Agronomy Notebook

Leaf disease: Management and consideration for 2016

As spring of 2016 approaches, producers across the Eastern Corn Belt will begin to put more thought towards their production plans and management decisions for the upcoming season. One challenge that has affected corn yields in our sales territory over the past few years is foliar disease, especially Northern Corn Leaf Blight. Anyone who attended [...]

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Helpful tips for reducing soil erosion

Soil erosion is an annual problem throughout the Eastern Corn Belt. Recent research estimates that farmland across the Corn Belt looses close to four tons of soil per acre each year due to erosion. Additionally, even under the best conditions topsoil buildup is very slow, if it occurs at all. Soil particles can be detached [...]

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Palmer amaranth update

During the past few years agronomists and university weed experts have been discussing the potential northern movement of an aggressive weed that can reduce yields and increase costs of weed control. The arrival of Palmer Amaranth, nicknamed “Pigweed on Steroids”, has been confirmed in multiple states across the Eastern Corn Belt. Seed Consultants’ customers and [...]

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Use plot data to make good decisions

As harvest continues across the Eastern Corn Belt, seed companies, universities, and growers will have the chance to compile and analyze data from yield testing. One of the most important decisions a farmer will face all year is deciding what variety to plant and in which field to plant it. To ensure that the best [...]

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Tassel ears showing up in fields

While scouting fields this time of year it is common to find a few strange looking ears. Corn is a monecious plant, which means it has separate male (the tassel) and female (the ear) flowers. In some cases, both male and female structures form as a combination in the same plant structure. “Tassel-ears” often form [...]

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Assessing fields after a roller coaster 2015

The growing season of 2015 has turned out to be a roller coaster ride of moisture stress (both too much and too little), disease pressure, and curiosity in the mind of the grower as to what’s really out there in terms of yield. We started 2015 with an abundance of rainfall across the state from [...]

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Standability a concern this harvest season

As crops approach maturity and harvest begins, standability could become a concern in some corn fields. Corn fields across the Eastern Corn Belt have experienced various environmental factors that create stress conditions for the plant and as a result, stalk rots could become an issue late in the season. Ohio State University Bulletin 802 states: [...]

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Stress during grain fill

Rains during June and July set new records in some areas of the Cornbelt this year, causing weak root development, nitrogen loss and even affected pollination in some fields with poor ear-tip fills. Leaf diseases like Northern Corn Leaf Blight and Gray Leaf Spot were rampant in some areas causing additional stress on the corn [...]

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Do cover crops reduce leaf diseases?

Five years ago a lot of the ground was left bare during winter without any cover crops. Recent surveys have indicated that the number of farmers using cover crops in the Corn Belt states is increasing every year. Many benefits of cover crops have been reported but a major advantage has not been emphasized. While [...]

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Factors for Phosphorus loss from land to surface water

Most of us have reduced fertilizer inputs as crop prices have gone down and this is documented by reduced phosphorus fertilizer sales. But still, I am often asked about issues of phosphorus from an agriculture and water quality standpoint, “Is rate the only concern?” Rate, and more appropriately soil test level, is important from a [...]

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