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Barry Anderson

Apr, 02 2019 - by Barry Anderson

Causes of Poor Seed Emergence

Spring has finally started to show up for many of us, but for some, it has been a season of complete devastation. Our thoughts and prayers are out to those across the Midwest that have experienced flooding and the loss of property, livestock, stored grain, etc. Being born and raised in Nebraska, I ache to see the pictures that I have seen this past March of what occurred in just a matter of days. 

With all the snow this winter and now rain, this combination can contribute to poor seed emergence in both corn and soybeans. Even last fall, the extended soybean harvest contributed to many seed companies having issues with lower germination of seed. Here are a few reasons you may experience poor seed emergence, and some ways to help.

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Feb, 05 2019 - by Barry Anderson

Considerations in Deciding When to Start Planting

Deciding when to start planting can sometimes be overwhelming if you take into considerations the factors (Figure 1) that have an influence on corn emergence. We need to remember that corn is a warm season crop. Hybrids that are available today have great yield potential and provide the basis for tolerance to cold stress, but poorly planted seed never reaches its potential yield due to the fact the environmental factors can still reduce stand. Many growers resist planting early because the soils are too cool for emergence, however planting as early as possible helps the corn plant maximize its yield potential by utilizing more of the growing season. 

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Jun, 20 2018 - by Barry Anderson

What Does Proper Down Force Look Like?

We all know that soil types and conditions can pose many challenges to planting. Too cold, too wet, too hard, too clumpy, etc. Due to all this variability, it is crucial you are spending time behind the planter to determine the proper seed depth based on the current conditions. This is important to do each day and for each field.

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Apr, 17 2018 - by Barry Anderson

Why consider pre-emergent herbicide?

Resistant weeds, dicamba training, new EPA rules and regulations, and ag companies being bought or merging together have been a few of the topics found in many ag media and publications this winter. In summary, things are continually changing in agriculture and will continue to change. One of those changes that many, if not all growers, have experienced is how to deal with weed resistance. Resistant weed biotypes exist in every field and the only way to prevent or minimize resistant populations is through a program of best management practices (BMPs). This program sets a standard of zero tolerance to keep weeds from going to seed. 

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Mar, 26 2018 - by Barry Anderson

Foundations For a Higher Ear Count

We have all the heard the saying “getting back to the basics”, but how does that apply to today's farm that's filled with technology? It is no different from what our fathers and grandfathers did when they planted. Sure, planters have changed and other technologies have been added to complement and enhance the planting operations. There was a research experiment conducted in 1908 by Albert Hume et al. that looked at the distance between hills for corn in the Illinois Corn Belt. One statement taken from that experiment summary sums it up well by saying, “Plant corn thicker if the land is rich and thinner if the land is old and thin.” There are many factors that play into ear count and yield, but here are the basic three.

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