Cover Crops

Cover crops can offer environmental and economic benefits in sustainable agronomic systems. Understanding more about them and the tools that are available to aid in learning how to maximize their benefits can help the positive attributes be realized. Spotlight on Cover Crops

Green Stem Syndrome in Soybeans

Soybean harvest is underway in many regions and some farmers are reporting fields with symptoms of green stem syndrome.  Green stem syndrome occurs when soybean pods and seeds mature but the stem remains green.   When producers proceed to harvest according to seed moisture content, the green stems can make for a slow and difficult harvest. …

Charcoal Rot in Soybeans

With hot, dry weather comes the increased risk of charcoal rot. This fungal disease works opposite the normal crop fungal disease;  its presence is most intense during hot, dry conditions rather than moist ones. It infects corn and soybean plants among others, but yield loss is most significant in soybeans. Agronomic Alert: Charcoal Rot in…

Rapid Growth Syndrome

Rapid growth syndrome may be known by many aliases, including buggy whipping, accelerated growth syndrome, roping, wrapped whorls, onion leafing, twisted corn syndrome, and twisted whorls. Rapid growth syndrome describes a situation where, in random plants across a cornfield, the uppermost plant leaves are tightly rolled and do not unfurl normally. Agronomic Spotlight – Rapid…

Cold Temperature Damage to Small Corn

Recent weather patterns have exposed corn to cold temperatures. Understanding the effects of these weather conditions on corn at different growth stages can help determine the best management options. Additionally, waiting three to five days after the weather event can allow for a more accurate assessment of plant health. Agronomic Alert- Cold temperatures on small…