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Agronomy Update 8/10/22

The BIG talk is drought. We are divided into the HAVE and HAVE NOTS. In those dry areas, corn will first start aborting kernels from the tip down. The plants will lose leaves from the bottom up. Fields that are also stressed due to fertility or other problems may see stalk issues as the plant…

August 10, 2022

Lookout for Soybean Gall Midge

Soybean Gall Midge (SGM) is a new pest to soybeans that was first reported in Nebraska in 2011. For many years it was an isolated pest of previously damaged crops that didn’t warrant concern. This changed in 2018 and 2019 when the population exploded. SGM became more widespread and didn’t seem to require crop damage…

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August 2, 2022

What is Tar Spot?

Tar Spot is a relatively new disease to Midwestern corn and is something all growers should be aware of as it can have serious yield impacts.  The pathogen was first identified in Mexico in 1904 and was considered a tropical disease of Latin America for over a century. It was first discovered in the United…

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July 11, 2022

Considerations for In-Season Nitrogen Applications

Nitrogen is a backbone of corn production. It is crucial for amino acids, chlorophyll, protein and therefore, yield. Careful management is needed as we head into a season of possible record input cost. If in-season application of nitrogen is in your plan, there are three main goals: 1) apply at the right time, 2) apply…

May 5, 2022

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…

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March 31, 2022

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…

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March 10, 2022

The Use of Color Sorters in Seed Production

Efficient production of the highest quality seed. That is the driving force behind our processing facility expansion and upgrade. One very interesting (and sometimes surprising) piece of equipment that makes this possible is the addition of twin color sorters.  Color sorting technology is  commonplace in many types of manufacturing and has made its way into…

February 3, 2022

Jacobsen’s Quick Reference Guide

Farming is a delicate balance of many different disciplines. Farmers are sometime biologists, chemists, climatologists, or mathematicians while getting a crop from seed to harvest. It can be tough to remember all of the different equations and charts for multiple crops. To help our customers manage this, we developed the Jacobsen Quick Reference Guide. This…

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January 11, 2022

Seed Conditioning & Handling Addition Almost Completed

Jacobsen Seed is close to completing an addition that will house a new, state-of-the-art seed conditioning and packaging plant. The expansion project takes our seed quality to the highest level in the industry. Increased demand for Jacobsen’s corn hybrids and soybean varieties has driven our recent growth, while the company’s product knowledge, performance and service…

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December 28, 2021

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