Agronomy Blog

Controlling weeds, Start with Clean Fields

Apr 8, 2016 by Leonard Luebker
  Starting with a clean field is imperative to controlling weeds, and the weed seed bank.Looking back quickly to 2015, in general across the Midwest, mid-season rains caused two issues which can affect 2016, and future year’s weed control: Inability to spray on time.  The inability to spray herbicides on time...

Termination of Cover Crops for Soybeans

Apr 1, 2016 by Greg Peters
Cover crops are becoming more common as producers are looking for ways to minimize environmental impacts from soil loss and nutrient loss during the idle crop periods of late fall to early spring.  Several different species are being utilized with many different annual plants such as turnips, radishes and different species of peas which die...

Spring Alfalfa Considerations

Mar 24, 2016 by Logan Vaughn
Spring is officially here and many growers are getting prepared for spring seeding of alfalfa throughout the Midwest. As snow has melted over the past month and there have been above average temperatures through March, a lot of questions are coming in about the status of existing alfalfa stands and plans for seeding new crop. This technical...

Starting with a Solid Foundation -- Corn Planting Depth

Mar 18, 2016 by Matt Teply
It’s that time of year again and growers are back in the fields performing various tillage practices and applying fertilizer in preparation for the 2016 corn crop.  These are early steps in the building of a solid foundation to the new crop.  But, the most important step in the process of any crop production endeavor comes at the...

Soybean Seed Treatments – Are they necessary?

Mar 14, 2016 by Jesse Grogan
Highest yields in soybeans are often associated with early planting in the last week of April and first two weeks of May. Early plant growth and development with full canopy allows capture of more sun through the summer. Fields planted in early May are most consistent for stand establishment and growth. Soybeans planted in this early time frame...

Corn Flea Beetle – Will there be more this Spring?

Mar 4, 2016 by Cody Kerr
With the warmer than average winter temperatures observed across much of the Corn Belt, I thought it would be fitting to do an update on Corn Flea Beetle and Stewart’s Bacterial Wilt disease. This technical bulletin will take a look at how winter temperatures effect overwintering of the corn flea beetle and how this can then be related to...

2016 Nitrogen Decisions and Tools that can Help

Feb 26, 2016 by Travis Dollarhide
Acreage intentions for corn tend to be bullish at this point so as we progress into the spring planting season it is highly likely that more acres will be planted to corn, especially on the highly productive acre. This means that there are acres with no nitrogen applied because the crop decisions are yet to be made. It is also increasingly more...

Did you see this in 2015? Will you see it in 2016?

Feb 22, 2016 by Mark Seem
Tar Spot was identified in Indiana and Illinois last fall on samples submitted to the respective Plant Diagnostic labs, with confirming diagnosis from the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, which has the national fungal identifier lab in Beltsville, Maryland.  These are the first cases of Tar Spot ever reported in...

El Niño / La Niña

Feb 5, 2016 by Mark Seem
There has been much in the press recently about El Niño and La Niña. These two phenomena are greatly responsible for the weather we see in the corn belt from year to year.  Sometimes we need to take a step back and review what these weather influencers are and how they affect our seasonal cropping patterns. The successive El...

LG Seeds – Your Strategic Business Partner

Jan 28, 2016 by Ryan Dunsbergen
This is an exciting time to be involved in agriculture.  New technologies are hitting the marketplace at a rapid pace.  New seed genetics, new seed traits, and new data management platforms to sift through and manage data that is pertinent to your farms are all available.  There are a lot of areas that you could...

Soil Carbon

Jan 21, 2016 by Matt Teply
Soil carbon is often an element that we in the agricultural community tend to not pay a lot of attention too.  Yet, it’s a very vital element in a lot of things we do within crop production.     We often think within crop production that the major elements of nitrogen, phosphorus,...

Crop Input Decisions in a Year of Low Commodity Prices

Jan 15, 2016 by Leonard Luebker
Low Commodity Prices---Challenges for this spring’s Planting With low commodity prices, how are you approaching this spring’s planting season to make 2016 a profitable year? Are you feeling you need to make a few cutbacks? Do you cut back on fertilizer rates based on soil samples?Do you forgo some of the...

Effects Of Excessive Rainfall on Fall Applied Ammonia

Jan 8, 2016 by Greg Peters
I don’t think anyone would argue the fact that we have been on a roller-coaster for weather since 2009.  2015 was no exception and December brought record rainfall to much of the crop production areas and abnormally warm temperatures to the eastern portion of the US. Fall applications of Ammonia have increase in recent years as farming...

Planter Maintenance

Dec 17, 2015 by Steve Crafton
Maintenance this winter will save time and improve plant stands next spring It seems like every spring there is some type of challenge thrown at us when trying to get our crops in the ground in a timely fashion.  Equipment can greatly influence a good stand of corn.  Time lost due to breakdowns or replanting can...

The Impact of a Wet Spring and Summer on the Corn Crop

Dec 14, 2015 by Jesse Grogan
A cool wet spring followed a wet fall and winter. There were  days in late April and early May suited to field work and planting.  Rain patterns set in, delaying planting into the middle to late May. Then deluges of rain arrived after the first week of June. About a 200-300% increase in rainfall occurred in June, up to 9-12 inches, over...

AgReliant Genetics Committed to Corn Research

Dec 4, 2015 by Kristy Johns
At LG Seeds, we are proud to be a part of an organization that understands the importance of investing in the future of farming.  Please read the Press Release below or download the original PDF here. Purdue Plant Phenotyping Facility Receives Gift WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - An initiative to strengthen Purdue University's leadership in plant...

Nutrient Removal by High Yielding Crops

Dec 4, 2015 by Logan Vaughn
As harvest has wrapped up for the majority of the Corn Belt, significant planning for next year’s crop is underway for many growers.  Seed, fertilizer and herbicide programs will be evaluated and adjusted based on past performance and future needs.  As I look at the 2015 harvest in my immediate region of Minnesota and Wisconsin,...

Creating Field Plans for the 2016 Crop Season

Nov 19, 2015 by Travis Dollarhide
     Every cropping year is different and each one presents its own unique set of opportunities and challenges.  While every farmer is a risk taker (it is an inherent nature of the business) managing that risk begins with a product selection plan.  A plan should take into account both product maturity and genetic...

AgriShield® ST System

Nov 13, 2015 by Matt Quattlander
As growers sit down and order LG Seeds soybeans this fall, they will be hearing about a new and unique seed treatment from LG Seeds and AgReliant Genetics called the AgriShield® Seed Treatment System.  With unsurpassed activity that enables seeds and seedlings to combat early-season insects and diseases, and also improving emergence and...

Tillage: Fall vs. Spring

Nov 7, 2015 by Cody Kerr
The time has come across much of the country where harvest is wrapping up and many farmers are considering, or already doing, fall tillage. This blog will address considerations to take into account before performing a tillage operation, as well as the differences between fall and spring tillage. Considerations for...