Agronomy Blog

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 –...

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...