Soybean Seedling Diseases

Wet, poorly drained soils and air temperatures below 68° F can be typical during spring planting and crop emergence.  These characteristics favor the development of fungal pathogens that cause soybean seedling diseases. Germination and plant growth can also be reduced. It is important to take steps that may help prevent soybean seedling diseases and scout…


Planting a Range of Soybean Maturities

Stress can lower yield potential in soybeans, especially if the stress occurs during specific growth stages.  Planting a range of soybean maturities, that are adapted to your geography, can help reduce the risk of potential yield loss by spreading out flowering, seed fill, and physiological maturity.  Staggering soybean maturities can also maximize yield potential by…


Soil Testing

Whether it is with site specific grid sampling, or more traditional methods, soil testing is the most useful means of determining what inventories of nutrients are available for crop production. In a period of rising fertilizer prices, soil testing allows a grower to prioritize fertilizer applications, and focus on inputs that will provide the greatest…


Reducing Soil Compaction This Spring

Soil compaction can be a serious concern in moist soils, especially this spring when getting ready to start fieldwork. Compaction has become a problem in recent years due to an increase of field equipment size and weight. Damage to soil structure occurs when working too moist of soil. Compaction can negatively impact plant growth and…


Soybean Fertility: Functions, Deficiency, Management

Nutrients are required for water transport and photosynthesis processes, and protein and oil production in the plant. Nutrient deficiencies are one of the causes of leaf discoloration and/or chlorosis that might be observed in a soybean field and can decrease plant growth and reduce yield potential. It is beneficial to understand the function of a…


Understanding Corn Test Weight

Test weight is a term that is often misunderstood. Confusion arises from the belief there is an economic benefit to high test weight grain and that high test weights contribute to yield. In reality neither of these perceptions is true.

Agronomic Spotlight – Understanding Corn Test Weight

Tillers in Corn Separate the Fact from Fiction

Tillers are vegetative or reproductive shoots that grow from the base of grass plants. Corn is a highly specialized grass plant. While tillers are an essential part of wheat, barley, and oat production, they are perceived to be far less desirable in corn. They are commonly referred to as “suckers,” because of the old wives…