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Wheat Growers Insights for Field and Farm

Posted By Jay Culver

Waterhemp Control

Waterhemp is a weed that can be found across our trade territory. This is a weed that produces seeds at such a high rate fields can go from "thinking we have waterhemp in them" to "covered end to end with it."
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Think Fall for Spring Weed Control

Fall is the perfect time to start weed control on problem fields. If you are encountering kochia or marestail issues especially plan a program to start this fall to get ahead of these weeds.
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Analyzing your herbicide program

The combine seat always gives us a good view of the results from the decisions made during the year. Weed control is always at the top of the list as we roll into harvest and then make plans for next year.
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Nitrogen Management Strategies in a Dry Season

Below is a cumulative precipitation total for a field enrolled in Winfield’s R7 tool.  This graph points out a pretty obvious observation throughout the area - we have not received much rain through this spring season.

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Stripe Rust in Wheat

As we approach time for a herbice application also make sure to monitor for rust. This is a picture I took today of stripe rust in a winter wheat field in Hand County. Seeing rust this early in the season makes a fungicide application a must. Strobilurin fungicides are very effective. Yield
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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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Fall Applied Kochia Control

It is very easy to already see the kochia control of fall applied herbicides. In this field sprayed last fall you can see kochia growing on the left of the picture while nothing is coming on the right side that was sprayed.

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Managing Winter Wheat

Winter wheat across the area really varies on how it is doing. Wheat that was planted into ground with good ground cover and adequate moisture last fall is in decent shape. Wheat that was planted into drier soils and bare ground over the winter is not looking as good. The wheat that had good
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Early Spring = Early Weeds

This is a photo I took earlier this week. I had to do a little bit of searching to find this kochia off and growing. This was in an area that would have a much warmer soil temperature than in normal field right now. It is a reminder that weed management will have to have to get started earlier
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Planter Section Control

Make sure your planter section control is set up properly to avoid unnecessary skips and overlaps.
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Spring Planter Preparation

Spring is right around the corner. Is your planter ready?
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Soybean Harvest Trends

Here are just a few things I have noticed so far during fall soybean harvest.
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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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Wheat Stubble Management

With small grain harvest rolling along and getting completed make plans to manage your wheat stubble.
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Rotation Restrictions

One topic to consider when making your weed control plans is the rotation restrictions of herbicides. Not only do you want to verify that it is safe to plant this year’s intended crop, but plan ahead for your rotation and make sure residual herbicides don't keep you from a desired
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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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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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Winter Wheat Showing Signs of Life

It is finally possible to see some winter wheat in the area breaking dormancy. Most winter wheat was planted in less than ideal soils last fall. Wheat, like in the picture, that has very few tillers will need nitrogen as early as possible to promote early growth and tillering.
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Resistant Weed Management

There are a few key things to remember when making plans for resistant weeds before spring. The first is to be proactive. Whether you know you have problem weeds, or are unsure, you should start to manage your acres like you do have a problem. Proactive management is the best way to get out in
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Potassium Deficiencies

Potassium (K) deficiency in corn has become more prevalent in the area. Potassium is essential in a plant for water uptake and photosynthesis. Potassium is as immobile nutrient in the soil and should be managed accordingly. The deficiencies I am noticing are taking place in two specific areas
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Making Seed Choices

This summer's weather has some areas harvesting a great crop while others are looking at below average results. Often times the two extremes are taking place in close proximity to one another. As you look to make seed choices for next year evaluate hybrid performance on soils, farming
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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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Wheat Growers Plot Day August 24th

Wheat Growers will be having plot tours on Friday August 24th at plots throughout our trade area. This is a great time to compare seed choices as well as discuss other agronomy questions with your agronomist. Contact your local agronomist for more information and to find 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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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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Starter Fertilizer Mixing

When mixing multiple products in with your starter fertilizer be sure to make sure all the products you are adding are compatible. Products that are labeled for mixing with starter fertilizer usually have no problems, but adding multiple products in one mix can lead to
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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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Residual Herbicide Rates

With the early spring, and now a good shot of rain, it is a good idea to make sure you are applying the proper rates of residual herbicides. Half rate pre emerge programs that have worked in the past, when a shorter window of control was needed, may not provide enough
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Rainfall total for March

I have set up a rain gauge and will keep track and post local rainfall totals for the growing season at the Wolsey Terminal. For the month of March we received 1.08 inches of precipitation at the terminal. 


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Soil Sample Summary for 2011

Here is a link to Ag Vise Laboratories summary of samples from 2011.
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Controlling Weeds in Soybeans

Controlling certain weeds in soybeans is getting tougher, if not imposssible, with just Glyphosate.
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Feed your Soybeans

Don't forget about your soybeans this fall in your fertility program. Phosphorus is the main nutrient to keep and eye on with soybeans in our area. One bushel of soybeans will remove 0.75 lbs of P2O5. So 40 bushel soybeans will need about 60 lbs of 11-52-0 to replace what has been removed.
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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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Soybean Harvest Review

It would be difficult to break down the performance of every soybean in our area, but I will offer a few trends from soybean harvest.
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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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Fall Agronomy Planning

The State Fair signals the end of summer and start of fall even though the calendar officially says fall is still a few weeks away. Now, before fall harvest begins, is a great time to start planning for next years crop.
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Wheat Growers Plot Day August 25th

On August 25th Wheat Growers will be holding plot tours at each agronomy locations local plot. This is a great chance to discuss new traits and genetics, as well as look at how varieties have been performing. This is also a great chance to visit with your agronomist about fall plans. Soil
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Aphid numbers continue to rise

Aphid numbers have continued to rise in soybean fields. The average number of aphids per plants in the Wolsey area has increased to over 50 aphids. In certain fields aphid numbers have increased to well over 200. With the current forecast calling for mild temperatures I expect these
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