Back to the Basics for Weed Control

The saying ‘all good things must come to an end’ is proving true for weed control in soybeans. Gone are the years of simply using Roundup to take care of everything (if they weren’t already for some acres). I confess … Continued

Saving Versus Earning for Seed Corn Inputs

I’m starting to get questions about costs this spring, which is not surprising given the recent COVID-19 effect on commodity prices. There are two significant components of the cost per acre equation: the number of trait technologies in the hybrid(s) … Continued

2020 Calendar of Events

January 8-9 Midwest Farm Show La Crosse Center La Crosse, WI February 6-7 Wisconsin Corn & Soy Expo Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells, WI March 3-5 Hawkeye Farm Show UNI-Dome Cedar Falls, IA January 22-23 MN Ag Expo Mankato Civic Center … Continued

Some Considerations for Winter Harvest

Late planting, a cool season and fall weather have conspired to push corn harvest into winter months in some geographies. The University of Wisconsin has studied these phenomena in the past ~25 years and I’ll try to summarize their findings … Continued

Short Husks and Exposed Ear Tips

Short husks and exposed ear tips were common this year. As a result, the exposed kernels were sometimes the target of bird feeding, insect damage and mold growth. This phenomenon has been occasionally present in the past but it seemed … Continued

The Case for SmartStax® Following Soybeans in 2020

When rootworm corn became a reality in 2003, US farmers finally had an effective tool to control a billion dollar pest. Unlike western and southern rootworm, northern rootworm is a particular problem due to extended diapause: the ability of their … Continued

The Importance of Correct Planter Settings

As I am writing this, there is still snow on the ground throughout most of the Midwest. And while it may seem that spring planting is not anytime soon, it will be here before you know it. Are you ready? … Continued

Unpacking the Yield Data in the Test Plots

Over the last few years we have been tracking latitude and longitude coordinates for our test plots. From these coordinates we are using Climate FieldView™ to extract soil type and rainfall amounts to use in our own database system with … Continued