Agronomy Blog

Southern Illinois and NE Missouri Crop Progress

Apr 30, 2018 by Brian Weihmeir
We are now at the end of one of the coldest April months we have witnessed in quite some time. The cold weather and occasional snow showers across the region have kept guys out of the fields and starting later than normal. Now that we have some heat and sunshine across the region, we are seeing a mad dash to get crops in the ground. At the start...

Eastern Iowa Crop Progress

Apr 30, 2018 by User Not Found
ALFALFA Alfalfa fields in Eastern Iowa did not have a great winter.  Based on the winter we had, I was curious to see how well they would break dormancy this spring.  The inconsistent snow cover with periods of extreme cold alternating with temperatures bumping above...

Plains West Crop Progress

Apr 30, 2018 by Matt Teply
Southwest Missouri:   Wet and cold weather really delayed planting efforts in this part of the geography.  Most growers prefer to be planting in late March to early April.  This year growers were into middle and late April before field conditions were fit to...

Western Region - California

Apr 30, 2018 by User Not Found
Alfalfa-  We are currently at the end of 1st cutting and yields are very good for those who got a weevil spray on early and test is also at a premium.  Demand remains high driving the price higher everyday.  This is good news for California farmers because all other commodity prices are depressed and at a low profit, if not loss...

Indiana and Mid-South Crop Progress

Apr 30, 2018 by Dan Mitchell
For the LG Central Region, this first report of Crop Progress Report of 2018 could probably have been summed up in a 140-character message on Twitter. Conditions for the past month from the northern parts of Indiana all the way to the Kentucky-Tennessee border have been much the same….cool, wet soils! While a fair amount of corn has been...

Northern Illinois Crop Progress

Apr 30, 2018 by Steve Crafton
Winter has extended for us in Northern Illinois basically through most of April.  Cool nights and soil temperatures have led to delayed planting.  During the past week farmers have experienced the first days of tillage and planting. I was concerned that farmers might bypass plots to keep planters rolling.  My sales team has done a...

Ohio Crop Progress

Apr 30, 2018 by Corey Prosser
Crop Progress Report This spring has been very challenging for farmers in the Buckeye state. We have had below normal temperatures, excessive rainfall, and even snow has delayed planting. The last week allowed many growers to begin spring fertilizer applications, burndown, and tillage for the first time this year. The weather over the next few...

Western Iowa and Northwest Missouri Crop Progress

Apr 30, 2018 by Greg Peters
Winter kept its grip on the western part of Iowa and northwest Missouri just like it did across the rest of the nation during the month of April.  We had record cold and some very impressive snow accumulations during this time period.  People in northern Iowa were still ice fishing on Spirit Lake in northern Iowa the weekend before last...

Growing Degree Units (GDU’s)

Apr 21, 2018 by Matt Teply
Growing Degree Units (GDU’S), or in some cases, Growing Degree Days (GDD’s), are a way of charting the progression of a growing season using calculations based off daily air temperatures.  The terms are mostly used in reference with corn production. Corn hybrid maturities, day length requirements,...

Chill Imbibition of Soybeans

Apr 16, 2018 by Greg Peters
Many recent publications have been promoting planting soybeans earlier to achieve the highest potential yield of soybeans by maximizing the vegetative growth.  Producers have accomplished this with purchasing dedicated planters to plant soybeans at the same time as corn or by planting soybeans prior to corn.  Some believe that soybeans...

Avoid Chilling Injury in Corn This Spring

Apr 5, 2018 by User Not Found
Brrrr…It is cold outside for this time of year.  When I look at the weather forecast for the next ten days I wonder if it the first of week of April or the first week of November.  There have been a couple of days that have felt like spring, but those have been few and far between.  I already have had questions from producers...

Alfalfa -- Spring Assessment

Mar 30, 2018 by Leonard Luebker
Depending where you are in the Midwest, you may have had a lot of snow, very limited snow, or even ice storms.  If you have alfalfa, you’ll want to check it out for possible winter damage.  There are a lot of factors that may contribute to loss of stand causing less production. No matter where you live, you may want to think if you...

Importance of Residual Products and Modes of Action in Soybeans

Mar 26, 2018 by Corey Prosser
As we near the pre-plant and pre-emerge application time of year there are many things to keep in mind. There are many different pre- programs across the county that farmers are using with mixed results. The most important part of any successful chemical program starts up front. If you start with clean fields it is much easier to control weeds in...

Establishing Uniform Corn Emergence with Seeding Depth

Mar 16, 2018 by Steve Crafton
Seed depth is a big factor that can help establish a good even stand when planting a corn crop.  Moisture and temperature are also factors which we cannot control.  We can make some adjustments with equipment and hybrid selection to help establish a good stand of corn.  At the beginning of the season when trying to get the planter...

From Splitting the Planter to Multi-Hybrid Planting

Mar 9, 2018 by Dan Mitchell
For many years farmers have been “splitting” their planters by putting one hybrid in part of the planter and another in the rest. Generally, this was done as a 50/50 split. This strategy here was to increase the overall yield of a given field as opposed to using only a single hybrid across the whole field. In this short discussion we...

Variable Rate Seeding

Mar 5, 2018 by Brian Weihmeir
Across the Corn Belt, we do a great job producing a successful corn and soybean crop. However, when we study yield data in the fall, we find areas in the field that are less productive than others. Over the past few years, farmers have studied this variability and have considered variable rate seeding (VR) as a solution to solve this problem. This...

Corn Rootworm Mangement or Not?

Feb 23, 2018 by Travis Dollarhide
One of the toughest decisions for farmers in the traditional high corn root worm pressure geography is the choices to be made for controlling corn rootworms. Two main factors are coming to play in this decision, first low market prices for corn and secondly several years of lower rootworm pressure, especially in the eastern Corn Belt. Economic...

Soybeans – Is there Sulfur in Your Future

Feb 15, 2018 by Mark Seem
Sulfur has long been considered an important consideration for fertilizing a corn crop. In most years 10 pounds per acre of sulfur can show a yield response in corn. And indeed, many researchers are suggesting 20 pounds gives the best response. For soybeans, several studies have historically suggested that a response to sulfur in soybeans is...

High Yielding Soybeans - Best Management Practices

Feb 10, 2018 by Brian Weihmeir
Over the past few years there has been a lot of interest among growers in achieving higher yields in soybeans. A lot of this is driven by commodity prices and the higher demand for oil seeds as opposed to corn. When it comes to corn production, as an industry, we have come a long way, and are good corn producers. When looking at soybeans, we have...

7 Tips to Optimize Corn Yield

Feb 1, 2018 by Steve Crafton
These are some basic tips to refresh our memories and hopefully a couple that will help produce higher corn yields.   These tips are not in any specific order just remember nitrogen is the number one factor we can influence to increase bushels significantly in corn. Hybrid Selection – Correct hybrid placement,...