Agronomy Blog

Indiana and Mid-South Crop Progress

Aug 9, 2016 by Jesse Grogan
July was warmer than normal. The difference maker is the amount of rainfall. August rains will determine yield for both corn and beans where good potential exists. A couple of ½ to 1 inch rains are needed to finish. Corn maturity varies from dented in early planted to milky stages in late plantings of Indiana. Corn is about ½ milk...

Plains West Crop Progress

Aug 8, 2016 by Matt Teply
Southwest Missouri:   Harvest is not that far away.  Some of the mid to late planted March corn is 10 to 14 days away from harvest.  The earlier planted corn caught the brunt of almost all the poor weather and looks to be some of the poorer corn,...

Plains East Crop Progress

Aug 8, 2016 by Leonard Luebker
Corn:  The corn planted early in Southeast Nebraska and Northeast Kansas is denting.  East Central Nebraska will see denting in 5 to 14 days, depending on when it was planted, or replanted.  The corn fields are relatively healthy with some Southern Rust moving into Northeast Kansas, and Southeast Nebraska. ...

Ohio Crop Progress

Aug 8, 2016 by Cody Kerr
The best way to give an update on crop progress in Ohio is pretty well summed up with one word: variability. Depending on where you travel to in the Buckeye state you are going to encounter a number of different situations. Mostly you are going to hear the same too hot, too dry story. However, there are a few...

Southern Illinois and NE Missouri Crop Progress

Aug 8, 2016 by Brian Weihmeir
As we are starting to move towards the final lap of the growing season, the corn and soybean crop in the region is keeping a fast pace towards the finish line. With consistent rainfall and sunny days, we have seen some tremendous progress from both the corn and soybean crops. The corn crop so far is holding up very nicely in the region. One...

Minnesota and Wisconsin Crop Progress

Aug 8, 2016 by Logan Vaughn
Through the first week of August, crop conditions continue to look very good across Minnesota and Wisconsin. Timely rainfall and warm temperatures have been the theme of the growing season for large areas of the region. While there have been some setbacks from storm damage and excessive moisture during parts of the summer, crops look very good at...

Northern Illinois Crop Progress

Aug 8, 2016 by Steve Crafton
Crops in Northern Illinois look very good!  Weekly rains in most regions and a string of 90 degree days in early June have really kept crops moving along.  I would say corn in our southern and western region is probably 10 days ahead of average for the first part of August. It looks like we will experience some very high yields in our...

Western Iowa and Missouri Crop Progress

Aug 8, 2016 by Greg Peters
The corn crop is progressing towards maturity with a range of hybrids bringing their milk-line down in the south, to hybrids that are in the blister to milk stage in the north.   This range is the result of varied planting dates with late March in the south to late May in the north because of a wet spring.  2016 has not been without...

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...