Agronomy Blog

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...

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...