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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 [...]

The Illusion

Is it just me, or do skeptics of GMO crops just like to consume products that have been treated with more pesticides? We hear about the marketing schemes touting non-GMO, organic, gluten-free, sustainable agriculture, or whatever other buzzword that can be used to prey on what I believe is an uninformed consumer. I have no [...]

Trends in Agriculture

As we begin a new year, we take time to reflect on what has been, and what may be coming.  2014 proved to be a pretty good year for producers across the country.  A pretty solid wheat crop was harvested, despite some chronic drought conditions over the western high plains.  The corn and soybean crop [...]

2019-01-11T22:32:49+00:00January 15th, 2015|Categories: Agronomic, Growing Corn (Maize), Growing Soybeans, Precision Ag|Tags: , |

Managing Goss’s Wilt

Many producers are in the process of choosing corn hybrids for the 2015 growing season.  In fact, early discount deadlines for some seed companies are pushing this process along quickly. One factor that must be kept in mind while choosing hybrids is evaluating the tolerance or susceptibility to Goss’s Bacterial Wilt. Over the past 5-10 [...]

2019-01-15T22:45:21+00:00December 1st, 2014|Categories: Agronomic, Crop Disease, Growing Corn (Maize), Integrated Pest Management|Tags: , |

On The Flip Side

“Heads or tails?” demands the referee as the coin is tossed into the air.  Every football game begins with a choice, heads or tails. We play a similar game in agriculture.  It seems like with the flip of a coin, commodity prices are going up or coming down.  Just like in football, we have to [...]

2019-01-11T22:32:49+00:00November 1st, 2014|Categories: Growing Corn (Maize), Precision Ag|Tags: , |

Zinc Fertilizer Sources

Kevin & Christine Grooms, Owners/Operators of American Agricultural Laboratory. Zinc (Zn) is a micronutrient critical for proper growth and development in plants. Although we do not fully understand zinc’s specific role, it is certain that zinc is involved in the production of chlorophyll, protein, and various enzymes involved in metabolic reactions for proper [...]

Applying Insecticides to Refuges

Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) is a protein inserted into plant genes such as corn, that is toxic to certain insect pests.  Bt corn is used by many farmers and is very beneficial to the management of insect pests.  To avoid insect resistance to Bt genes there must be a nearby refuge.  The refuge is a similar [...]

Rootworm Control Can Be Complicated

The dynamics of managing rootworm larvae and adults has changed tremendously the past 10 to 15 years.  Before the onset of Bt Corn Rootworm (CRW) genetics, before the practice of controlling adults (beetle bombing) for the purpose of controlling next year’s larva population, granular soil insecticides were the norm, and were very effective. These events [...]

Good Weed Control is NOT Just about the Herbicide

During the growing season, there are numerous (too many) opportunities to treat weeds post-emerge – both in crop and on summer fallow ground.  It is important to keep a few things in mind to insure proper weed control after making your herbicide choice. The herbicide and proper rate alone does not insure you will attain [...]

Making Sense of Corn Refuges

Managing and complying with corn refuges is always a challenge.  Insect control traits built into the seed has proven to be a great integrated pest management tool for corn growers.  The need for refuges is related to resistance management.  In order for these traits to have a shelf life, we can’t afford to allow resistant [...]

2019-01-15T19:46:02+00:00April 1st, 2014|Categories: Agronomic, Growing Corn (Maize)|Tags: |

Planter Tune-Up Tips

Time really flies doesn’t it?  It’s already 2014 and for a lot of you, corn will begin to go into the ground in 60 days.  Our producers in Uvalde, Texas are already running! So is that planter ready for the season?  Just remember that this pass through the field will be the most important one [...]

2019-01-11T22:32:49+00:00February 1st, 2014|Categories: Agronomic, Growing Corn (Maize), Planting|

Choosing The Right Corn Hybrid

Looking in the corn yield test plot booklet and selecting the top yielding corn hybrid for the last year is not the best way to select corn seed for planting this coming year. There should be lots of planning that goes into making this decision between the farmer, the corn seed dealer and the agronomist [...]

2019-01-14T21:15:11+00:00January 15th, 2014|Categories: Agronomic, Growing Corn (Maize)|Tags: , , |

Water Issues In The Southwest

We’ve probably all seen the drought maps that the National Weather Service reports, and how the Midwest and Southwest have been in extreme or severe drought situations for the last two to three summers.  The rains in August and the monsoon season in the Southwest have helped a lot, but the situation hasn’t been remedied [...]

2019-01-15T22:56:24+00:00December 15th, 2013|Categories: Agronomic, Crop Irrigation, Drought, Growing Alfalfa, Growing Corn (Maize)|Tags: |

Stalk Rot Could Be Prevalent This Year In Corn

Late season plant health can determine whether a corn crop will maximize grain fill, and reward farmers with those extra bushels, or if there will be standability issues and yield loss at harvest due to diseases in the stalk and the ear. In many areas, there has been standing water in fields this year due [...]

2019-01-15T22:45:21+00:00September 1st, 2013|Categories: Agronomic, Crop Disease, Growing Corn (Maize), Integrated Pest Management|Tags: , |

Estimating Corn Yields

Many of us are looking forward to pulling into that first corn field with a combine this fall and see the results of all our hard work, and finally find out how Mother Nature treated us this year.  We get asked a lot about estimating corn yield well before the combine gets to the field.  [...]

2019-01-14T21:27:36+00:00August 15th, 2013|Categories: Agronomic, Growing Corn (Maize)|Tags: |