Agronomy Blog

Keys to Alfalfa Stand Establishment

Dec 8, 2017 by Corey Prosser
When it comes to planting alfalfa, there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration. A few of them include soil fertility, seed bed preparation, and timing of seeding. Alfalfa is a crop that be challenging to establish but can also be a very profitable crop. The first thing to do before you plant alfalfa is to have a soil sample...

Interpreting Yield Results and Statistics

Dec 2, 2017 by Brian Weihmeir
For much of the Midwest, harvest is finally starting to wrap up or is very close to finished. This gives growers time to sit down and start finalizing decisions for the upcoming growing season. Regarding seed decisions, a lot of growers (including myself); spend a lot of time studying plot data to see how hybrids are performing. When looking...

Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Nov 23, 2017 by Mark Seem
Happy Thanksgiving from the LG Seeds Agronomists == = The agronomists are taking a well deserved holiday from blogs this week. Especially after a long and hard season of harvesting plots. Today is a day for being with family and friends. Below are a few interesting links that may be of interest until the regular schedule of blogs...

AgriShield® Seed Treatment System Enhanced for 2018

Nov 16, 2017 by Mark Seem
Soybean producers have come to expect the very best seed varieties from LG Seeds, and coupled with the AgriShield® Seed Treatment System, these soybean varieties are delivered with state-of-the-art protection to soil-borne diseases and protection from damaging insects. New for planting in 2018, the AgriShield Seed Treatment System will...

Comments on the herbicide label changes for Xtend® soybeans

Nov 10, 2017 by Travis Dollarhide
Below is a very good synopsis of what the updated label changes for approved in season applications of dicamba on Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans will look like in 2018. Monsanto, BASF and DuPont have all agreed to these label changes. Classifying products as "restricted use," permitting only certified applicators with special training,...

Fall Herbicide Applications

Nov 3, 2017 by Brian Weihmeir
Harvest is in full swing or finishing up for much of the Midwest. It is a busy time of year for growers in the field to wrap up 2017. Often we get caught up in the moment and forget that the 2018 growing season starts in the fall. With the increase in herbicide resistant weed species, weed control is a growing concern each season. An herbicide...

Harvesting Down Corn

Nov 3, 2017 by Matt Teply
It’s a topic no one enjoys discussing.  But, with recent high winds across much of the Western Corn Belt there are some areas that have seen corn lodge making harvest a chore.  Depending on severity there are some things that can be done to aide in making the best of a bad situation. First step would be evaluating the severity and...

Liberty® Herbicide Works to Controls Weeds

Nov 1, 2017 by Mark Seem
There are weeds that have producers moving from a glyphosate weed control program to a glufosinate weed control program.  Glufosinate is the active ingredient in Liberty® herbicide. This switch has been forced by the spread of glyphosate resistant weeds due to continual and repetitive use of only glyphosate across wide geographies of the...

Tobacco Ringspot Virus / Bud Blight of Soybeans

Oct 27, 2017 by Greg Peters
Tobacco ringspot virus (TRSV), or more commonly known as bud blight of soybeans, has been showing up across the Midwest in 2017.  Producers on AgTalk have reported seeing symptoms of this disease in several states including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio.  These producers commented that the beans are very green...

Crop Residue Effects and Management

Oct 20, 2017 by Leonard Luebker
One can find many articles and research projects that address crop residue breakdown, effects of crop residue on soil fertility, and overall crop residue management. In general, we have observed minimum and no till practices increasing substantially the past several years.  Not only have there been government rules and regulations to follow,...

Will Corn make Black Layer?

Oct 13, 2017 by Corey Prosser
A concern of many growers with late planted corn, and replanted corn, has been: will the corn reach black layer or physiological maturity? Many growers across the Midwest planted corn late, or had to replant many acres. With the month of May being very wet for many areas, this pushed many growers into June planting dates some even mid to late into...

Diagnosing Lodged Corn

Oct 5, 2017 by Ryan Dunsbergen
In a lot of areas across the Corn Belt we have experienced some significant stress this year.  The more stress the corn plant experiences throughout the year, the greater the chances of seeing lodged corn late in the season.  When lodging happens, it is important to head out to the field and diagnose why the corn lodged.  By having...

Fall Weed Control – Plant Clean, Stay Clean

Oct 5, 2017 by Jesse Grogan
Fall weed control delivers clean, weed free fields in the early spring. Winter annual weeds like marestail, chickweed and henbit; biennial weeds like wild carrot; perennials weeds like dandelion and quackgrass are controlled. Warmer soil temperatures and planting conditions improve in clean fields. Fall emerged marestail, many resistant to...

Eastern Iowa Crop Progress

Oct 2, 2017 by Ryan Dunsbergen
Once again, 2017 was a year different than all the others.  The majority of corn has hit black layer in the southern half of Iowa.  In northern Iowa, most of the early maturity corn has reached black layer while the later maturity corn is at half milk line and will reach maturity in the next week or two.  There are a handful of corn...

Northern Illinois Crop Progress

Oct 2, 2017 by Steve Crafton
If I had to describe 2017 in one word it would be “variable.” We fought another wet spring that led to a bunch of replant, 90 degree temperatures in June, scattered rainfall, 70 degree temperatures in August and 90 degree temperatures in September.  I look for harvest results to be mixed as was the rainfall and...

Western Iowa and Northwest Missouri Crop Progress

Oct 2, 2017 by Greg Peters
Harvest began in mid-September in our area and it has been slow as many must wait for later products to mature.  Early results have surprised producers with exceptional yields in our southern portion of our territory with corn fields averaging over 200 bushels per acre or more.  Corn harvest to the north has been limited but silage...

Southern Illinois and NE Missouri Crop Progress

Oct 2, 2017 by Brian Weihmeir
It is the beginning of October, and things are finally off to a fast start! It is an exciting time of year and the results coming in are also exciting! Corn: For much of the region, activity has been a little slower than usual. Due to a cooler than normal August, it took some time to get...

Indiana and Mid-South Crop Progress

Oct 1, 2017 by Jesse Grogan
Corn yields in the mid-south, southern Indiana, and soybean yields in Indiana, are very good at the beginning of harvest. Weather plays a role in every region but usually for the benefit of better yields at the end of the growing season. A few weeks in August were relatively cool with light to moderate rainfall. September is much warmer and dry....

Western Region - California

Oct 1, 2017 by Phil Miller
On the West Coast harvest is in full swing. California Delta corn growers are are knocking down as many acres as they can each day.  One of our dealers remarked on the exceptional quantity corn grades LG varieties are getting.  So far very little disease has been reported in the area.  A little more dry weather and the late planted...

Plains East Crop Progress

Oct 1, 2017 by Leonard Luebker
Harvest has begun in the Plains East Region.  Corn Harvest:  In the areas of Southeast Nebraska and Northeast Kansas, where corn planting was in the range of April 10th to April 30th, the corn moisture's are in the 15 to 17% range.  As was expected, yields are variable within a given field with...