Crop residue in fields tends to hold excess water and can significantly lower soil temperature in the spring. Where excess residue is directly around newly planted seed, it may deprive developing seedlings of essential heat units necessary for rapid emergence.
Which fields are ready to plant first? Often it is the sandier soils as they are first to dry. But sandy soils also have lower water holding capacity and are more porous making them at greater risk from temperature fluctuations.
Using AgVenture’s Security™ Seed Treatments improves your crops’ ability to withstand early season environmental stresses.
Planting before a cold period with rain and/or snow can greatly impede stand establishment and resulting yield potential. Corn seed once in the ground wants to germinate.
Ideal temperature for planting occurs when soil temperatures are above 50℉ and temperatures are on a rising trajectory. At this temperature, seed will imbibe roughly 30 percent of its weight in water.
Factors that inhibit ideal emergence and promote seedling disease include extended cool and wet conditions or exceptionally dry or crusted seedbeds following planting.
Crop roots are an essential lifeline to higher yields. Beyond foundational structure and support, roots provide crops vital food and water intake that allow plants to thrive.
You’re off to a good start with your AgVenture seed.
Planting corn early has many advantages, but when do risks outweigh rewards?
The Agriculture Department Economic Research Service recently released a report on tillage intensity and conservation cropping practices. Conservation tillage was used on a majority of wheat (67 percent), corn (65 percent), and soybeans (70 percent) acres.
Checking fields for Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is best done in the fall prior to soils freezing, but wet weather has prevented many growers from collecting samples.
This season saw many weather challenges during soybean harvest. Wet and delayed harvest conditions contributed to lodging.
By 2030, it is estimated that 70 percent of all farmland will have changed hands within a two-decade period. A USDA report estimates that in the next 5 years alone, 10 percent of the country’s 911 million acres of farm land will be changing ownership.
Across the country in 2018, the average rate to rent cropland was $138 per acre, 2 percent higher than in 2017. According to USDA, Irrigated cropland rental rate per acre averaged $215, up from $212 in 2017.
Ideal composition of soil is 50 percent soil solids, 25 percent water and 25 percent air. Compaction results from the loss of pore space between soil particles. Soil structure is altered when forces such as harvest equipment traffic compresses soil.
Crops growing on boron deficient soils often just quit growing. Little was known about how Boron (B) supported crop growth until just the past few years.
Tar spot complex is a relatively new disease to U.S. corn producers. First identified in 2015, it rapidly took hold in many fields this year. Two types of fungi in tar spot complex produce different yield effects.
Managing heavy corn residue can be challenging, but Iowa State University says tillage is not always the most effective or profitable solution.
If you’re considering baling stalks, remember to consider the fertilizer costs for replacing what nutrients you take out of the field.