoped that it would hold off for a while.  This is because the areas to the south have been classified as abnormally dry to a moderate drought while the areas to the north have been excessively wet all spring.  Planting is winding down in the dry areas and a few more...

Wisconsin Crop Progress

May 15, 2018 by Alan Bass
Spring showed up a little later this year for the state of Wisconsin. Planting has progressed since the first of the month. Some areas have seen progress but USDA shows corn about 16% less then the average and 13% less than last year. Soybean planting only shows 4% less than average. Emergence on both crops are really close to average with 8% on...

Plains East Crop Progress

May 15, 2018 by Leonard Luebker
Since the last writing on 4-30, we have great progress!!  Yes, there have been rain showers in some areas, but overall the corn planting has gone extremely well!  Some people went a little slower into the bean planting. They were getting their corn herbicides and nitrogen applied.  With the quick change in air temperatures, and the...

Southern Illinois and NE Missouri Crop Progress

May 15, 2018 by Brian Weihmeir
Field work for the region has progressed very quickly over the past few weeks and growers in the area have made some big strides. Talking to growers across the region, planting season went very smooth. Once the window of opportunity opened, there was very little keeping guys from going. For most of central Illinois planting season is pretty much...

Minnesota Crop Progress

May 15, 2018 by Karson Herfurth
Southern Minnesota continues to battle the rainy and wet conditions as planting conditions have varied dramatically over the past week. Mother nature allowed for a day or 2 of good planting conditions early last week, but rain events mid to late week have halted progress in most of southern Minnesota.  An estimated 20% of the corn is planted...

Eastern Iowa Crop Progress

May 15, 2018 by Bryant Luers
After spring finally started to surface in late April we saw a good portion of corn and soybean crops get planted in a very short period of time in most of Eastern Iowa. According the crop planting report released by the USDA on May 14th Iowa is 65% planted on corn with 26% of that emerged. Soybeans are 33% planted and 5% emerged.  As we look...

Ohio Crop Progress

May 15, 2018 by Corey Prosser
A wet April has made for a very busy May for many growers. Just 3 weeks ago I reported that planting had basically not even started, but that is a much different story for most now. Some areas of the state have been very lucky while other areas have still struggled to get started. Many areas have had ideal planting conditions while others have...

Plains West Crop Progress

May 15, 2018 by Matt Teply
Southwest Missouri:   Corn is 100% planted.  Early planted corn is in the V3 to V4 stage.  Currently the crop is off to a very good start.  Growers are all now focused on first crop soybean acres.  Wetter weather has again delayed the planting in some...

Seeding Large-Seeded Soybeans

May 7, 2018 by User Not Found
We have been wrestling with an industry-wide issue in soybean seed this year. Quite a bit of seed has been very large with a couple of varieties checking in at nearly 2000 seeds per pound.  Another issue we have faced, is low germination percentages. While the majority of our soybean seed is meeting the industry standard of 90% germination,...

Do Not Neglect Burndowns in Delayed Planting

May 3, 2018 by Mark Seem
Wetter and cooler than normal weather has delayed planting of corn and soybeans in some regions. While some may feel that the rush to plant may be the most important issue of the day in these situations, neglecting weed control should not be an option. Although the cool and wet weather may have delayed planting, weeds have continued to grow at...

Farm Safety and Common Sense

Apr 30, 2018 by Travis Dollarhide
Planting is in full swing now after a somewhat cold spring delay. Plans that have been in place since last fall are becoming reality, whether it is planting more of that great hybrid from last year or using a new piece of equipment to get the job done better. It is good to get started on the new crop year. I see farm families eating meals in the...

Minnesota and Wisconsin Crop Progress

Apr 30, 2018 by Alan Bass
Progress is being made in southern Wisconsin especially southwest. Dry soils and favorable soil temps there have allowed good progress to be made on corn planting over the last week. Some growers are reporting corn planting complete. Mid part of the state has started as well. Record high snowfall in April to the north has hampered progress for...

Plains East Crop Progress

Apr 30, 2018 by Leonard Luebker
In the Plains East Region, planters just started to go the last few days. (The end of the week of April 28th) The soil temperatures at the beginning of April were in the 30’s, some were in the 40’s, if you were lucky.  In many areas, the soil temperatures this past week got into the 40’s.  With the warmer daytime...