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Harvest Begins at the Research Center

Posted by Robert Bellm -

The title of today's column is true. I wish that it wasn't. After careful evaluation, and considerable time spent looking for ears in the field, we have decided to destroy around half of the corn acreage planted on the Center this spring. The picture above shows exactly how the "harvesting" is being accomplished. This is the same field that was...

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Drought and Herbicide Carryover Questions

Posted by Robert Bellm -

One question growers keep asking is "What effect will this summer's drought have on the potential for herbicide carryover?" Sometimes the question is related to the potential for injury to this fall's wheat seeding, and sometimes it is related to the potential for injury to next spring's soybean or corn crop. Although herbicide labels normally state a "rotational interval," (the length...

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Montgomery County Corn Yield Survey

Posted by Robert Bellm -

After a good deal of discussion both pro and con, volunteers decided to once again conduct the annual Montgomery County corn yield survey. As one might expect in a year like this, the county average yield estimate was down considerably from previous years, at 83 bushels/acre. Also as one might expect, yield variability was extreme from field-to-field and from township-to-township. The v...

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Another Reason to Contact Your Crop Insurance Agent

Posted by Robert Bellm -

As if this summer's drought hasn't caused enough problems, here's one more that you can add to the list! An ear rot caused by the fungus Aspergillus flavus may be showing up in some fields. Aspergillus prefers to develop under hot temperatures and high humidities. It also has the ability to produce a mycotoxin commonly referred to as aflatoxin. If alflatoxin is present in grai...

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