How to Identify 7 Key Cornstalk Diseases
There are 7 key types of stalk rots that can affect corn mid- to late-season.
Rescue Tillage for the Win
Your best efforts this fall might mean problems next year. Strategic tillage is a sound practice to mitigate compaction stress on your 2020 crop.
2020 Solutions for 2019’s Challenges
A careful plan for 2020 can surmount the challenges left in the wake of 2019. There are numerous management strategies that we can plan for today to help mitigate risks to next year’s soybean crop.
A Harvest Plan Will Make All the Difference
Extreme conditions this year caused farmers to plant well into June and July, which means there will be consequences. Having a plan in place will limit further losses at harvest.
Don’t Let Delayed Planting Result in a Late Harvest
A delayed planting season doesn’t have to mean a delayed harvest. Scout now for crown rot infections and implement management strategies to mitigate the impact of this yield-limiting infection.
There’s a New Disease in Town, and its Name is Tar Spot
Tar Spot is a relatively new disease in the U.S., but it is one that can cause severe yield loss if conditions are right.
What to Expect From Late-Planted Corn
Late-planted corn still has high yield potential if managed correctly.
The Basics of Early Corn Development
Maximize yields by better understanding the growth and development stages of your corn crop.
Consider Your Soil Temperatures Before Planting
The planter pass can make or break your season. Early planting usually pays, but be sure your soil is warm enough to avoid chilling injury.
Understanding Early-Season Frost Damage
Frost damage is a threat to vulnerable seedlings. Learn where to look, symptoms of damage, and how to assess long-term impact on corn and soybeans.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Grain Marketing
The foundation of a good grain marketing is a plan. As farmers, we don’t want to speculate, we want to be profitable and protect our income.
Incorporating the Three W’s of Farming
Decisions, decisions, decisions…we make them every day. We decide what time we want to wake up in the morning, what we want to eat for breakfast, when we want to eat breakfast, and how much we want to eat for breakfast. Farmers also make decisions every day. Decisions on the logistics of the what, where, when, and how’s of all the agronomic aspects that affect their farming operations.
Fall vs. Spring Burndown in Soybeans
Fall burndown programs are one area farmers can look at to cut costs, but it’s important to evaluate the benefits of a fall vs. spring burndown.
How to Manage Your Residue
Generally, the last thing a farmer wants to do is leave something valuable behind in the field after harvesting it.
ARE NEMATODES ROBBING YOUR FIELDS?
Nematodes are silent killers in a farmer’s field, causing damage that can’t always be seen and robbing yield along the way.
DO FUNGICIDE CARRIER RATES CARRY YIELD?
When it’s time to spray fungicide, farmers might wonder, “how much carrier volume do I use to get the most out of my fungicide?” In times of low commodity prices, it’s important to find the right answers. Even things as small as using the correct carrier rate can greatly impact your bottom line.
CLOSING IN ON HIGH CORN YIELDS
When studying emergence, Beck’s agronomists often look at seed-to-soil contact, as it can impact crop development. The use of closing wheels can be a key factor in determining when a crop will appear.
FOLIAR TIMING AND TEMPERATURE
Over the past year, agronomists have fielded as many questions about foliar fertilizers. The presumption is that some of this attention is because foliar applications were a component in the recipes used by recent national yield contest winners.Here are two things you should consider before applying:
STARTING SOYBEANS OFF RIGHT WITH STARTER FERTILIZERS
While the opportunity for early-planting (and the potential yield increase that could bring) is out the window, many farmers are still looking for ways to maximize their return on investment (ROI) and increase yields this season. This is especially true for farmers who may plan to capitalize on soybean crops this year with corn at the market price it’s at.
START CLEAN AND STAY CLEAN
Planting season is right around the corner and there is a LOT left to do before the seed goes in the ground. For many operations, a major task that has yet to be completed is an early burndown. In many areas, extensive rainfall has left sprayers sitting idle for several weeks. Now the question many farmers find themselves asking is, “what burndown can I spray to control all of the winter annuals that have flushed in the fields?”
HOW DOES YOUR WHEAT LOOK?
While total wheat acres are down this year due to commodity prices, there are still several thousand acres of Beck’s wheat planted throughout the South.