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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

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…

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December 8, 2021

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…

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November 12, 2021

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…

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