Hybrid seed corn is so common today we hardly think about it. In fact, more than 95 percent of corn planted today is hybrid corn. Thanks to hybrid seed, today’s farmers are able to produce 20 percent more corn on 25 percent fewer acres than they did a century ago. It was a geneticist from … More A Brief History of Hybrid Seed Corn
The phrase, everything old is new again, is quite common. And when it comes to agriculture, it often rings true. One of those cases is the concept of cross slot seeding. Cross slot seeding uses a drill that combines low-disturbance planting with fertilizer banding or knifing closer to the seed. This is not a new … More A Resurgence in Cross Slot Seeding?
If you are a farmer considering planting one or more specialty crops, it is important that you take particular care when planting these crops next to one another or near another farmer’s field. This will help to ensure that each specialty crop reaches its full potential. One of the dangers of planting specialty crops near … More Preventing Cross Contamination During Planting and Harvest
Failure to control weeds can spell disaster for your corn crop. However, the timing of weed control is a significant factor in weed control that is often ignored. The growth of herbicide resistance has led to the need for early weed control. And with farmers planting crops as early as safely possible, this means that … More Successful Weed Management in Corn Starts Early
In an effort to increase corn yields, many farmers have turned to boosting inputs. However, with today’s drop in crop net returns it may be best to focus less on inputs and more on ways to enhance corn performance. Inputs such as fertilizers, row spacing, seeding rates, as well as preventative applications of things like … More Ten Ways to Enhance Corn Performance
There is nothing better than planting corn knowing that the weather conditions are perfect. And, as any farmer can tell you, there is nothing worse than when the weather takes a turn for the worse shortly after planting. Imbibitional chilling is a huge concern for corn seeds that have been planted or are in the … More The Importance of Monitoring Freshly Planted Corn When the Weather Turns Cold and Wet
Seed treatments are one of the fast-growing segments of crop production and protection today, with most of the seed treatment decisions made on soybean acres. However, deciding what seed treatments-if any-will be the most beneficial for a particular operation can be challenging. One reason deciding on treatments can be so difficult has to do with … More Are Soybean Seed Treatments Worth the Investment?
When it comes to a dairy operation’s bottom line, the importance of a high-quality forage as the basis of the total mixed ration (TMR) cannot be underestimated. In light of this fact, it is important to always keep in mind the effect breeding has on a corn hybrid. In general, grain and silage hybrids have … More The Significance of Breeding on Corn Hybrids
Drought used to be an issue only for the arid western regions, but more and more, drought is impacting the entire Corn Belt and beyond. In light of this fact, many agricultural experts recommend that all farmers plant at least some of their acres to drought tolerant hybrids. One option is Artesian corn hybrids. The … More Popularity of Drought Tolerant Seed Corn Spreading Beyond the Cornbelt
It would be nice if soybean varieties were ranked by how well they would perform in a particular field and farmers could simply choose the varieties that ranked the highest. Instead, the soybean variety selection process is much more complicated, especially when you consider that variety selection is a key component in pest management. Unfortunately, … More When it Comes to Soybean Variety Selection, Information is the Key to Success