Agronomy Blog

Eastern Iowa Crop Progress

Aug 8, 2016 by Ryan Dunsbergen
The corn crop in Eastern Iowa is progressing very nicely.  Most of the corn is in the milk stage with some earlier planted, earlier maturing corn pushing into the dough stage.  These fields should be reaching black layer in about 4 to 5 weeks.  I have seen a couple of fields that had issues with pollination and kernel set. ...

Sudden Death Syndrome - 2016

Aug 5, 2016 by Mark Seem
Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) was detected in soybean fields located in West Central Illinois, North Central Iowa, and Indiana during the past week.  In years past, such early infestations could indicate a more severe situation may occur as the summer progresses. Distinguishing Sudden...

New SOYBEAN Products for 2017 Planting

Aug 3, 2016 by Mark Seem
LG Seeds has announced new soybean products that will be available for sale in 2016-2017 for planting in the spring of 2017. There are 5 new Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® products; 1 new Liberty Link® product and 12 new Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ products. More information can be seen in the 2017 Seed Guide and on the LG Seeds WEB...

Southern Corn Rust in 2016

Jul 28, 2016 by Jesse Grogan
Southern rust was detected south of Henderson, KY last week (Carl Bradley).  It is identified along the lower Mississippi River valley, to Kentucky, west in Kansas and east in Georgia in 2016. Disease occurrence is moving north with storm patterns. Counties with Southern rust are colored red in the following chart. This July...

New Corn Products for 2017 Planting

Jul 27, 2016 by Mark Seem
LG Seeds has announced new corn products that will be available for sale in 2016-2017 for planting in the spring of 2017. More information can be seen in the 2017 Seed Guide and on the LG Seeds WEB site. LG5378 brand, a conventional product? at 87 days maturity, is well adapted to northern regions, showing consistent top end...

Diagnosing Lodged Corn

Jul 21, 2016 by Ryan Dunsbergen
When it comes to growing corn, timely rains can make a world of difference.  The unfortunate part is when storms brew up due to hot, humid afternoons and bring significant wind events as well.  I will sometimes get phone calls after events like this and people are wondering why their corn lodged and what happened.  The remainder of...

Weed Management Considerations Going Forward

Jul 15, 2016 by Brian Weihmeir
As I have been driving around talking to farmers throughout the growing season, one topic seems to always make its way into the conversation, and that is weed management. With most growers finished with post spraying or making their last pass, some still have issues keeping their fields clean season long. “So why is weed pressure a bigger...

Western Bean Cutworm

Jul 8, 2016 by Matt Teply
It’s that time of year again in most of the western geographies of the Corn Belt where we start to see moth flights of this Lepidoptera species ramp up. Western Bean Cutworm (WCB) moths are most generally grayish brown in color. Distinguishing characteristics are found on the wings.  A thick white or cream colored stripe along the...

Green Snap

Jul 3, 2016 by Leonard Luebker
It is that time of year again when corn plants in the field may be prone to green snap.   Due to the rainfall and planting dates, the possibility of green snap may continue now into the first couple of weeks of July. GREEN SNAP CAN BE DAMAGING AND CAN CAUSE YIELD LOSS On June 29th 1998, it was estimated by crop...

Ohio Crop Progress

Jun 27, 2016 by Cody Kerr
The 2016 growing season in Ohio has been a roller coaster up to this point. From favorable planting conditions in mid to late April, being rained out from late April pretty well until the middle to end of May, to becoming too dry up until a much needed rain last week, we have been through it all and it’s not even July yet. After being...

Indiana and Mid-South Crop Progress

Jun 27, 2016 by Jesse Grogan
Weather variation is on everyone’s mind. Temperatures are above normal and rainfall is varied, some are dry and others wet, receiving 2-4 inches of rain last week. It is dry in NW Indiana, West Kentucky and West Tennessee. It appears to be a hot and drier summer ahead with some recent rainfall for most of Indiana and some of the...

Southern Illinois and NE Missouri Crop Progress

Jun 27, 2016 by Brian Weihmeir
The weather pattern has really changed over the past few weeks for much of the region. Early on, growers were challenged with cool temperatures, and saturated soils which resulted in delayed planting dates for many farmers. Now we are seeing hot and dry conditions putting some mid-season stress on the crops in the region. We have been...

Northern Illinois Crop Progress

Jun 27, 2016 by Steve Crafton
Overall the crops look pretty good in northern Illinois.  We were getting pretty dry last week but received some timely rains towards the end of the week.  Some of the storms brought tornadic winds upwards of 70mph.  This laid some of the corn down but it only took a couple of days for it to stand back up.   This will have...

Eastern Iowa Crop Progress

Jun 27, 2016 by Ryan Dunsbergen
The corn crop in Eastern Iowa, as a whole, is looking really good.  The majority of fields have been able to root down and find their nitrogen source and have really greened up over the past few weeks. There are a handful of fields of early planted, early maturity, field corn that have just started to tassel.  Other than that, the only...

Western Iowa and NW Missouri Crop Progress

Jun 27, 2016 by Greg Peters
The weather in Western Iowa and NW Missouri: We have been very warm and for the most part, dry in June.  Spotty showers supplied relief in some areas this past week but amounts were very spotty, from 0 to 1/2 inch.  Some isolated areas received more.  Temps seem to stay in or close to 90 for the past few weeks.  Corn does look...

Plains East Crop Progress

Jun 27, 2016 by Leonard Luebker
The Plains East Region consists of Northeast Kansas, Grand Island, Nebraska and East, and Southeast South Dakota.  A lot of corn acres were planted during the middle of May between rain periods, but the rain periods changed to big downpours in several areas. As I reported in the last writing from the middle of May, heavy rainfall was...

Plains West Crop Progress

Jun 27, 2016 by Matt Teply
Southwest Missouri:   With the weather this spring the stage of the corn crop varies.  Some of the early planted 100 to 105 day corn is tasseling and currently pollinating.  Majority of the crop is in that V10 to V14 stage.  Early planted soybeans are...

Minnesota and Wisconsin Crop Progress

Jun 27, 2016 by Logan Vaughn
As we enter the month of July, crop conditions vary across Minnesota and Wisconsin depending on a variety of conditions at planting and through the early portion of the growing season. Compared to some parts of the Corn Belt that have reported dry conditions, our rainfall across a large part of the region has been average to above average....

Corn Fungicides

Jun 24, 2016 by Steve Crafton
Fungicide application and timing in corn Decisions on whether or not to use a fungicide are quickly approaching. Some of the corn across the Midwest will be getting close to tassel stage over the next few weeks.  Some factors that can influence that decision are: 1) fields of continuous corn, 2) low lying fields along rivers,...

Soybean Foliar Diseases and Fungicide Timing

Jun 17, 2016 by Cody Kerr
Soon enough soybean fields across the region will begin reaching the critical reproductive growth stage. During this stage foliar diseases can begin to impact yield. This technical update will focus on the main soybean foliar diseases and management considerations for each disease Fungicide...