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Agriculture – The Pot of Gold No One Told You About

Did you realize that agriculture is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? That question may have you shaking your head in complete disbelief. However, there are people and companies out there that think just that. Ever since Monsanto bought Climate Corp. for nearly ONE BILLION DOLLARS, every venture capitalist investment firm [...]

2019-01-11T21:07:32+00:00May 15th, 2018|Categories: Growing Corn (Maize), Precision Ag|Tags: , |

Controlling Volunteer Wheat

As wheat planting season approaches, a couple important questions arise.  When should we kill the volunteer wheat, and how soon before drilling?  Volunteer wheat needs to be controlled at least two weeks prior to drilling.  This should eliminate the majority of pests that are using the volunteer wheat as a host.  Producers may not have [...]

2019-01-11T22:31:32+00:00August 15th, 2017|Categories: Agronomic, Crop Disease, Crop Insects, Growing Corn (Maize), Growing Wheat|Tags: , |

How Split Applications Are Evolving

Recently I was asked to contribute to an article Precision Ag Professional was putting together.  The point of view from the corn belt on split applications was interesting.  I was a little surprised at the implied low number of split applications being made in the corn belt since this is a well-established practice under a [...]

Rotate Your Preplant – Preemerge Corn Herbicide Chemistry For Better Control

We all know the importance of mixing different modes of actions in post emerge herbicide programs. One area of corn herbicide management that is easy to neglect is to stay on a consistent rotation of early corn herbicides that are used preplant or preemerge. We are all creatures of habit and resist change. When we [...]

2019-01-15T22:43:21+00:00November 15th, 2016|Categories: Agronomic, Growing Corn (Maize), Integrated Pest Management|Tags: , |

Tough Times Bring Tough Decisions

Utilize common sense and new technology to your advantage. Tough economic times tends to tighten everyone's belt, and that is when farmers need to be aware of how they separate the necessary from the unnecessary. With so many products on the market today all claiming that your crop can’t do without them, it’s difficult to [...]

Late Season Plant Health Gives Important Clues to Crop Management Decisions

As we head toward the back end of the growing season, there are many clues we can look at to determine whether some of our management decisions this year paid off.  Of course, Mother Nature has a way of laying best laid plans to the side, but we can still learn something from what we [...]

Prevent Spider Mites, Don’t Fight Them

Spider mites, both the Banks Grass Mite and the Two-Spotted Spider Mite, thrive in hot and dry climates.  With this being said, corn producers in southwest Kansas can almost count on finding mites in the field year after year.  However, after a summer where this region of the country has experienced extremely high amounts of [...]

Why The Sudden Interest In Corn Nitrogen Models?

Risk management appears to top the list of reasons. Weather causes uncertainty, which leads to questions about nitrogen movement. Nitrogen (N) losses and nitrogen use vary with the weather. Many areas this spring were wetter than normal, so growers ask where did the nitrogen go? Do I have enough N remaining in that field to [...]

Rootworm Strategies

June is the typical month for scouting western corn rootworm larvae in continuous corn fields of the high plains. Agronomists understand the damage that this pest can cause, and many hours are spent digging to examine the deep and brace roots for any signs of rootworm larvae feeding. Early detection is key to minimizing damage [...]

Making Production Decisions In A Lower Commodity Price Environment

Over the past few years, we have gotten accustomed to selling corn in the $5.00 to $7.00 range. These higher prices allowed us to take a little higher risk approach to push yields goals higher than what we normally might. Through this process, we learn quicker whether there is an adequate return on investment for [...]

2019-01-14T21:40:14+00:00March 1st, 2016|Categories: Agronomic, Crop Fertilizers, Growing Corn (Maize)|Tags: , |

Organic Matter, What Is It & What Does It Do?

I came across an article in the Noble Foundation’s Ag News & Views Newsletter, a number of years ago, that does a very good job of explaining what organic matter actually does in the soil.  Much of this article was taken from that particular article. Most of us have a general sense that organic matter [...]

2019-01-11T22:32:48+00:00December 1st, 2015|Categories: Agronomic, Cover Crop, Crop Fertilizers, Growing Corn (Maize)|

Are Seed Costs a Fixed Cost?

Many producers express frustration with the cost of seed. But not necessarily because of the actual cost of a bag of seed, but because regardless of yield goal, yield potential or length of maturity, the cost of the seed remains relatively the same. Unless you adjust population, a field that raises 180 bushel of corn [...]

Diversifying Weed Control

One of the most effective weed control strategies, but is often overlooked, is cultural weed control. This method is often the most economical form of weed control because it can be as simple as adjusting practices that are already in place. In my opinion, six of the most common approaches include using narrower rows higher [...]

Corn Borer & Late Season Pest in Corn

It is that time of year again when it becomes necessary to treat the late season lepidoptera species that can infest your corn crop. The most predominant pests this time of year are normally the two species of corn borer. These worms bore into the ear or the stalk of corn plants causing economic damage. [...]

Managing Spider Mites In Corn

You have spider mites! Just the shear words to both producer and agronomist will send a cold chill down their spine. Both banks grass and two spotted mites can be the most difficult pest to control in the High Plains region. Spider mites are unique as they are not an insect but rather fall in [...]