Reduce Harvest Losses in Soybean and Corn

Some grain loss during harvest is inevitable.

Measuring grain loss behind the combine can identify higher than acceptable grain loss.

Taking the time to make combine adjustments can significantly reduce excess grain loss.

The combine owner’s manual is the best guide for correct combine settings.

Spotlight: Reduce harvest losses in soybean and corn

Minimizing Weed Seed Transfer at Harvest

It is critical to begin harvesting a field with clean equipment. Harvest equipment must be cleaned before moving between fields, especially if the harvested field was infested with weeds. Avoid leasing or purchasing used harvest equipment from an area with herbicide resistant weeds. Vacuuming, sweeping, and using compressed air and/or water are the best methods…


Combine Preparation Can Help Maximize Yield Potential

A poorly adjusted combine can cause yield and profit losses. Acceptable combine loss levels are 1 bushel or less per acre in corn and 1 to 2 bushes per acre in soybean. Harvest loss can be reduced when growers are aware of what machinery and operating adjustments should be made. Spotlight: Combine Preparation Can Help Maximize…


When to Terminate Irrigation in Soybean Production

– Timing of irrigation is an important factor in soybean production for optimum growth and yield.

– Soybean seed fill growth stage (R5-R6) is an important irrigation time to avoid moisture stress.

– Timely irrigation management may help to increase and stabilize crop yields long-term.

Spotlight: Soybean Production

Goss’s Wilt – Diagnosis and Sample Submission

– Goss’s wilt is also called Goss’s bacterial wilt, leaf freckles and wilt of corn, and Nebraska bacterial wilt and leaf freckles. – Proper identification of Goss’s wilt is essential for effective management in future plantings. – Knowing the life cycle of the pathogen, identifying symptoms, and the environmental conditions for development can be helpful for…


Corn Pollination and Fertilization

Next to planting and stand establishment, the process of corn pollination and fertilization is one of the most important phases of crop development. While successful pollination and fertilization depends greatly on environmental conditions, there are several management considerations that can help optimize the process. Understanding the components and factors involved in the process is the…