Approaching the Finish Line
By Jeff Brown, Agronomy Manager
At this point in the season, everyone is more than ready for harvest to get underway. Like you, we are anxious to begin harvesting our replicated trials at the Innovation Farm, as well as the side-by-side trials throughout our footprint. From a numbers standpoint, we will be gathering data from more than 200 different plots at the Innovation Farm and more than 100 side-by-side comparisons with grower cooperators. Analyzing this information is a huge effort, but we feel the challenge is worth it as we work to actionable data at the grower level to inform their decisions for 2016 and beyond.
One of the final tests we performed at the Innovation Farm was to collect and analyze stalk nitrate samples from our N-rate study plots. We expect these tests to tell us which nitrogen treatments supplied sufficient nitrogen, and which were either deficient or delivered too much N. This information, combined with yield results, will prove beneficial in creating a nitrogen yield response curve.
Taking a final pre-harvest look at the crops in our area, it’s apparent that recent weather events have changed the landscape in some locations. Like you, we’re seeing some leaning soybeans. Be patient, as many of these plants will become more upright as the leaves begin to drop. As Tal mentions in his article, I believe that overall stalk quality has been very good. However, with the recent winds, please be diligent in checking your fields.
Thanks to all those who attended our field day at the Innovation Farm. The weather couldn’t have been better, and we enjoyed a great day of hands-on observation and learning.