Straight Stalk Current crop information updates and research highlights Sun, 15 May 2005 13:02:08 -0500 Fall 2018 Nitrogen Resources Fri, 02 Nov 2018 11:32:00 +0000 Here are links to Nitrogen application resources for Fall 2018:
May need to sign up for free account, recommended to change time to noon for conservative value.
MRTN Calculator main website
Apple MRTN Split Rate Calculator, search for MRTN Rate Calculator in App Store
Don't Panic Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:46:00 +0000
On the other hand, planting when the soil is not ready can lead to unrecoverable conditions such as sidewall compaction.]]>
Snow Day for Planting Mon, 09 Apr 2018 14:31:00 +0000 We often start April with some corn already planted and we normally end April with about 50 percent of the corn planted, based upon state averages published by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. The latest planting start in the last 20 years was in 2013 when only 1 percent of the crop had been planted by May 1 but by mid-May we had recovered significantly with 75 percent planted. The slowest year was probably 2009, that year at mid-May we were only at 20 percent planted. Even with the slow starts back in in 2009 and 20013 we ended up with average trendline yields. So while it is still too early to worry, there is real concern that delayed planting could reduce the odds of another bumper crop.

Early planting seasons are not a guarantee of high yields. The recent year with the earliest planting season had 80 percent planted by May1. That year was 2012 and that did not turn out so well. The Great Drought of 2012 ended with a state corn yield of 105 bushel per acre.

New download location for Soybean Seeding Calculator Mon, 26 Feb 2018 13:48:00 +0000
The link to the new location is

The app helps answer such questions as:
  • How many seeds should I plant to end up with a given plant population?
  • How many bags will I need to plant the entire field?
  • How many seeds per foot of row should I have?
  • What should the average seed spacing be?
  • How long will it take to plant the field?

The Apple IOS and PC versions have been consolidated in the link above. Click the Narrow Format tab at the top of the page for a mobile friendly version or click the Wide Format tab for a version that looks better on a computer monitor.

This link will take you to the registration page to download the stand alone Android version of the app:]]>
2018 Crop Management Conferences Save the Dates Thu, 02 Nov 2017 14:36:00 +0000 January 24- Holiday Inn, Mt. Vernon
January 31- University of Illinois Springfield
February 7- iHotel and Conference Center, Champaign
February 21- Kishwaukee College, Malta

Look for registration information in early December.]]>
Soybean Planting Date Response Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:43:00 +0000 Cool Beans Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:23:00 +0000