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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…

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April 1, 2021


Thorough Planter Check-ups Start the Season Off Right

Time moves faster and faster each year it seems and planting will be upon us soon. As we (hopefully) begin to see warmer weather this month, it is a great time to get the planter out and check things over. Top yields rely on a wide variety of factors, some that we can manage and…

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March 3, 2021


Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome

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. Presence and severity of the disease can vary greatly but once found to be present, management should be done every year the field…

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February 4, 2021


Soil Carbon: The Basics of Soil Carbon and a New Credit Industry

There has been a lot of talk in the last few weeks about soil carbon (SC), carbon sequestration,  carbon credits, and the like but it is tough to understand what all of it really means. There are three main reasons we expect SC to become an even bigger topic in the near future – the…

January 29, 2021


Physoderma Brown Spot and Stalk Rot

Physoderma Brown Spot (PBS) and Physoderma Stalk Rot (PSR) are diseases in corn that have generally been considered minor until the last few years. Both versions of this disease are caused by  Physoderma maydis, a soil borne fungus. PBS is generally not an economically important disease but PNR has recently caused trouble in many areas…

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January 26, 2021


Gray Leaf Spot of Corn

Gray Leaf Spot (GLS) of corn is a regular disease in the United States and can have significant affect on crop yields. This disease is caused by the fungus Cercospora zeae-maydis and has been growing in economic importance since the 1990s. Symptoms Gray leaf spot can be identified by its rectangular lesions. These narrow lesions…

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Current Moisture Levels and 2021 Outlook

Happy New Year! As we roll into 2021 I can only hope things get easier than they were in 2020. One of the many issues we dealt with last year was a large, and increasing, area of drought. Areas in Nebraska, South Dakota, Western Iowa and Southeast Minnesota were hit hard. This pattern is part…

January 15, 2021


Expect An Uneven Harvest for 2020

2020 has been an intense rollercoaster of issues and emotions and its not even over yet! Harvest will soon be upon us thanks to an ever increasing drought and severe storm damage. These conditions are likely to throw farmers some major curve balls but they aren’t anything we can’t prepare for. In general we will…

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September 14, 2020


Rapid Growth Syndrome in Corn

  What is Rapid Growth Syndrome? Rapid Growth Syndrome occurs when corn goes through a sudden growth spurt and a drastic acceleration of its growth rate. This can happen after a few weeks of cool, cloudy weather that abruptly changes to warm and sunny or sometimes after a much needed rainfall. It is most likely…

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June 16, 2020


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