Forage Production

Stress on corn at pollination

There is not a lot of good news for the 2012 Illinois corn crop, but there has been recent rainfall in some places, and 46 percent of the crop was silking by July 1, far earlier than normal. Silks are abundant, and leaf color remains good in fields where plants have had enough water to get to a height of 5 feet or more. FULL STORY »

The effect of high heat and drought on corn

High temperatures can cause problems in corn even when soil moisture is adequate — and will compound problems in drought-stressed corn. Hot, dry conditions are particularly damaging during pollination. FULL STORY »

Drought puts corn pollination process in jeopardy

This year’s corn needs rain and needs it soon. The next couple weeks are critical for corn pollination, because silk growth and tassel pollen-shed must be in sync to create corn kernels. That coordination relies on water. FULL STORY »

Spotted knapweed in dairy pastures and hay fields

As dairy producers, we like our spots, but the spotted knapweed is definitely not on the good list. FULL STORY »

How extended high heat disrupts corn pollination

In years when we get high day and nighttime temperatures coinciding with the peak corn pollination period, we can expect problems. Continual heat exposure before and during pollination worsens the response. FULL STORY »

Is your corn suffering from drought or Goss’s Wilt?

Once you have it, you’ll have it forever, and that is not a good thing, because the bacteria which cause Goss’s Wilt will stay in crop residue over the winter to infect the next crop. The problem is moving rapidly from the Western Corn Belt eastward, and heavy winds that blew through the Eastern Corn Belt this weekend may have helped spread it even faster. FULL STORY »

Drought stress and corn pollination

Most of the corn is going through tassel and pollination, which is well ahead of the five-year average, and the worst possible time to experience temperatures in the high 90's F (35 C or more). FULL STORY »

Alfalfa management considerations in a drought

An established alfalfa plant has a deep taproot that enables the plant to extract moisture from the soil and continue growing even under drought conditions. FULL STORY »

Managing your alfalfa crop following a hectic spring season

Let your alfalfa blossom during the summer to capture some carbohydrates. FULL STORY »

Could sugar help drought stressed corn?

The dry weather has farmers looking for any options to alleviate drought stress. Some are tempted to try sugar. FULL STORY »

Watch for Japanese beetle on 'silking' corn

Although Japanese beetles will feed on corn leaves, its only real importance is when feeding on emerging silks. This silk feeding can interfere with pollination resulting in incomplete kernel set. FULL STORY »

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