Agronomy Updates

Growing Season Pains

Now that planting and replant is finally coming to an end, we’re focusing on nutrient deficiencies, weed control and pests. Here’s what we are keeping an eye on. Nitrogen management Excessive rainfall in early planting season has caused growers to question how much nitrogen (N) was lost. Soil sampling and measuring the concentration of nitrate-…

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Making The Call: Replant

We have wide-ranging field conditions across the region in the first few days of June. Here is our advice to help you make the right decision for your fields. Replant Growers across our footprint are contemplating the hard decision to replant for both corn and soybeans. Replant is a field by field decision, and the…

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Decisions in Late Season Planting

Continued rain delays during the holiday weekend have growers hustling to get back into fields. As you continue to plant or replant, don’t forget to review your current crop plan and scout already emerged crops. Review your crop plan June 1 is our general rule of thumb when making the decision to switch to a…

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Stay The Course For Now

Rain is on the forecast across our footprint, which means growers will most likely be delayed on planting again. This has folks asking us about switching hybrids and switching from corn to beans. As of now, we recommend staying with your current crop plan. If you’re unable to get back into the fields until next…

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Replanting

As we’ve gotten out to walk fields this week and assess the damage from the heavy rains and cold weather we received, we’re seeing a lot of fields that will need replanted and many that already have been replanted. In fields where corn is emerging, we’re encouraging folks to keep a close eye on stands…

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Is Replant Necessary?

Much of the region has received significant rainfall in the last week, and judging by the questions we’ve received, several of you were wondering how to manage planting before a predicted rain event. Now that planting is further along for many, some of those fields have seedlings emerged or germinating seeds and may now have…

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Determine The Reason For Late Emergence

We’ve all gotten rain and now we’re facing a week of cooler temperatures. These are good conditions for corn to be delayed in emergence and good reasons to scout recently planted fields.   Chilling injury and ponding Chilling injury can occur when seeds take on cold water and/or seedlings are subjected to prolonged cold temperatures….

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Planting Into Cool Fields

Planters are rolling. Even now in late April, soil temperatures are still in the process of warming up and we continue to see April showers. We’re getting questions on when to stop the planter before a predicted rain or temperature drop. At the end of the day, you’re the farmer and it’s your decision, but…

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Trap Counts Are High

We have stressed the importance of keeping accurate field records in many of our previous newsletter issues. We are now encouraging growers to take note of fields with broadleaf weeds, cover crops, or other growth due to insect pheromone traps indicating heavy migration of true armyworm and black cutworm moths into the Midwest. Migrating black…

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Check Your Soil Temperatures

Planting is on the minds of everyone we’ve talked to recently. As you gear up for planting, keep in mind that getting the crop in too early can lead to replant or problems during the growing season.  Soil temperature Corn germination and emergence takes approximately five to seven days if planted in soil 50F or…

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