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Corn Harvest & Stalk Rots- Is There a Hidden Loss Looming In Your Fields?

I have been driving all across the Wheat Growers territory in the recent weeks, and as corn is drying down toward harvest, many fields look, well, a little UGLY to me. The corn in some areas looks good, but in others, it is simply not drying with the nice, light tan, almost bleached
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Variety Selection and Early Seed Planning for 2017

Fairly soon, we will be entering the time of the year to look ahead to 2017 and begin making variety selections for the upcoming growing season. As I have mention in previous blogs, take some time late in the is growing season to critically review your current variety selections for both corn
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A Late Season Crop Tour and Variety Selection- Right Around the Corner

As we approach the last 60 or so days of the growing season here in the Dakotas, the time comes around to be thinking about 2017 and the crop varieties planned for the upcoming growing season. Now is a great time to be taking one more thorough pre-harvest evaluation of your current crops.
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Crop Conditions and Progress Report

Corn Conditions: The Total US Corn Conditions remain at a 74% Good/Excellent rating this week, up from last year’s 69% rating at this time. Looking across the board: ND,TX,
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Crop Conditions and Progress Report

Corn: This week’s Total US Corn Conditions are down 2% to a 74% Good/Excellent rating. PA, MO, NE, and CO are all down a percent. SD is down 3% while MI and IL are both -4%. OH
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Crop Conditions and Progress Report

Corn Conditions: The Total US Corn Conditions once again remain at a 76% Good/Excellent rating. Looks like there are not as many red numbers this week compared to last week. States
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Crop Conditions and Progress Report

Corn: Although there is a lot of negative numbers across the board, the Total US Corn Good/Excellent ratio still remains at 76%. PA changed the most at down 9% from 71% last week to
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Crop Conditions and Progress Report

Corn: Looking at the corn conditions, they remain at a 76% Good/Excellent rating. Ranging from down 6% in OH to up 4% in IL. SD is down another 4% to 63% G/E along with PA and TX
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Crop Conditions and Progress Report

Corn: Total US Corn Conditions improved by a percent to 76% G/E rating. With help from MO and IL both up 4%, they are the biggest movers of this week. SD, KY, and NC are down 1% as well as TN and PA at -2% and TX down the most with a -3% move to a 68% G/E rating on the week. Over all, Corn
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Crop Conditions and Progress Report

Corn: Looking at the Corn Conditions from this week to last week in North and South Dakota, they are down 5% and 1% respectively. Although Kansas and Illinois are also down 4 points
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Current Economics of Corn and Beans post-USDA Planting Intentions/Grain stocks

The USDA released its quarterly grain stocks as of March 1st along with its annual planting intentions report on Thursday. The report brought along with it a few surprises, mainly on the planting intentions side. Corn was estimated at 93.6 mln acres, which was 3.6 mln acres higher than the
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January Crop Report Implications

One major component that the market uses to help discover price is USDA estimates or what many refer to as crop reports. USDA estimates many things in the ag sector and releases this data weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually. The reason I bring this up is because as of this writing USDA has
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Northern Corn Leaf Blight

Below is a link to an excellent article on Northern Corn Leaf Blight. This disease, along with Gray Leaf Spot, is a disease of concern in Iowa. It has been a resurging disease in recent years, and is a disease to keep an eye out for. I am not aware of issues in our northern area corn, but it
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Yellow Corn - Rapid Growth Syndrome

I have received several calls on this in the past couple days. We are seeing a lot of fields around the country with random pale green to yellow plants scattered across the field. Of course we could think of micronutrients, but those generally show a show as striped corn leaves or portions of
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Improper Downforce and Planting Depth

Maintaining a planter and making sure you have proper downforce is essential to placing seeds at the proper depth.
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Snow and Emerging Crops

Wow! What a crazy weekend of weather- great rainfall, but did it really have to snow? And also do keep the folks in the Delmont area in our thoughts.

To the business for the day, I have had several calls and notes today concerned with the effects of snow on emerged wheat and other
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Late Season Corn Health

This is a fun time of the year when you can go into your corn fields and start to evaluate what to expect when the combine arrives.
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Early Season Fungicides and Micronutrients

Do you have good corn out there? Or even stressed corn? Now is the time to be thinking about protecting that crop and making sure that it is setting maximum ear size. Early season fungicides and micronutrients are excellent choices to be thinking about right now.
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Selecting Seed

Making seed selections for the next growing season can be challenging. Sorting through new varieties and traits can seem like a daunting task with how fast the choices can change. Narrow the focus of products to what is required for each field to make things easier. Previous crop, soil type,
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Corn Diseases and Control

I have recently looked at many corn fields and in general, they look really good! I have started to see a little common corn rust across the region. Although I have not found other foliar fungal diseases, like Eyespot, Gray Leaf Spot, Northern Corn Leaf Blight or Northern Corn Leaf Spot, these
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Corn Fungicides - Protecting the great crop out there!

The 2013 crop production season seems to have been a whirlwind of activity- from late and compressed planting to the various weather events we have experienced. In spite of uneven crop growth, driving around the regions recently, there are a lot of REALLY GOOD fields out there! There is
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Yield Contest Deadlines Fast Approaching!

NCGA Yield Contest Deadline July 12th!
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Corn Herbicides and Growth Staging

Lately I have had several conversations on corn and soybean herbicides focusing on the “pre rapidly changing to post emergence” world of fields that were planted prior to the recent weather. A few quick review points on corn herbicides:

  • Remember that most corn
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Mother Nature is Messin' with Corn Pre Herbicide Applications

You know the Jack Links beef jerky add campaign “Messin’ with Sasquatch”? Well, Mother Nature is messin’ with corn pre herbicide applications. Upper twenties for temps yesterday morning were one thing, but around 20 this morning is another. Nearly all of the weeds that
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Corn Planting 2013: Preemergence Herbicides and COLD Weather

Even though field conditions may be suitable to begin field work, temperatures may not be ideal for effective weed control. The best advice is to delay burndown until warm temperatures occur and remain warm.
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Controlling Kochia

With many areas having confirmed glyphosate resistant kochia, all fields need to be managed as if kochia is glyphosate resistant. The key for kochia control is timing. Be early with applications and don't allow kochia to grow. As you can see in the attached picture, kochia is just starting
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Phosphorus: Early Availability Critical

Corn determines its maximum yield potential at stage V-5, or so. It turns out that available phosphorus, in the form of phosphate (P2O5), within the seedlings rooting zone, is one of the key factors for determining yield. While ample supplies of phosphorus, applied either in furrow or placed 2
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More Solutions to Soil Compaction

After we started to understand the soil compaction talked about in my previous blog entry, we started to investigate other stressed fields, as well as a few less stressed. Our findings amazed us! We continued to use the excavator to dig root pits looking for soil compaction and discovered very
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Compacted Soil

This harvest season I have found a few things that I thought would never be true. A few of the producers I work with noticed a significant yield reduction in certain fields that we assumed was due to high levels of salt or just poor ground. With curiosity, I went out into these fields with a
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Corn Plant Health

This summer's drought has put added stress on corn plants and compromised the overall plant health. I have looked at many fields and would say the strength of the ear shank is average at best. It is a good idea to look at the corn on your farm and plan a harvest schedule accordingly. The
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Estimating Corn Yield

The current corn crop is getting far enough along to get out and start to make some preliminary yield estimates and notice some trends.
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July 30th Crop Condition/Progress Report

Weekly Crop Conditions released this afternoon showed a continued drop in Corn and Soybean conditions - not surprising.  Corn was down 2 percentage points in the Good/Excellent category this week to 24%.  Most notable changes were MN down 5% (rated 56% G/E) and SD down 4%, but one
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July 11th USDA Supply/Demand Recap

The USDA aggressively cut the US Corn yield by 20 bu/ac from their June estimate, now figuring 146 bu/ac.  This drops production by 1.82 billion bushels.  Total usage was lowered by 1.055 billion bushels with ethanol grind lowered by 100 million bushels, exports down 300 million, and
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June 25th USDA Crop Conditions/Progress Report

This afternoon's USDA Crop Conditions Report was out and as expected both Corn and Soybean ratings were lower than last week.  Corn was down 7% nationwide now rated at 56% Good/Excellent.  Most notable changes were: Illinois (Down 15%), Indiana (Down 10%), and Missouri (Down
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Corn Stand Counts

Early season scouting on your corn fields is the best way to maximize profitability on every acre. An easy thing to do is check the live stand in your fields. To do this, count the number of plants in 1/1000th of an acre. If you have 30 inch rows, you will want to count the number of plants in
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Managing for Fallow Syndrome

Water logged fields from 2011 should be managed for the possibility of fallow syndrome in 2012. Fallow syndrome is a result of water logged fields having little or no plant growth. The lack of plant growth reduces the population of healthy fungi in the soil. The reduction in these
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Nutrient Content and Value of Corn Stalks

Baling corn stalks after harvest can provide livestock feed and bedding, but the value of the nutrients in the corn stalks that are removed should be considered. On average, 150 bushel corn will have around 3.5 tons of dry matter per acre. This corn stover will contain 20 lbs of
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Applying Sulfur Fertilizer

One question that I commonly get asked this time of year is why do we need to apply sulfur when my soil tests indicate there is plenty available. The reason we apply sulfur to corn and wheat is to help meet the crop's sulfur needs early in the growing season when root development is
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Corn Starter Fertilizer Options

10-34-0 is the most common form of starter fertilizer in our area. The availiability of 10-34-0 has become increasingly difficult and some other options may need to be considered.
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Late Season Frost Effects on Corn and Soybeans

Cold temperatures last night across the territory could have affected yields in our corn, soybean and sunflower fields.
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Scouting Corn Fields

As we get closer to harvest there are a few reasons you should spend a little time in your corn fields.  

The first reason is to document any diseases and weak stalks so that these fields can be a priority to combine first. Second, is to get an idea of a hybrids
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