Forage Production

Proper nitrogen application timing for corn

The goal of timing nitrogen (N) applications to corn is to supply adequate N when the crop needs it without supplying excess that potentially can be lost, say experts at Pioneer Hi-Bred. Because N reactions in the soil are closely linked to both temperature and moisture conditions, this goal often is hard to achieve. Applying N at multiple times, including the time of maximum crop uptake, can spread the risk of N loss and crop deficiency, improve profitability by reducing N rates and benefit the environment. FULL STORY »

Plan ahead for forage success this spring

Successful forage establishment or harvest is usually a result of thoughtful planning prior to the spring, reminds Phil Kaatz, Michigan State University extension forage educator. Taking the time to put a plan together will pay dividends to the novice as well as the experienced forage producer, he notes. FULL STORY »

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 »

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