Jake's Farm Journal

Corn and Stalk Rots: A Watch Out in 2015

The Liqui-Grow locations and surrounding vicinity in east-central and southeast IA—as well as those in northwest IL—have experienced above normal precipitation in the 2015 growing season. Precipitation ranged from about 19-to-28 inches for the period from May 1 through August 25, with most of this precipitation falling in June and July. This excess precipitation has caused…
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Following Up on Corn Fungicide Thoughts for 2015

In my first agronomy update regarding fungicides for corn in 2015, we found that when some foliar diseases are present, foliar fungicides tend to increase yields more than when there are no diseases present. In addition to this not so surprising finding, we also discovered that environments most at-risk for foliar disease development tended to…
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Corn and Foliar Fungicides in 2015

Last week, we determined foliar pesticide applications to soybean in 2015 will likely be a profitable business decision. In fact, we discovered that insurance based applications would have, on average, been profitable over the last several years. So for corn, will insurance-based foliar fungicide applications pay in 2015? If not, can we target or “predict”…
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Soybean and Foliar Pesticides in 2015

With soybean prices falling from historical highs—and more than a decade of research evaluating “protective” (just in case) applications of foliar fungicides and insecticides—what have we learned? Does this practice pay? Article Summary The more than 500 trials I’ve summarized from across the Central and Northern Corn-Belt suggests fungicide alone, or fungicide+insecticide applied as a…
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Ken’s Final Blog

I leave you with the following comments and reflections in this, my final blog.  Ag Life Our crop at the Agronology 10 Research Center was planted later than normal and experienced some rather significant weather events.  At growth stage V5 to V6, a straight line wind flattened the entire corn crop. Then, at V10 to V12 the crop…
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Farm Bill 2014

Today through March 31, 2015, the farmer has the vitally important opportunity to reallocate their farm’s base acres and/or update yields to reflect current practices.  Additionally, the farm can also make the decision for the five year period, 2014 through 2018, for Price Loss Coverage (PLC) or Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC). Learn more For further…
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K and Rootworm Corn

Dr. Fred Below and others at the University of Illinois have demonstrated that rootworm traited corn requires more potassium than non-rootworm traited corn. Dr. Below reported that a 200 bu/a corn crop will take up 274 lbs. K20 per acre or approximately 1.4 lbs. K20 per bushel produced. In his study, he utilized six different hybrid…
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Soybeans with High Yields

At the Agronology 10 Research Center at Walcott, Iowa, in the last four years (2011-2014) the soybean yields have truly been outstanding.  The package of management factors employed has included: Early planting date Ready 2 Yield Soybeans with excellent disease control packages Good soil test P & K values 91% of the soybeans had a…
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Fall Harvest for 2014

I have finished harvesting both our corn and soybeans at the Agronology 10 Research Center on September 30, 2014.  Harvesting surprises One of the biggest fall harvesting surprises occurred on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. On Tuesday evening, we began harvesting our maturity group 2.9 soybeans with temperatures in the middle 80’s. Wednesday morning it was cold (55°),…
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