Forage Production

Don’t forget to manage micronutrients

Because of higher yields, higher commodity prices and higher costs of crop inputs, growers are reviewing all potential barriers to crop growth and production, including micronutrient deficiencies. Check out this edition of Pioneer Hi-Bred’s Crop Insights that discusses general micronutrient requirements, deficiency symptoms, soil and plant sampling and fertilization practices. FULL STORY »

Maximize corn and water investments

While irrigation has significantly enhanced corn production, concern is increasing regarding declining water resources and the future sustainability of many irrigated corn acres in the U.S. For this reason, improving management practices under declining water supplies is critical. FULL STORY »

Deal promptly with volunteer corn

Volunteer corn has proven to be more than just a nuisance, with major yield reductions to both corn and soybean crops, says Purdue University Extension weed scientist Bill Johnson. Problems with the weed arise when corn kernels that dropped during harvest persist in the soil, overwinter and grow in the spring. In many areas, volunteer corn has become increasingly difficult to control. FULL STORY »

Forage expert recommends field checks after ice storms

Farmers should examine forages as the crop emerges from dormancy to determine if they have been damaged from the recent sleet and ice storms, says a Purdue Extension specialist. FULL STORY »

Know your field history to stop disease in its tracks

Controlling crop diseases starts with keeping accurate field records even before the seeds are planted and continuing through harvest, a Purdue Extension specialist advises. FULL STORY »

How profitable is your alfalfa stand?

Is your alfalfa stand as profitable in the fourth year as it was in the second year? Or vice versa? A calculator developed by experts at the University of Wisconsin can help you make that determination. FULL STORY »

Updated reference guide allows rapid diagnosis of in-field problems

Purdue University Extension's 2011 Corn and Soybean Field Guide, a pocket-sized reference guide that allows farmers to quickly analyze troubled areas in their fields, is now available. The guide, updated annually, is filled with photographs and information to help diagnose and manage problems such as weeds, diseases and insects. FULL STORY »

Unlocking the secrets of corn roots

Researchers are examining corn root complexity and how it impacts corn development. FULL STORY »

Save soil and maintain corn yields

Early research from Iowa State University says both are possible. FULL STORY »

Now is a good time to evaluate your alfalfa stands

Experts at Pioneer Hi-Bred offer these tips to determine stand quality FULL STORY »

For top silage, know the score

For top silage, know the score. Trait scores help forage growers select the appropriate corn silage hybrids. FULL STORY »

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