Agronomy Blog

Plains West Crop Progress

Nov 21, 2016 by Matt Teply
Southwest Missouri:  Corn harvest has been wrapped up for quite some time with the majority of the yields in this area being average to slightly below average.  First crop soybeans have been done for a while as well.  Yields in first crop soybeans were very good with...

Western Iowa and Missouri Crop Progress

Nov 21, 2016 by Greg Peters
Harvest should be wrapped up for most of the producers in our area by Thanksgiving. The warm October and November allowed for harvest to progress rapidly and it also allowed for everyone to get other chores done as well.  Many farmers are applying their fall fertilizer and manure as soil temperatures have recently dropped.   ...

Southern Illinois and NE Missouri Crop Progress

Nov 20, 2016 by Brian Weihmeir
Corn harvest for much of the region is beginning to finish up finally for the Southern half of Illinois and NE Missouri. With corn plots in and farmers discussing next year’s options, everyone is very pleased with the results. Most of the yields being reported have been well above average. I wouldn’t say that it was necessarily a...

Minnesota and Wisconsin Crop Progress

Nov 20, 2016 by Logan Vaughn
Harvest is wrapping up for most farmers in Minnesota and Wisconsin as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.  This summer brought record rain fall during the growing season and above normal temperatures - a combination resulting in outstanding yield levels across the region for both corn and soybeans. While we had a number of stresses during...

Eastern Iowa Crop Progress

Nov 20, 2016 by Ryan Dunsbergen
#Harvest16 is nearly in the books for Eastern Iowa.  It has been another interesting year with a unique set of challenges.  While there were some places that got off to a rough start, the overall trend is that is has been a great year.  Farmers are pleasantly surprised.  The pain due to the drop in commodity prices will be...

Plains East Crop Progress

Nov 20, 2016 by Leonard Luebker
The Plains East region is finally finished with harvest this year.  I heard more than one farmer tell me, “I’m ready to get the machinery put in the shed, and put this year behind us.”  We’ve had some good weather the past few weeks, so a lot of field work, and fall fertilizer applications are done.  We had a...

Understanding Statistics when Evaluating Plot Data

Nov 12, 2016 by Cody Kerr
Harvest has wrapped up, or nearing completion, across most of the country and many farmers are starting to make decisions for the next growing season. For many farmers part of the decision making process is evaluating plot data from many different sources and that data can be a bit confusing, especially when statistics are involved. By properly...

Corn Harvesting Losses

Nov 5, 2016 by Brian Weihmeir
During harvest season, as farmers, we watch the yield monitor and study how well we did throughout the growing season. Over the years, we have done a great job fine tuning our operations to maximize productivity and manage inputs. What we might forget, when combines go across the field, is the amount of yield we lose when harvesting and bringing...

Nutrient functions and fertility

Oct 30, 2016 by Leonard Luebker
It’s easy to spot problems after corn or soybeans are up in the spring, but many times it is too late for the application of the appropriate nutrient for that crop.  With the big yields shown throughout the Midwest this past year, it is important to be on top of the nutrients in the soil, for next year.  It is imperative to obtain...

Soil Compaction

Oct 21, 2016 by Logan Vaughn
Many areas have received above average rainfall with some regions reporting record rainfall through the current growing season. This precipitation trend has continued through the fall into harvest causing many delays with completing corn silage, soybeans and grain corn harvest. In my region covering Minnesota and Wisconsin, there has been a...

Choosing the Right Herbicide Technology Program for Soybeans

Oct 13, 2016 by Travis Dollarhide
There are 4 main herbicide/soybean technology options with substantial amounts of seed available to growers for planting next year. Following are my thoughts on the positioning of the technologies, especially as related to performance and weed control. Roundup 2 Yield® By far the bulk of the soybean...

Grain Storage

Oct 7, 2016 by Mark Seem
Harvesting of corn and soybeans is well underway across the country. Grain prices are such that many producers are considering storing grain for sale and delivery later. In addition, livestock producers are storing grain for later use during the winter and spring. Storing grain can lead to a few challenges if it is not prepared and stored...

Fall Herbicide Applications

Sep 30, 2016 by Cody Kerr
The 2016 harvest season is underway across much of the Corn Belt. Getting harvest completed is top of mind, but growers should also be considering fall herbicide applications, since often times a good weed management program starts in the fall. With the increase in weed resistant problems, a spring application is often not enough to control...

Stalk Rots and Prioritizing Corn Fields

Sep 30, 2016 by Brian Weihmeir
With the corn crop drying down and harvest season getting started for much of the Midwest, it is becoming a busy time of the year. During the latter part of summer, the Corn Belt experienced warm humid weather with lots of rain that triggered late season diseases in many areas. To go along with the excess moisture and humidity, cannibalization of...

Eastern Iowa Crop Progress

Sep 26, 2016 by Ryan Dunsbergen
Once again, 2016 was a year different than all the others…and we are not finished yet.  The majority of corn has hit black layer in Eastern Iowa.  In the northern part of the state there are a handful of corn fields that have been harvested while there are some late planted or replanted fields that still need a few heat units to...

Indiana and Mid-South Crop Progress

Sep 26, 2016 by Jesse Grogan
Corn harvest is early this year due to a warmer than normal summer. Corn harvest started near the end of August for the mid-south and included most farms by the 2nd week in September. About 65-70% of the corn crop is harvested with yields at 130-150 to about 200 bushels per acre in Kentucky and Tennessee. Yields are variable due to high heat in...

Southern Illinois and NE Missouri Crop Progress

Sep 26, 2016 by Brian Weihmeir
So far the region is off to a great start for harvest season 2016. With dry weather for the most part since starting, not many road blocks have gone up for farmers to stay out of the field. For some parts of the region, delayed planting dates and wet spring weather delayed the typical harvest start dates for some, but otherwise we are right on...

Northern Illinois Crop Progress

Sep 26, 2016 by Steve Crafton
This will be a big week of harvest for us in Northern Illinois. Farmers in our southern region got a good start last week and those north of I-80 will be rolling this week. The crop has really dried down over the past week.  Corn in our southern region is coming in at 16 to 18% moisture.  Yields in corn have been above average and dryer...

Ohio Crop Progress

Sep 26, 2016 by Cody Kerr
Harvest is just starting across much of Ohio, although rain in the forecast this week might slow the pace. So far, what I am hearing and seeing yield wise, is pretty much what I expected: variability. I had the chance to chat with farmers from across the state last week at the annual Farm Science Review and have heard early corn...

Minnesota and Wisconsin Crop Progress

Sep 26, 2016 by Logan Vaughn
As we approach the last week of September, harvest is just beginning in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Corn silage has been coming off over the past few weeks, while there have only been a few reports of corn grain and soybeans being harvested. Wet conditions have slowed most growers from getting started with more rain in the upcoming forecast. It has...