Common Challenges Around Harvest & How to Overcome

Grasshoppers It is not uncommon to find a population of grasshoppers in your combine tank.  Normally around the field edges or maybe in a weed-laden area of the field.  Grasshoppers are often worse in hot, dry conditions. One big reason is that insects, as...

Six Common Stalk Rots

Stalk rot development happens most years to some degree and this year it will follow a “vulture on the carcass” analogy as the plant had already pre-maturely died from this year’s weather pattern and then the disease infections began.   Following is a brief...

How Fast Will This Year’s Corn Dry?

Drydown after black layer formation varies greatly from hybrid to hybrid. Hybrid characteristics such as husk coverage and heavy test weight can have a significant impact on field drying. A general rule of thumb is that 30 GDUs are needed to lower the grain moisture...

August Soybean Update

The news is somewhat better in soybeans in that they have some time on their side in hopes of receiving rainfall.  Most soybeans are in full bloom (R1) to pod set (R2) stage of development.  They have begun to show dramatic signs of moisture stress in that they are...

Tipping Back & Pollination Issues in Corn

“Tipping Back/Pollination Issues” in cornis common this year across many geographies and hybrid maturities due to the dry weather.  We have talked about ear development earlier in the plant stages (V6) regarding the number of rows around the cob and the number of...

Fungus Amongst Us – Common Rust vs. Southern Rust

While occurring every year, this year common corn rust appears to be more prevalent than usual.  Additionally, Southern rust has been detected in Kansas and counties along the Nebraska/Kansas state lines.  It is likely that the unusual weather patterns this Spring and...