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Weekly Crop Report - August 11, 2017
 
Jake Wilken - Ashkum, IL
 
Rainfall: We have not gotten any rainfall this week but some nice showers last week and some very heavy dews have left us in really good shape.
 
Corn: The corn is filling ears and doing so nicely, most of the ears that I have looked at are 16-18 around and pretty long, seems like kernel depth will be the biggest yield factor this year.  There continues
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Weekly Crop Report - August 4, 2017
 
Jake Wilken - Ashkum, IL
 
Corn-: With some of the rain this last week the corn is continuing to even up, the replant corn is about the same height as the first planted, a lot of corn is brown silked now and the pollination appears to have gone well.  The ears are pretty good sized, but there are still a lot of wet holes so that will hurt the overall yield, but all in all it seems to
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Weekly Crop Report - July 28, 2017
 
Josh Sullivan - Morrisonville, IL
 
Rainfall: we received .2 tenths of rain on the farm, Wednesday night sure was a nice soaker. We had 5.7inches at our main farm shop and I got 2.5 inches at my home at the southern edge of christian country.
 
Corn: Overall the corn crop did not show much heat stress; however the the lighter color soil stressed the
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Weekly Crop Report - July 21, 2017
 
Josh Sullivan - Morrisonville, IL
 
Rainfall:We received 8 tenths of rain on Sunday night on the farm.
 
Corn:Corn pollination has been very good and has the potential for a high yield. However some of the corn is showing some firing of the lower leaves.
 
Soybeans:Soybeans are still growing but have not started to set any pods.
 
Other:The heat will be very hot this week reaching close to 98 on
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Weekly Crop Report - July 14, 2017
 
Jake Wilken - Ashkum, IL
 
Corn- The replant corn continues to catch up to the first planted corn, so the corn fields are evening up and making the fields look a little bit better.  Stand counts are in the 29-32,000 range for the most part.  Within 4 or 5 miles you can see corn all the way from v5 or v6 to tassel so it varies greatly.
 
Soybeans- With the rain and heat this last
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Residual Herbicides and Cover Crop Establishment

By Sean Jordal

For all the benefits corn and soybean growers are seeing associated with Cover Crop applications, the number of acres being planted to Cover Crops continues to rise.

At the same time, with more persistent weeds showing tolerance to glyphosate herbicide programs in recent years, another rising trend involves growers adding tank mix partners and other modes of action that provide some residual weed control for their Cash Crops.

When these two trends converge, it can be problematic, leaving growers wondering about the effect that any

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Apart from having productivity goals that extend beyond a single season, 365-day yield strategies to increase APH are also characterized by multiple, sometimes subtle, decisions that collectively, expand yield potential.

As growers refine their hybrid packages for 2017, one of the understated factors worth considering involves the process of selecting ear type and leaf orientation based on soil characteristics.

Low-Productivity Acres = Flex Ear + Open Architecture Leaf

Ground historically known for lower productivity, due to the likes of drought stress or poor organic matter, is often best

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The 2016 corn crop for most areas of Illinois is setting up to be one of the largest in history.  High yielding crops cause a lot of nutrient strain on the plant as it attempts to fill ears to their maximum potential.  When plants run short of available nutrients from the soil, translocation starts to take place leaving the lower portions of the plant open for late season integrity issues either from cannibalization, stalk diseases or both.

Stalk rots are common in the Midwest and are in every field to some extent. Identifying the specific type of stalk rot is easier during early

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As seen in Illinois AgriNews

Because of the benefits corn and soybean growers are seeing associated with Cover Crop applications, the number of acres being planted to Cover Crops continues to rise.

At the same time, with more persistent weeds showing tolerance to glyphosate herbicide programs in recent years, another rising trend involves growers adding tank mix partners and other modes of action that provide some residual weed control for their Cash Crops.

When these two trends converge, it can be problematic, leaving growers wondering about the effect that any related herbicide residue

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Some may feel the 2016 crop is off and running at a slower than desirable pace with just 66% of the state's corn crop planted.  When compared to recent history, we are well beyond the five year average of 38%.  This would mimic what I have been hearing across our sales territories from our Seed Specialists.  The recent rains and cool weather have slowed recent progress on those numbers but we are in very good shape nonetheless.  Our current GDU accumulation is running a little behind schedule, with 440 GDU's accumulated (Normal, IL.).  Based on an April

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As seen in Illinois AgriNews - http://www.agrinews-pubs.com/Content/News/Rural-Voices/Article/Check-soils-for-micronutrients-/8/15/15133

When accounting for the broad range of factors that can affect yield potential, it’s extremely important to evaluate the soil’s micronutrient profile—that mix of seven essential minerals growers can often overlook while making more conventional NPK fertility decisions.

Why Micronutrients Are Important

Crop production involves 16 basic elements, seven of which are micronutrients—boron, chlorine, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum and zinc—that all serve

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Killing Annual Ryegrass

Annual ryegrass is an outstanding cover crop for building soil health.  The goal is a successful control following the first herbicide application.  There are several key factors to keep in mind when it comes to terminating this cover crop.
 
Temperature
- Glyphosate requires a minimum air temperature of 60 degrees
- Soil temperature should be 45 degrees
 
Timing
- Spray after the dew is dry and stop by mid-afternoon to allow 4-5 hours of sunlight for herbicide to translocate
 
Top Growth
- Allow your stand to be completely green and grow 6 to
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As seen in Illinois AgriNews - http://www.agrinews-pubs.com/Content/News/Rural-Voices/Article/Consider-residue-breakdown-and-mineralization-/8/15/15132

To optimize corn production, producers should today pay close attention to carbon-to-nitrogen ratio and mineralization, as they manage soil nutrients in the spring and fall. The fall harvest date and the spring’s temperature and moisture levels have a significant impact on the breakdown of crop residue and mineralization, the release of nutrients into the soil.

Breakdown of Crop Residue

We know that the higher the carbon–nitrogen ratio

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As seen in Illinois AgriNews on February 9th 2016

When is innovation just high-tech hoopla, and when does it have a real place on the farm? That’s the question many growers are pondering with the rise of the agricultural drone—a device that, while intriguing, leaves many wondering how they could really put one to productive use in an ag operation.

But, before dismissing the notion, growers ought to consider the data. In one study, for example, conducted by Informa Economics and Measure (Des Moines Register, July 21, 2015), researchers projected that, through the use of drones, corn,

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Matching Soils to Ear Type when Selecting Hybrids

As seen in January 14th Agrinews

 

Apart from having productivity goals that extend beyond a single season, 365-day yield strategies to increase APH are also characterized by multiple, sometimes subtle, decisions that, collectively, expand yield potential.

As growers refine their hybrid packages for 2016, one of the understated factors worth considering involves the process of selecting ear type and leaf orientation based on soil characteristics. 

 

Low-Productivity Acres = Flex Ear + Open-Architecture Leaf

Ground

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ProHarvest President, Randy Wilken, addresses members at the 27th annual Independent Professional Seed

Association (IPSA) conference in St. Louis, Missouri. After serving as the Association’s first Vice President in

2015, Randy is stepping into the role of IPSA President for 2016.

The opportunities before independent seed companies in today’s market are tremendous. Since its formation in 1989, the Independent Professional SeedAssociation (IPSA) has served as an advocate for growers and customers, now representing nearly 100 seed companies in 25 states, as well as Canada and Mexico.

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Topics Covered:

- Long term research on cover crops- Illinois State University
- Cover crop establishment and spring management considerations
- Managing Herbicides for a cover crop program
- New Products for 2016

February 3rd, 2016
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Bloomington Airport
3202 East Empire Street, Bloomington, IL 61704
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Lunch provided.  Open to everyone, free of charge.  Please RSVP by January 25, 2016 to the Ashkum office at 866.807.7015.

Check out our News and Events to find an event near you.  We will be updating this daily with field

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Topics covered include:

- Improvements for soil health

- Cover Crops that work

- Informational networking with exhibitors & speakers

Times: 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Dates and Locations of the seminars:

January 26th, 2016 
The I Hotel and Conference Center
1900 South First Street, Champaign, IL 

January 27th, 2016
Lewis and Clark Community College
5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey, IL 

January 28th, 2016
The Camden Centre
2701 First Street East, Milan, IL 

Register online here or contact the Ashkum office (866.807.7015) for a registration form.  $20 registration

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As seen in Illinois AgriNews on October 23th 2015

With all the work that growers have to tackle this time of year, it may seem premature to think about 2016 spring planting. Yet, shifting from a linear, “one season at a time” approach to a more 365-day yield strategy can pay measurable dividends—especially in increasing actual production-harvest numbers. 

The fact of the matter is growers can proactively affect 2016-yield potential right now by making a few postharvest decisions to promote an ideal seedbed for next season.

Optimize Fall Tillage Opportunities

Fall tillage

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As seen in Illinois AgriNews on September 18th 2015

The dry, warm weather in August has quickly matured crops, and it won’t be long before combines start rolling. For optimum yield potential and labor efficiency, growers can use five factors to evaluate their fields and establish a smart harvest-sequence schedule.

  1. Overall plant health

Developing a harvest strategy starts with looking broadly at each field’s overall plant health. Some trouble-free fields can withstand a little drydown, depending on prior nitrogen management and drainage. More likely, however, given the wet spring and

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Join us for a great meal
 and new product information.

Tuesday, August 18

4:00-8:00 p.m.

Plot tours throughout the evening for corn, soybeans, and cover crops.

PLUS:

Drone demonstration over fields. See how this innovative technology can benefit your business.

Yield 365 Strategy: What Growers Can Expect This Fall? -presented by Sean Jordal, Agronomist.

How To Produce High-Yielding Soybeans? -presented

by Doug Goodman, Peterson Genetics.

Join Us!

 

 

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As we wind ourselves through the dog days of summer, I thought a summary of agronomic opportunities in corn would be good to review.

1.) Pollination:  The most critical 5 - 8 days of your corn plants life.  At this point the corn plant stops developing more leaves and root mass has primarily established.  Stresses endured during this time period and beyond directly impact final yield.

a.) Most corn pollination takes place mid-morning to early afternoon, when conditions are dry and before the hottest portion of the day.

b.) An average ear has between 750-1000 silks.  Each

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The delays this spring and early summer attributable to heavy rainfall, many of the corn and especially soybean fields that didn't get a foundation herbicide are starting to get a little, well for lack of a better term, UGLY.  With this in mind I thought a quick reminder of usage rates and tank-mix partners might be helpful this week.  I just hope we get a chance to use them.

Glyphosate can be applied over the top of Roundup Ready soybeans up to 1.5 lb ae/acre.  This is equivalent to 44 fl oz of Roundup PowerMax/WeatherMax, 48 fl oz of Touchdown Total or Durango DMA/Duramax, or

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June 09

As seen in Illinois AgriNews

Because of the benefits corn and soybean growers are seeing associated with Cover Crop applications, the number of acres being planted to Cover Crops continues to rise.

At the same time, with more persistent weeds showing tolerance to glyphosate herbicide programs in recent years, another rising trend involves growers adding tank mix partners and

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