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Corn and Late Planting

Posted by John Fulton -

With the wet, cool spring we've had in 2009, many are concerned about the effects of late planting. While there are averages we can look at, 2008 showed us what variability was all about. Mid-June planted corn and soybeans last year provided above trend-line yields in many cases, of course all bets were off if water continuously forced replants into July (and then some)....

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Does Treated Soybean Seed Pay? - from Mike Roegge

Posted by John Fulton -

Is there a benefit to planting treated (insecticide and/or fungicide) soybean seed? I'm not sure there is a correct answer, but rather it depends upon several factors. If these protectants do their job, then you could conceivably reduce your planted population, which may or may not save you some money, depending upon the cost of the treatment compared to the cost savings of a reduced population...

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Seed Cost and Planting Rate for Corn - from Mike Roegge

Posted by John Fulton -

Work recently completed at the U of I Orr Research Center, in Perry (and replicated across the state at the other 5 research farms) investigated the optimal corn planting date and population. This work was conducted to update previous research that was somewhat dated. Other Midwestern Universities research supports this data as well. Producers have steadily increased corn po...

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Spring Soil Fertility and Fertilizers - from Mike Roegge

Posted by John Fulton -

It's getting crunch time. April 1 st is here and past and as I write this the prediction is for rain two of the next 4 days. Many of you have yet to apply dry fertilizer for this years crop, and quite a few corn acres need nitrogen applied as well. The days are going to be long this spring. Fertilizer prices have really eased since last fall. They're still very hig...

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