Agronomy Updates

The Calendar Says It’s Go Time

A few areas across the Brodbeck sales territory were able to start planting 7 to 10 days ago.  The balance of the area is waiting on spring to decide if it is going to stay for an extended period. It goes without saying—it has been a little chilly this April.   It is the third week…

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Considerations Before You Plant

It’s April, so it’s not surprising we’ve all got planting on our minds. Some questions that we’ve gotten recently include seeding rate, soil nutrition and soil temperatures. Take a look at these topics as you get the planter tuned up. Soybean Seed Rate Brodbeck agronomists, Terry Jones and Denny Wickham worked together on this soybean…

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2018 Soybean Weed Control

Starting clean is key to successful weed control in soybeans, regardless of herbicide trait used. For those of you using tillage, make sure that your tillage is aggressive enough to take out any winter/early spring weeds that have taken hold. For no-till, a strong burndown program is essential to starting off right.  Suggestions for an…

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What To Do About Wheat

Making informed decisions about your winter wheat now can result in more bushels at harvest. As the snow melts and you head out to assess your wheat crop, focus on stand health and nitrogen (N) application. Evaluating the stand Wait until green-up to assess your wheat. Pull poor looking plants and split the crown with…

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Spring Tune Up

It’s time to start thinking about planting. Our first recommendation this time of year is to sit down with your seed representative, or one of us, and go through a “spring tune-up.” This is where we go through each field and talk about hybrid selection, variety selection, timing, placement, etc. It gives us all a…

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Consider The Data Source

As we wrap up harvest and head into the holidays, we’ll all be attending winter meetings in the next few months. As we, and other companies, provide you with product data and you examine data from your own fields, use each piece of data as one piece of the overall picture. Don’t make all decisions…

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Finishing Fall Notes

You don’t need us to tell you—if you still have corn in the fields, get it out as soon as you can. The rains have delayed harvest for folks and heavy winds have taken a toll on crops still in the field. As you wait to get back in the fields, or if you have…

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Make Your Plan To Finish Harvest

Mother Nature gave us a harvest break this week with rain on the forecast for most of our footprint. We’re encouraging growers to use this time to evaluate field conditions and make a plan for finishing harvest when you’re able to get back in the fields. We’re also talking fall burndown with many growers, as…

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Don’t Leave Yield In The Field

As we make our way through harvest across our footprint, we’re urging folks to check for harvest loss in both corn and soybeans. Check for grain that does not get into the combine as well as losses caused by machinery. To check for harvest loss, combine a strip in your field then stop, back up,…

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Late-Season Nitrogen Management

The high temperatures of the past week have given us needed growing degree days (GDD) to get crops to where they need to be after late-planting. We’re hopeful that this late-September heat will get corn to black layer in a timely fashion. As we scout, we’re looking for nitrogen (N) loss and helping growers reevaluate…

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