Agronomy Notebook

Coaching high corn yields

By Matt Reese With the last seconds ticking off the clock in overtime, the best player squares up behind the three-point line for the win, he shoots — nothing but net. Victory! Sometimes, everything comes together for a buzzer-beater victory in crop fields, but that kind of success doesn’t happen by chance, which makes success [...]

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Ear rots a health and harvest concern

By Matt Reese There have been reports of farmers getting sick from cleaning combines without wearing dust masks. This could be linked to the inhalation of dust from a number of different ear rots that are being discovered in the Ohio corn crop. Ear rots in fields can present health and safety issues during and [...]

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Another look at a challenging 2012

By Kevin Cool, Beck’s Hybrids Seed Advisor, CCA To say that 2012 has been challenging would be an understatement. As we get deeper into August it is becoming clearer how the hot and dry weather has affected the crops. You have probably read or heard a lot about the effects of heat and drought on [...]

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Assessing corn after a tough early growing season

By Jeff Rectenwald, Technical Agronomist for Monsanto Recent strong storms in Ohio brought high winds and some much needed rainfall in several parts of the state. The rainfall was critical in many parts of Ohio where the corn and soybeans were showing strong signs of drought and heat stress. Since April 1, many parts of [...]

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Foliar fungicides in corn

By Kirk Reese, Agronomy Research Manager for DuPont/Pioneer The use of foliar fungicides in corn production has become a more common practice in recent years. This is largely due to the increased value of the crop and the subsequent interest in protecting or enhancing grain or forage yield. There are factors where the value of [...]

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Minimizing herbicide injury for crops

By Jeff Rectenwald, Asgrow/Dekalb agronomist Post-emergence herbicide tank mixtures are an important element of integrated weed management of tough-to-control broadleaf weeds in corn. Environmental conditions, such as those that have favored development of thin cuticles on the leaf surfaces of corn this spring, influence the absorption of post-emergence herbicides and potential crop tolerance. Warm, humid [...]

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Watch for seedling blights in corn

By John Brien, AgriGold agronomist The spring of 2012 is shaping up to be another planting season to remember. Late March was warm and beautiful and got a lot of growers excited about planting corn, then April hit. The first portion of April was decent but after April 10, the temperatures were less than ideal. [...]

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2012 off to a good start compared to 2011

By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Associate Agronomist, Seed Consultants, Inc. What a difference a year makes! According to a recent USDA crop progress report, as of May 20, 94% of Ohio’s corn crop was planted and 74% of the state’s soybeans were in the ground — a big difference compared to last year when almost nothing [...]

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Now is a good time to evaluate plant stands

Jeff Rectenwald
, CCA, Territory Agronomist for Asgrow/Dekalb Now is a good time to be evaluating corn and soybean stands for plant populations, inter-row plant spacing, and seedling plant health. It takes about 100 growing degree units (GDU) before corn will emerge. While in the field, be on the lookout for black cutworms and bean leaf [...]

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Wheat is at a critical disease stage

By Dave Scheiderer, Integrated Ag Services Now is the time to take a close look at your wheat crop. Most of the wheat in central Ohio is nearing complete flag leaf emergence (Feekes 9). This is the critical growth stage to determine the need for a fungicide application to control leaf diseases. Integrated Ag Services [...]

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