Agronomy Blog

Indiana and Mid-South Crop Progress

Oct 22, 2015 by Jesse Grogan
Warm and dry weather is allowing continuous and efficient harvest this year. Corn and soybeans are finishing and drying down quickly. Yields are quite variable from the early cool and wet conditions with extensive ponding. then followed by hot and dry weather at season’s end. Field drainage patterns are obvious. Yields are varying as much as...

Southern Illinois and NE Missouri Crop Progress

Oct 22, 2015 by Matt Quattlander
Writing updates throughout the growing season has had one reoccurring theme across the region, variable conditions!  With harvest close to wrapped up throughout both states the results concur what most anticipated from the wet summer that took place, yield levels were tied to topography, drainage, and rainfall level.  The rainfall...

Northern Illinois Crop Progress

Oct 22, 2015 by Steve Crafton
Harvest is moving right along in Northern Illinois.  The corn and soybean crop really dried down quickly this fall.  With little rain across the region the combines have kept rolling through the beans then into corn.  The central west region is about 95% harvested and busy with field work.  The eastern part of our region is...

Minnesota and Wisconsin Crop Progress

Oct 22, 2015 by Logan Vaughn
Harvest progress is moving along very well through Minnesota and Wisconsin as we enter the end of October. A beautiful fall with warm temperatures and ideal field conditions has allowed corn to dry well in the field and for growers to make fast progress through harvest and fall tillage. Yield levels for both soybeans and corn have been generally...

Plains East Crop Progress

Oct 22, 2015 by Leonard Luebker
How did the season finish? The big story in the Plains East region is how the season finished out for the corn crop.  We saw enough moisture and heat units on the corn to reach black layer with what appeared to be a cooler summer.  This raised the question in many people’s...

Plains West Crop Progress

Oct 22, 2015 by Matt Teply
As we get closer to the end of October in the Plains West Region the corn harvest is either coming to an end or just getting started depending on where you’re located.  Eastern Kansas and Southwest Missouri are completing corn harvest and starting to move into more of the soybean harvest.  Further west, harvest is moving along as...

Western Iowa and Northern Missouri Crop Progress

Oct 22, 2015 by Greg Peters
Harvest is progressing well in western Iowa and northern Missouri. A warmer than normal October allowed corn to dry to levels that have resulted in a very rapid harvest pace. Yields have been very good in areas that had adequate drainage, or if heavy rains didn’t affect the area early in the season.  We also had some areas that were...

Southern Rust and Northern Corn Leaf Blight Severe in 2015

Oct 16, 2015 by Jesse Grogan
Foliar corn diseases were prevalent in 2015 due to the wetter than normal spring with increased temperatures in the months of July and August. Southern rust had an early start. It was detected in many states in the Deep South, to the western plains and to the east coast. Northern corn leaf blight was another...

Diaporthe – A soybean disease complex

Oct 9, 2015 by Greg Peters
The past few years have been interesting times to be involved with agriculture and it seems that we learn something new each year. Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) has been on the increase since I saw my first infected field in 1994.  Now, anytime we see a field with top die-back that has interveinal chlorosis and green veins, it is assumed to be...

Trait Decisions for 2016

Oct 1, 2015 by Steve Crafton
A winning combination seems to consist of a great offense and a good defense.  When making decisions this fall on hybrids for next year you need to pick the best high yielding product for your operation.  In turn you need to combine that hybrid with good defensive traits that can help fend off insect pressure and protect your yield. A...

Evaluating Hybrids From Test Plot Data

Sep 26, 2015 by Leonard Luebker
In evaluating hybrids to plant next year, it is extremely important to evaluate a “Test Plot” this year for its overall measurability of a given hybrid.  What do we mean by this?   As both Agronomists and farmers alike use test plot data on making hybrid selections to plant for next year, one should look at the quality...

Selecting Alfalfa Varieties

Sep 17, 2015 by Logan Vaughn
Alfalfa cutting has been completed for the majority of growers for the 2015 season. Over the next several months many producers will evaluate how current varieties performed to help aid in making product selections for next year and beyond. This technical bulletin will summarize key factors in selecting forage products for your operation and the...

Selecting Corn Silage Hybrids

Sep 17, 2015 by Logan Vaughn
Corn silage harvest is being completed in the next few weeks by the majority of growers for the 2015 season. During the following months many producers will evaluate how current hybrids performed to help aid in making product selections for next year and beyond. This technical bulletin will summarize key factors in selecting forage products for...

Stalk / Root Rots and Ear Rots of Corn

Sep 12, 2015 by Mark Seem
Harvest is upon us, producers are getting in the fields with combines, starting to see what the year's growing season has produced for them. Of prime importance, remember the effects that this growing season can have on stalk/root rots and ear rots. Timely harvest of certain fields can reduce harvest losses and operator...

Eastern Iowa Crop Progress

Sep 5, 2015 by Ryan Dunsbergen
CORN Corn growth stage varies from R4-R5 with a few hybrids reaching black layer through the last week of August. Temperatures have remained moderate with the exception of the high heat and humidity this week, which seems to coincide with the Farm Progress Show every year.  There are areas just east of I-35 that look...

Indiana and Mid-South Crop Progress

Sep 4, 2015 by Jesse Grogan
Hot and dry weather made its appearance in late August. It is actually too dry except for fields that caught isolated showers in the last few days. Corn condition has not changed much over the summer due to extreme wet conditions and nitrogen fertilizer loss in early summer for Indiana. Diseases did not develop until late in the season. Northern...

Ohio Crop Progress

Sep 4, 2015 by Cody Kerr
We are down to the final stretch of the 2015 growing season. I am seeing many places where early planted soybeans are turning, and even a few places where growers have started harvesting soybeans. The corn crop is starting to dry down and dropping ears in some areas. CORN:     There has been a lot of disease...

Southern Illinois and NE Missouri Crop Progress

Sep 4, 2015 by Matt Quattlander
Spending the past three days (Sept 1-3) in Decatur, IL at the 2015 Farm Progress Show, brought a lot of farmers through the LG Seeds tent talking about their crop conditions and expected yield levels.  I think the summary of conversations would be that this crop varies extremely, no surprise.  Small amounts of corn have been harvested...

Plains West Crop Progress

Sep 4, 2015 by Matt Teply
Corn harvest has started on a few acres here and there across the region.  Southwest Missouri the corn is running in the 15% to 20% moisture range and if the weather holds things should really start rolling here in the next few days.  There is some wet corn (22% to 30% moisture) dry land and irrigated corn coming out in south central...

Western Iowa and Missouri Crop Progress

Sep 3, 2015 by Greg Peters
We are down to the time of year when producers getting ready to begin to harvest crops.  We have been on a roller coaster for weather all growing season.  Portions of our area have experienced weather extremes from excessive rainfall, hot to abnormally cool, and even dry to adequate rains.  This has created variability across our...