Check Your Fields to Schedule Harvest
Early planting will mean an early harvest for some in our area, as April-planted seed fields are already being combined, with some commercial fields to follow shortly. Some early beans are turning as well. As we’re walking fields in anticipation of harvest, we’re seeing quite a bit of diplodia stalk and ear rot. So, it’s a good idea to check your fields for stalk integrity and ear problems and prioritize harvest based on what you find.
Our Innovation Farm field day on August 23 exceeded expectations, with more than 200 people in attendance. We had in-depth discussions about weed management, upgrades to our Data On Touch platform and our nitrogen management studies.
We’ve been tracking four different nitrogen application rates and timing combinations in our nitrogen management studies. By the time the corn hits black layer, we will have soil sampled those test plots four times. With every year of data we generate, our nitrogen model becomes even more effective. Presently, we’re modifying the model to more accurately represent what we’re seeing in our soil sampling for nitrate and ammonium.
By the numbers, we have nearly 140 grower cooperator side-by-side trials from which we’re anxious to begin collecting data. At the Innovation Farm, we are testing 25 different products for both corn and soybeans in replicated trials. All of this research is focused on generating local data so you can make an informed decision on the hybrids, varieties and products that will give the best return on investment under your growing conditions.