Agronomy Blog

Ohio Crop Progress

Apr 21, 2016 by Cody Kerr
After a cold, soggy start to the month of April planting is starting to begin in many parts of the Buckeye State. This quick turn around in weather is due to a 9 day precipitation free streak with warmer temperatures. Soil temperatures have warmed up to  mid 50’s in many places that I have tested, allowing farmers the opportunity to get...

Western Iowa and Missouri Crop Progress

Apr 21, 2016 by Greg Peters
Spring arrived earlier than many farmers anticipated. Extended weather forecasts looked for a spring that was cool and wet but in reality most of the area was below normal in precipitation.  Soil temperatures remained cool until the mid-portion of April when air temperatures started to climb.  Soils temperatures climbed as the air...

Eastern Iowa Crop Progress

Apr 21, 2016 by Ryan Dunsbergen
Soil conditions in Eastern Iowa have been very conducive to working ground and getting some acres planted.  When it comes to field work, the ground has been working up nicely and quite a bit of spring anhydrous was applied.  The only concern on planting has been a handful of comments about not getting the furrow closed on no-till...

Northern Illinois Crop Progress

Apr 20, 2016 by Steve Crafton
The soil is really working up like a “garden” in most of northern Illinois. Farmers started planting corn in our southern and western areas around the 14th.  As I look back, we had the same early start last year, most of the same farmers started planting corn around the 13th of April.  Some growers in our northern area are...

Plains East Crop Progress

Apr 20, 2016 by Leonard Luebker
Farmers made great progress in planting corn the week of April 11th in the central, and southern parts, of the Plains East Region.  The Plains East Region, includes Northeast Kansas,  Eastern Nebraska, and Eastern South Dakota. Planting conditions: Planting conditions were good, but the top 1½  to 2 inches...

Minnesota and Wisconsin Crop Progress

Apr 19, 2016 by Logan Vaughn
Through the middle of April, planting progress is off to a good start throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. The month of April started out with cooler weather but temperatures quickly warmed into the 60-70’s by the week of April 11th to allow growers to begin completing field work and start planting. Scattered rain showers have moved through...

Southern Illinois and NE Missouri Crop Progress

Apr 19, 2016 by Travis Dollarhide
Planters are rolling across southern Illinois and eastern Missouri with very favorable weather conditions. Over the last week field conditions became dry enough to begin planting progressively from the west to the east. Yesterday was the first day of planting for many in on the eastern side while some farmers are already done with corn in western...

Weighing Options to Start Planting

Apr 15, 2016 by Ryan Dunsbergen
One of the most important factors to consider when planting corn is the condition of the soil.  Yield results from this past year show that corn, indeed, does have potential to yield over 500 bushels per acre.  Excellent soil conditions can maintain that potential, whereas poor soil conditions will reduce that potential.  Corn seed...

Controlling weeds, Start with Clean Fields

Apr 8, 2016 by Leonard Luebker
  Starting with a clean field is imperative to controlling weeds, and the weed seed bank.Looking back quickly to 2015, in general across the Midwest, mid-season rains caused two issues which can affect 2016, and future year’s weed control: Inability to spray on time.  The inability to spray herbicides on time...

Termination of Cover Crops for Soybeans

Apr 1, 2016 by Greg Peters
Cover crops are becoming more common as producers are looking for ways to minimize environmental impacts from soil loss and nutrient loss during the idle crop periods of late fall to early spring.  Several different species are being utilized with many different annual plants such as turnips, radishes and different species of peas which die...

Spring Alfalfa Considerations

Mar 24, 2016 by Logan Vaughn
Spring is officially here and many growers are getting prepared for spring seeding of alfalfa throughout the Midwest. As snow has melted over the past month and there have been above average temperatures through March, a lot of questions are coming in about the status of existing alfalfa stands and plans for seeding new crop. This technical...

Starting with a Solid Foundation -- Corn Planting Depth

Mar 18, 2016 by Matt Teply
It’s that time of year again and growers are back in the fields performing various tillage practices and applying fertilizer in preparation for the 2016 corn crop.  These are early steps in the building of a solid foundation to the new crop.  But, the most important step in the process of any crop production endeavor comes at the...

Soybean Seed Treatments – Are they necessary?

Mar 14, 2016 by Jesse Grogan
Highest yields in soybeans are often associated with early planting in the last week of April and first two weeks of May. Early plant growth and development with full canopy allows capture of more sun through the summer. Fields planted in early May are most consistent for stand establishment and growth. Soybeans planted in this early time frame...

Corn Flea Beetle – Will there be more this Spring?

Mar 4, 2016 by Cody Kerr
With the warmer than average winter temperatures observed across much of the Corn Belt, I thought it would be fitting to do an update on Corn Flea Beetle and Stewart’s Bacterial Wilt disease. This technical bulletin will take a look at how winter temperatures effect overwintering of the corn flea beetle and how this can then be related to...

2016 Nitrogen Decisions and Tools that can Help

Feb 26, 2016 by Travis Dollarhide
Acreage intentions for corn tend to be bullish at this point so as we progress into the spring planting season it is highly likely that more acres will be planted to corn, especially on the highly productive acre. This means that there are acres with no nitrogen applied because the crop decisions are yet to be made. It is also increasingly more...

Did you see this in 2015? Will you see it in 2016?

Feb 22, 2016 by Mark Seem
Tar Spot was identified in Indiana and Illinois last fall on samples submitted to the respective Plant Diagnostic labs, with confirming diagnosis from the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, which has the national fungal identifier lab in Beltsville, Maryland.  These are the first cases of Tar Spot ever reported in...

El Niño / La Niña

Feb 5, 2016 by Mark Seem
There has been much in the press recently about El Niño and La Niña. These two phenomena are greatly responsible for the weather we see in the corn belt from year to year.  Sometimes we need to take a step back and review what these weather influencers are and how they affect our seasonal cropping patterns. The successive El...

LG Seeds – Your Strategic Business Partner

Jan 28, 2016 by Ryan Dunsbergen
This is an exciting time to be involved in agriculture.  New technologies are hitting the marketplace at a rapid pace.  New seed genetics, new seed traits, and new data management platforms to sift through and manage data that is pertinent to your farms are all available.  There are a lot of areas that you could...

Soil Carbon

Jan 21, 2016 by Matt Teply
Soil carbon is often an element that we in the agricultural community tend to not pay a lot of attention too.  Yet, it’s a very vital element in a lot of things we do within crop production.     We often think within crop production that the major elements of nitrogen, phosphorus,...

Crop Input Decisions in a Year of Low Commodity Prices

Jan 15, 2016 by Leonard Luebker
Low Commodity Prices---Challenges for this spring’s Planting With low commodity prices, how are you approaching this spring’s planting season to make 2016 a profitable year? Are you feeling you need to make a few cutbacks? Do you cut back on fertilizer rates based on soil samples?Do you forgo some of the...