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Archives for September 2016

September 22, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel discusses the 2016 farm crops with Russ Higgins. Richard talks with Russ about this year's harvest season. Crop yields are certainly hitting earlier expectations. Record yields along with record weed growth means harvest is taking a bit longer. There is more grain to move, more of the corn plant and weeds need to move through the combine and that typically means travel speeds across the fields has to be reduced. Following harvest, depending on the crop management system, fields will be left covered with crop residue. Other fields will be tilled leaving some residue on the surface.

 
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September 8, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel discusses the 2016 farm crops with Russ Higgins. Russ details more on how and when pollination occurs with field corn. Corn has both male and female flowers, but not together. The tassels (male flowers) appear on the top of the corn plant with the female flowers in the ear and pollination takes place by a pollen grain traveling down the silk into the ear. Corn is wind pollinated

 
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September 1, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel discusses the 2016 farm crops with Russ Higgins. The weather this year has been really good and are expecting some record yields. We had lots of water the week before and after corn pollination to ensure good yields, soybeans have also enjoyed good pod fill. Corn is about 90% finished filling out the ear. Secondary crops have also done well this season with harvest starting early this year.

 
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