Agronomy Blog

Flooding and Ponding Damage in Corn and Soybeans

Jun 16, 2016 by Cody Kerr
Excess rainfall across areas of the Northern Corn Belt, and a few other isolated areas, has caused flooding and ponding in many corn and soybean fields. This technical bulletin provides information on some of the key things to be considered by growers as they are evaluating their fields.  Corn: Corn survival after flooding...

Early Post Applications with Residual Herbicides in Soybeans

Jun 9, 2016 by Jesse Grogan
Herbicide resistant pigweeds like Palmer amaranth are spreading and require additional control measures. New weed flushes occur all season long when early applied herbicides play out. Residual herbicide control is needed to full canopy development and to suppress mid-season weed development.  A ‘piggyback’ application of residual...

Effect of Volunteer Corn in Continuous Corn Rotations

Jun 3, 2016 by Greg Peters
Several producers made the decision to plant continuous corn in 2016 because late winter and early spring prices showed that corn had more profit potential.  Many of these fields had several ears on the ground from late fall stalk issues and dropped ears in the fall of 2015.  Another contributing factor was that extremely dry grain at...

Impact of Recent Frost on Crops

May 26, 2016 by Logan Vaughn
Widespread frost impacted crop growth through parts of the Corn Belt during the weekend of May 14-15th. Reported temperatures through portions of my region in Minnesota and Wisconsin were mid to upper 20's with common reports of 28-30 degrees while some areas had lighter frost with temperatures in the lower 30's. By the time you read this article,...

Planting Delays and/or Replant Situations

May 20, 2016 by Mark Seem
Each year when late May arrives, situations arise that cause producers to consider the time of year and planting crops later than they intended. The causes may be planting delays caused by weather: excessive rainfall, wet soils, cold temperatures, etc.; or decisions need to be made after some unexpected event like a frost/freeze, hail damage, or...

Southern Illinois and NE Missouri Crop Progress

May 16, 2016 by Brian Weihmeir
Most of the corn crop for the central and western part of Illinois and Northeast Missouri is in the ground and coming up nicely. Due to the cool and wet conditions, the southeastern quarter of Illinois has experienced some planting delays. Most corn planted during the second and third week of April is approaching the V3 to V4 stage with later...

Ohio Crop Progress

May 16, 2016 by Cody Kerr
Cold and wet can pretty much sum up the conditions across the state of Ohio, very similar to the conditions on the last update I gave on April 21. As we enter into the middle of May, there is still much to be completed in terms of planting. We had a nice window of opportunity around the 20th of April that allowed us some good days of planting,...

Indiana and Mid-South Crop Progress

May 16, 2016 by Jesse Grogan
Corn planted in April is looking very good, especially with planting delays in May. Cool and wet weather settled into the region in the last days of April and lingered for weeks. Most of central and northern Indiana is behind in growing degree days (GDD). Frequent rains are reported along the Ohio River Valley and in northern Indiana causing...

Eastern Iowa Crop Progress

May 16, 2016 by Ryan Dunsbergen
A lot has continued to happen in Eastern Iowa since our April update.  Up until last week, the precipitation we received was spotty and in just enough amounts to keep farmers out of the field for a day or two, but nothing longer.  We have continued to progress steadily in getting the 2016 crop in the ground. According to the USDA...

Plains West Crop Progress

May 16, 2016 by Matt Teply
Southwest Missouri:   Corn is all but 100% planted with just a few replant acres being finished up.  Putting the soybean crop in is now the main focus.   Around 50% of the soybean crop is now in the ground.  Wetter weather lately has halted some...

Plains East Crop Progress

May 16, 2016 by Leonard Luebker
The Plains East Region consists of Northeast Kansas; Grand Island. Nebraska and East; and. Southeast South Dakota.  A lot of rain and cool temperatures the past 3 weeks have made the planting progress sporatic in the region.  Many acres can be covered quickly, so Friday the 13th through today the 16th a considerable...

Western Iowa and NW Missouri Crop Progress

May 16, 2016 by Greg Peters
The 2016 season started quickly across much of the western portion of Iowa and northwest Missouri with above normal temperatures and below normal rain.  The exception to this was an area that angled from Omaha into north central Iowa that had challenges from cool and excessively wet soils.  In this portion of the state, the corn planting...

Northern Illinois Crop Progress

May 16, 2016 by Steve Crafton
Corn planting in Northern Illinois is anywhere from 90 to 100% done south of I-80.  North of I-80 we are looking at about 80% of our corn in the ground.  Rains lately have slowed planting progress.  Most farmers should be able to get those planters rolling by mid-week. Soybean planting in Northern Illinois is moving along as well...

Minnesota and Wisconsin Crop Progress

May 16, 2016 by Logan Vaughn
Planting progress has steadily improved across Minnesota and Wisconsin since the April crop update. Rain and cool temperatures slowed some areas, but both states remain in good position for high yield potential. Planting dates continue above the 5-year average for planting progress. At the time of this report, corn planting is estimated at 93%...

Time to Watch for Cutworm Activity

May 12, 2016 by Travis Dollarhide
Walking fields this week, and talking to growers last week, I am starting to see and hear about cutworm damage in corn. While some above ground traits and seed treatments do provide adequate protection against small cutworms, they are certainly not ironclad protection for larger cutworms. The issue is that a large cutworm can damage a plant before...

Advantage Acre – Update May 2016

May 5, 2016 by Brian Weihmeir
     So far everything has been going very well for Advantage Acreâ during the BETA launch. With the new updates and features, we have had a great response from customers and dealers throughout the company.      A lot of interest has been seen in variable rate seeding recommendations during the 2016...

Armyworm: What’s the risk this season?

Apr 29, 2016 by Cody Kerr
Recent rain events coming out of the South make it a good time to give an update on armyworm. We are currently in the prime time of the moth flight and moving quickly into the egg-laying life cycle of this pest. In this bulletin I will give more details about armyworms and what to be on the lookout for when you are scouting fields this...

Establishing a Good Seed Depth for Even Emergence

Apr 22, 2016 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 factors which we cannot control.  However we can make some adjustments and decisions to establish a good stand of corn.  This year we are getting off to a very early start with the...

Plains West Crop Progress

Apr 21, 2016 by Matt Teply
Southwest Missouri:   Planters have been rolling since the 20th of March and planting progress has moved along well.  90% to 95% of the corn acres are planted.  There have been some issues with stand establishment.  Some has been weather related and some...

Indiana and Mid-South Crop Progress

Apr 21, 2016 by Jesse Grogan
Planting conditions this spring are the best for Indiana in recent years. A dry fall was good for fertilizer applications, completion of tillage and preparation fields for the following season. A warm and dry March increased the time for field work such as ammonia application and burn down weed control. The ground was prepared and waiting –...