Ron Cornish has been named General Manager of AgVenture, Inc. In a unique dual role, Cornish will continue leading Alforex Seeds as General Manger in addition to leading AgVenture; although Alforex and AgVenture will continue to operate as separate commercial entities and continue to execute their respective business plans.
AgVenture’s experts agree that a fungicide application, or two, made money for corn growers again in the 2020 crop year. What isn’t so obvious is what to do about a fungicide application in soybeans.
The start of corn harvest looks very different for many operations. At Cutting Edge Consulting, we believe that there are significantly higher yields to be had if we start harvesting corn around 25-26% or higher moisture and then dry it down.
There is a big US crop out there. That may be a hard statement to hear for those who have suffered a loss due to nasty weather incursions this summer. But it is true, and it is true in many parts of the country. Not just corn…there will be a bonus soybean crop too.
Timely planting this spring likely means an earlier harvest than last year. As you begin making harvest plans, factor in fall tillage and weed control as well.
A key piece of harvest preparation includes estimating yield. Much of the Corn Belt experienced high heat during pollination and that can have an impact on kernel set, which in turn impacts yield.
Extra caterpillar activity has been observed in soybeans so far this year and experts from Iowa State University expect late-season infestations in corn.
Late-summer alfalfa seeding is necessary when a spring seeding has failed or an older stand is deemed unproductive. This timing will allow the establishment of alfalfa fields with an improved chance of success.
Heavy winds experienced in the August 10 derecho dramatically damaged crops across central Iowa, northern Illinois and other portions of the Corn Belt. In the aftermath, the question is raised: How do I deal with my damaged corn?
Southern corn rust, a fungus caused by Puccinia polysora, thrives in temperatures above 80 F with high humidity, particularly if corn has been planted late.