Planning for a High-Yield Season
Maximizing potential starts long before harvest. Through thoughtful agronomic planning and a proactive approach to weed, disease and pest control, Midwest and Northern growers can achieve higher yields and maximize profits.
Seed selection is one of the most important management decisions growers make. The right corn hybrid or soybean seed variety can have a drastic impact on yield and profit potential. By reviewing variety trial results, growers can choose the defensive packages and traits that can help them succeed in the next crop year.
Proper weed management is just as crucial. When a particular weed management practice is working well and is economically attractive, it is tempting to continue with it, even though growers know this significantly increases selection pressure and can lead to resistance. However, proactive, successful weed management happens across multiple growing seasons and requires planning to stay ahead of resistance.
Crops must survive a number of disease threats throughout the season, from gray leaf spot in corn to frogeye leaf spot in soy. Management is achieved through an integrated approach of best management practices, including the use of fungicides and seed treatments.
By carefully selecting corn hybrids or soybean seeds and adopting proactive, long-term approaches to weed and disease management, Midwest and Northern growers can increase crop potential, no matter what comes their way.
Identify types of nematodes that could be robbing your yields.
// KNOW THE SIGNS
Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) and Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) are two below-ground issues that are often overlooked, resulting in a total economic loss of $1.6 billion per year.
// LEARN THE SYMPTOMS
The first step is to verify you’re actually dealing with waterhemp. Although a member of the pigweed family – along with Palmer amaranth and redroot pigweed – waterhemp features several characteristics that differentiate it from other pigweed varieties.
// SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
Ragweed thrives under many environmental conditions, such as roadsides, fencerows and high-yield cropland. Ragweed management is a challenge as it aggressively competes with crops and adapts quickly to farming practices.
// FIGHT BACK
Northern corn leaf blight, caused by the fungus Exserohilum turcium, typically occurs in wet and humid conditions. It can rob yields if it occurs during corn tasseling and silking development.
// PLAN AHEAD
As every veteran corn producer knows, corn is susceptible to a myriad of foliar fungal diseases. The most aggressive of these diseases, gray leaf spot, has been increasing in economic impact in many regions of the world over the past 10 years.
// SAVE YOUR CORN
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