Agronomy Blog

Diaporthe – A soybean disease complex

Oct 9, 2015 by Greg Peters
The past few years have been interesting times to be involved with agriculture and it seems that we learn something new each year. Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) has been on the increase since I saw my first infected field in 1994.  Now, anytime we see a field with top die-back that has interveinal chlorosis and green veins, it is assumed to be...

Trait Decisions for 2016

Oct 1, 2015 by Steve Crafton
A winning combination seems to consist of a great offense and a good defense.  When making decisions this fall on hybrids for next year you need to pick the best high yielding product for your operation.  In turn you need to combine that hybrid with good defensive traits that can help fend off insect pressure and protect your yield. A...

Evaluating Hybrids From Test Plot Data

Sep 26, 2015 by Leonard Luebker
In evaluating hybrids to plant next year, it is extremely important to evaluate a “Test Plot” this year for its overall measurability of a given hybrid.  What do we mean by this?   As both Agronomists and farmers alike use test plot data on making hybrid selections to plant for next year, one should look at the quality...

Selecting Alfalfa Varieties

Sep 17, 2015 by Logan Vaughn
Alfalfa cutting has been completed for the majority of growers for the 2015 season. Over the next several months many producers will evaluate how current varieties performed to help aid in making product selections for next year and beyond. This technical bulletin will summarize key factors in selecting forage products for your operation and the...

Selecting Corn Silage Hybrids

Sep 17, 2015 by Logan Vaughn
Corn silage harvest is being completed in the next few weeks by the majority of growers for the 2015 season. During the following months many producers will evaluate how current hybrids performed to help aid in making product selections for next year and beyond. This technical bulletin will summarize key factors in selecting forage products for...

Stalk / Root Rots and Ear Rots of Corn

Sep 12, 2015 by Mark Seem
Harvest is upon us, producers are getting in the fields with combines, starting to see what the year's growing season has produced for them. Of prime importance, remember the effects that this growing season can have on stalk/root rots and ear rots. Timely harvest of certain fields can reduce harvest losses and operator...

Eastern Iowa Crop Progress

Sep 5, 2015 by Ryan Dunsbergen
CORN Corn growth stage varies from R4-R5 with a few hybrids reaching black layer through the last week of August. Temperatures have remained moderate with the exception of the high heat and humidity this week, which seems to coincide with the Farm Progress Show every year.  There are areas just east of I-35 that look...

Indiana and Mid-South Crop Progress

Sep 4, 2015 by Jesse Grogan
Hot and dry weather made its appearance in late August. It is actually too dry except for fields that caught isolated showers in the last few days. Corn condition has not changed much over the summer due to extreme wet conditions and nitrogen fertilizer loss in early summer for Indiana. Diseases did not develop until late in the season. Northern...

Ohio Crop Progress

Sep 4, 2015 by Cody Kerr
We are down to the final stretch of the 2015 growing season. I am seeing many places where early planted soybeans are turning, and even a few places where growers have started harvesting soybeans. The corn crop is starting to dry down and dropping ears in some areas. CORN:     There has been a lot of disease...

Southern Illinois and NE Missouri Crop Progress

Sep 4, 2015 by Matt Quattlander
Spending the past three days (Sept 1-3) in Decatur, IL at the 2015 Farm Progress Show, brought a lot of farmers through the LG Seeds tent talking about their crop conditions and expected yield levels.  I think the summary of conversations would be that this crop varies extremely, no surprise.  Small amounts of corn have been harvested...

Plains West Crop Progress

Sep 4, 2015 by Matt Teply
Corn harvest has started on a few acres here and there across the region.  Southwest Missouri the corn is running in the 15% to 20% moisture range and if the weather holds things should really start rolling here in the next few days.  There is some wet corn (22% to 30% moisture) dry land and irrigated corn coming out in south central...

Western Iowa and Missouri Crop Progress

Sep 3, 2015 by Greg Peters
We are down to the time of year when producers getting ready to begin to harvest crops.  We have been on a roller coaster for weather all growing season.  Portions of our area have experienced weather extremes from excessive rainfall, hot to abnormally cool, and even dry to adequate rains.  This has created variability across our...

Northern Illinois Crop Progress

Sep 3, 2015 by Steve Crafton
Some of the corn in northern Illinois is starting to drop ears and dry down. Early soybeans are turning and will start dropping leaves soon. Combines are not rolling yet, I would say the week after Memorial Day some of the early corn in our southern region will be ready to harvest. I have seen very little insect pressure in corn or beans. ...

Minnesota and Wisconsin Crop Progress

Sep 3, 2015 by Logan Vaughn
As we move into the month of September, crops are entering their final stretch before reaching physiological maturity. When taking everything into consideration, Minnesota and Wisconsin has experienced many of the key components for achieving high yield potential: early planting, sufficient moisture for large parts of the growing season, moderate...

Plains East Crop Progress

Sep 3, 2015 by Leonard Luebker
Northeast Kansas.  The southern part of the Plains East Region is moving right along on the crop progress.  Some harvesting is being done in Northeast Kansas for high moisture corn.  LG2501VT2RIB was harvested on tough upland ground and yielded 125 bushel per acre at 32% moisture.  This is very good for a 100 day hybrid in...

White Mold in Soybeans

Aug 28, 2015 by Mark Seem
White Mold, caused by the fungal pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, can occur every year somewhere in the Midwest, as it is a soil-borne disease that can survive for many years. Severe infestations can be found in years where cooler temperatures, higher dew points, and/or above average rainfall occur during late June into July and then...

Sudden Death Syndrome in Soybeans

Aug 21, 2015 by Matt Quattlander
With 2014 still fresh in our minds, and 2015 providing an extremely wet May and June over the Central United States, Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) showing up in soybeans isn’t any surprise.  Depending on your geography, levels of SDS pressure vary greatly.  Southern Illinois and Northern Missouri appear to have a...

Corn Nematodes

Aug 17, 2015 by Matt Teply
There are a multitude of issues that have affected the corn crop this year.  Early cold and continued wet weather lead to increases in several disease and insect issues.  One issue noticed more this year than in the past was the severity of corn nematodes and corn nematode damage. As I drove around, I would see field after field showing...

Temperature Effects on Corn Yield

Aug 17, 2015 by Greg Peters
Moisture conditions vary across the major crop producing regions of the United States.  The spring and early summer weather was very wet in some areas, while areas to the north were dependent on timely rainfall because of a dry winter and spring. Corn has the ability to tolerate higher temperatures for a short amount of time if there is...

New Corn Products Released by LG Seeds

Aug 3, 2015 by Kristy Johns
LG Seeds has announced the addition of 10 new brands to the corn line-up, along with adding traits to several existing products. These new products complement and enhance an already strong offering of Genuity® SmartStax®, Genuity® VT Triple PRO®, Genuity® VT Double PRO®, Genuity® DroughtGard®, Roundup Ready®,...