Growers across the region have made comments of their combines being covered in “black dust” while harvesting their corn fields. It wasn’t until the second half of October, when the rains began to set in, that these observations started to arise.
It seems that many fields across the country have been experiencing ear drop issues. Recognizing that it is not an issue with any one brand or variety, specifically is important. Collectively across brands, there have been issues with ears on the ground prior to or during harvest. This not only indicates yield loss and causes unneeded frustration, but it could lead to unwanted volunteer corn in the field next year.
New for 2020 SEEDWAY entered the Farmers Independent Research of Seed Technologies (F.I.R.S.T) Variety Trials to see how our silage hybrids stacked up against the competition and we were not disappointed! Tested in 3 replicates at 4 locations for 2 independent regions, F.I.R.S.T silage trials provide yield and quality for many seed companies within the region.
Recently, soybean fields around the Northeast have finally seen some much-needed rain. Many fields entered a long period of little to no rainfall after the seed entered the ground. Once the plants emerged, the only real stressors we encountered were due to the droughty conditions. However, after the last few weeks of warm, wet weather, disease presence in soybean fields has become evident.
As we move into spring and early summer with green pastures ahead, cattle will begin to get a fair amount of their nutrients from these forage diets. Depending on the pasture makeup and maturity, there is potential that the diet provided is not balanced in a manner to allow efficient production of milk and meat.
See what Chuck Elam, SEEDWAY Watermelon Product Manager has to say about Nunhem’s SuperSeedless 7197HQ Watermelon during his visit in Arcadia, FL. Even in adverse growing conditions 7197HQ is an iron horse and produces! See for yourself!
In mid-April when our thoughts turned to planting corn hoping for an early planting season, Mother Nature had other plans in mind. Many regions in the east experienced cool, wet conditions which raised concerns about planting early. Let’s review some talking points surrounding what we need to consider before we pull out the planter.
We have seen a decrease in the crop removal rates over the last several years as we learn more about how crops utilize the nutrients. It is important to note the difference between crop removal and crop requirements. Use soil tests to determine how much of each nutrient is available in your soils and then fertilize accordingly.