Category: Pest Management

Understand Growing Degree Units

As the growing season begins the terms growing degree days (GDDs), growing degree units (GDUs), and heat units become quite common. These terms are often used interchangeably and applied to a variety of different subjects including crop growth stages and insect pests. What do these terms actually mean?  What are GDUs? GDUs were developed as…

How Much Influence Does Winter Weather Have on Overwintering Pests?

As we suffer through repeated cold spells and wind chill warnings, many growers wonder if there is a bright side – are the pests in my fields being killed? The answer is complicated. It includes a lot of ‘It Depends’, and is generally not what we want to hear. Most pests that overwinter in the…

How to Plan for Product Shortages in 2022

Supply Issues – Two words that are coming to define the second half of 2021. Parts, fertilizer and now herbicide shortages are a major topic at coffee shops and kitchen tables. As growers continue to move forward with planning for the 2022 growing season shortages need to be managed. Media reports suggest that glyphosate and…

Manage SDS and SCN in you soybeans

Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) is a disease found across Northern soybean growing regions in the United States and in Southern Canada. It is caused by a soil borne fungus called Fusarium virguliforme. Infection happens at or just after germination when the fungus infects the young seedlings roots. The foliar symptoms that are seen in late summer…

The Disease Triangle and Fungicide Chart for Jacobsen Hybrids

There are so many different things that must be managed for a successful crop. One of those is choosing whether or not to use fungicide to control foliar disease in corn. Diseases such as gray leaf spot, northern corn leaf blight, southern rust, and others are of concerns because leaf infection is essentially damaging the…

Choose Your Level of Insect Protection

Protecting your investment from yield robbing pests is key to maximizing profits at the end of the season. Jacobsen Seed offers a variety of trait packages in our cutting-edge genetics so that you can choose the specific level of protection you need for your farm. We offer multiple combinations of 9 different Bt proteins for…

Start the Season off by Getting Spray Records in Order

With the development of herbicide resistant weeds and the adoption of so many different trait packages, many farmers have gone back to spraying their own herbicides. By spraying their own they are in greater control of application timing and reduce the risks of tank contamination in the sprayer. These are great benefits but come with…

Adult bean leaf beetle. Photo by Winston Beck

As Crops Emerge So Will Crop Pests

It’s hard to believe but the 2020 planting season has been completed or is finishing up across most of the Jacobsen sales territory. The mild winter and spring that we have enjoyed is a welcomed change but we are not the only ones to benefit. Mild winters often coincide with high survival rates for a…

Fungicide applications in a delayed planting season

Fungicide applications can regularly be a tough choice for growers in a marketplace with such slim margins but this year’s delayed planting will likely make it even worse. Work through the following items with your Jacobsen Seed Representative to figure out if fungicide application is best for your farms this season. Fungicide is best when…