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Across the Editor's Desk: Coaching in The 2nd Half

LOREN KRUSE 07/06/2012 @ 8:50am Editor-in-Chief Successful Farming

Are you headed for a bin buster? Or are you needing luck and a few good decisions to score a victory?

What's your next move, Coach? Around most of the U.S. where farmers grow corn and soybeans, it is halftime in the field. Your yield expectations at this halfway point probably depend on decisions you made in the preseason, on planting time weather, and on growing conditions to date.

No matter the current score in the field, there is still a half yet to play. You can make a number of adjustments to score a higher yield. Crops Technology Editor Gil Gullickson shares 12 halftime pep talk points in “2nd Half Agronomics.” He covers tactics to protect yield from numerous pests, diseases, and weeds. Listen as you read. You can almost hear the crowd chanting, “Defense!”

Perhaps you need to fire up your offense. There's still time to apply in-season, on-the-go, variable-rate nitrogen to boost corn yields. Larry Reichenberger's story, “Sensors Take Center Stage,” can help you make that decision with greater clarity and confidence.

More ideas to finish the season strong

As a sports fan, I'm amazed how often teams behind at halftime end up winning the game. For example, in the recent NBA Western Conference finals, Oklahoma City was behind San Antonio zero games to two in a best-of-seven series. But the Thunder came back not only to win the series 4-2 but also to rally from a 15-point halftime deficit to win the deciding sixth game by eight points.

Teams behind at halftime make adjustments and refocus on their strengths. In the second half in your corn or soybean fields, you can't impact your yield as much as a timely 1-inch rain can. However, there is much you can do to finish the season and the year strong.

This Special Summer Issue includes ideas on preparing your combine and grain system for peak performance, marketing for higher profit, and choosing corn heads to help you manage crop residue. And more.

Set aside time this summer for learning, too. And be sure to call “Time out!” to take your family on vacation or short getaways to refresh yourself and finish strong!

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