Agronomy Blog

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...

Plains West Crop Progress

Sep 26, 2016 by Matt Teply
Southwest Missouri:   Corn harvest is about 85% to 90% complete.  The biggest hold up now is storage.  Elevators are full up with wheat and corn. Thus limiting the corn take on a day to day basis.  Yields for most of this region have been average to slightly...

Plains East Crop Progress

Sep 26, 2016 by Leonard Luebker
A small amount of harvesting has occurred in the Plains East Region. A lot more will be known in another week or two.  Rain over the weekend put any harvesting to a halt. The little information we have to this point, is from a few plots, and feedback from field harvesting that has occurred. South of Lincoln Nebraska in a dry area, one corn...

Western Iowa and Missouri Crop Progress

Sep 26, 2016 by Greg Peters
Harvest is underway in our area with harvest progression varying in different areas.  Central Missouri has been harvesting corn for a few weeks and combines have just begun to roll in other areas on either corn or soybeans.  Corn maturity and dry down has varied depending on whether or not disease pathogens are present, or when they...

Dead Plants or Dead Areas in your Soybean Field?

Sep 15, 2016 by Leonard Luebker
What does this mean? A dead area in a field.   First of all, a dead area in a soybean field with DEAD LEAVES attached, means the plants died early. This is most likely due to a soybean disease.  Areas die, and are noticeable usually a week or two ahead of the main part of the field. ...

Bacterial Leaf Streak in Corn

Sep 9, 2016 by Matt Teply
Over the past few months I have received many pictures and texts with issues of damage to leaf tissue in corn.  This leaf blight has been readily seen in much of Nebraska, Kansas, and Colorado.   Bacterial Leaf Streak disease is caused by Xanthomonas vasicola  pv. vasculorum.  The disease has now...

Anthracnose Top Die Back of Corn

Sep 2, 2016 by Jesse Grogan
Anthracnose “top die back” is a disease observed in the weeks prior to harvest. It is caused by the fungal pathogen Colletotrichum gramincola. Symptoms are dying and dead leaves at the top the plant with a green leaf section above the ear and dead or dying leaves below the ear. It should not be confused with dying leaves of...

Diplodia Ear Rot

Sep 2, 2016 by Steve Crafton
Diplodia ear rot is caused by the fungus Stenocarpella maydis.  It has been diagnosed in several corn fields in Illinois this year.  This is a tough fungus to manage because weather plays a big factor on infection.  Once it has been diagnosed, handling of the grain needs to be considered especially if the crop will be put...

Bean Leaf Beetles

Aug 26, 2016 by Greg Peters
An increase in population has been observed this season because of the mild winter of 2015 - 2016.  The bean leaf beetle overwinters as an adult and most adults overwinter in areas with high residue such as timbers, pastures or waterways by burying themselves under the plant debris.  We have been fortunate the past few prior production...

Japanese Beetle in Soybean

Aug 26, 2016 by Ryan Dunsbergen
Japanese beetle populations have continued to increase over the past several years.  This year, especially, there has been increased feeding from this pest.  Weather patterns have played a significant role in their expansion.  Mild winters, early planting and adequate soil moisture are conditions that favor the continued success of...

Soybean Aphids

Aug 19, 2016 by Logan Vaughn
Through the first weeks of August in Minnesota and Wisconsin, soybean aphid levels have been low and remained below threshold from my observations.  It has been a warmer summer with very little stress on the crop with most areas having ample soil moisture. There have been several heavy rain events that can help with washing aphids off of...