Agronomy Blog

Soybeans – Is there Sulfur in Your Future

Feb 15, 2018 by Mark Seem
Sulfur has long been considered an important consideration for fertilizing a corn crop. In most years 10 pounds per acre of sulfur can show a yield response in corn. And indeed, many researchers are suggesting 20 pounds gives the best response. For soybeans, several studies have historically suggested that a response to sulfur in soybeans is...

High Yielding Soybeans - Best Management Practices

Feb 10, 2018 by Brian Weihmeir
Over the past few years there has been a lot of interest among growers in achieving higher yields in soybeans. A lot of this is driven by commodity prices and the higher demand for oil seeds as opposed to corn. When it comes to corn production, as an industry, we have come a long way, and are good corn producers. When looking at soybeans, we have...

7 Tips to Optimize Corn Yield

Feb 1, 2018 by Steve Crafton
These are some basic tips to refresh our memories and hopefully a couple that will help produce higher corn yields.   These tips are not in any specific order just remember nitrogen is the number one factor we can influence to increase bushels significantly in corn. Hybrid Selection – Correct hybrid placement,...

Benefits of Snow

Jan 26, 2018 by Matt Teply
Recent weather events have moved across much of the United States and brought snowfall to many areas.   It is important to remember that although snow can make our lives a little more difficult for a little while.  That there are a few benefits that come along with snow. Of course, one of the most apparent benefits is the moisture...

Controlling White Mold in Soybeans

Jan 20, 2018 by Greg Peters
White mold was first seen in the United States in 1924 and it the disease first appeared in the Midwest in the mid 1940’s.  Sclerotinia sclerotiorum can now be found throughout most of the world.  Yield loss between the years of 1996 through 2009 were estimated to have been greater than 10 million bushels in 7 of these 14...

Advantage Acre® Features

Jan 15, 2018 by Ryan Dunsbergen
In the October 2016, we officially launched a new online tool called Advantage Acre®.  Advantage Acre provides a simple, intuitive way for farmers to begin integrating their current farm management practices into a digital platform that doesn’t require previous year’s data. Growers can see the benefits of data management...

Winter Kill of Insects

Jan 6, 2018 by Leonard Luebker
Each year we have insect pressure from one or more insects in agriculture.  Some insects that cause problems in corn and soybean production may be bothersome also to those not in agriculture.  This past summer we saw an abundance of Japanese Beetles, and Pirate bugs.  In past years, we have seen corn flea beetles, and soybean...

Holiday Season and Year End is Upon Us ----------

Dec 29, 2017 by Mark Seem
The agronomists of LG Seeds are taking a pause and relaxing with family and friends. Below are a few interesting links that may be of interest until the regular schedule of blogs resumes ..... Soybean yield response to foliar applied humic acid and fungicide ….

Factors to Consider Before Reducing Soybean Seeding Rates

Dec 18, 2017 by Dan Mitchell
Of the thousands of trials that have gone on in Midwest testing the past 50 years, probably two of the most repeated are probably “How much nitrogen do I need for my corn crop?” and “What is the best seeding rate for my soybeans?” These two questions have been beat to death with at least some agreement….we...

Northern Illinois Crop Progress

Dec 18, 2017 by Steve Crafton
Most of the crops are out and field work complete in a lot of counties in Northern Illinois.  The season we experienced was quite variable in temperatures and rainfall but overall crops were better than expected.  We started out cool and wet with spring planting which led to a lot of replant.  August was unseasonably cool with...

Eastern Iowa Crop Progress

Dec 18, 2017 by Ryan Dunsbergen
#Harvest17 is in the books for Eastern Iowa.  It has been another interesting year with a unique set of challenges.  The overall trend is that this was a good year for corn.  Farmers are pleasantly surprised.  Soybeans were more variable.  Several producers reported yields between 30 and 70 bushels per acre....

Plains East Crop Progress

Dec 18, 2017 by Leonard Luebker
In many respects, the weather conditions in 2017 were similar to 2016.  Certain periods of the season matched 2016, but there were unique differences, which played a significant role in the final yields, and crop integrity.  In Northeast Kansas and Southeast Nebraska, planting occurred with near normal planting. By April 24th, 60% and...

Indiana and Mid-South Crop Progress

Dec 18, 2017 by Dan Mitchell
As the new Regional Agronomist, I have some big shoes to fill following Jesse Grogan; but I will do my best! Having been with the company for many years, I have met many of you at one time or the other and am looking forward to working with our sales and dealer force in the region! 2018 proved to be yet another unpredictable year with weather...

Plains West Crop Progress

Dec 18, 2017 by Matt Teply
Southwest Missouri:   Yields in this area of the region were average to slightly below average with both corn and soybeans.  A wet spring with delayed planting and the replanting of crops made for a difficult growing season.  This led to a later than normal...

Western Region - California

Dec 18, 2017 by Phil Miller
Central California has been extremely dry so far.  This has allowed growers to do extra ground work in preparation for the spring.  Flood pre-irrigation is underway on many fallow fields.  A few late planted fields of corn have been harvested and overall harvest is considered complete. In the west we have also had a very good...

Western Iowa and Northwest Missouri Crop Progress

Dec 18, 2017 by Greg Peters
Producers have finished harvest but many continue to find things to do in the field with warm temperatures that have persisted into winter.  Some have even done secondary tillage work that they would normally do in the spring because they feel that they need to take advantage of the weather.  Most farmers would say that yields were...

Ohio Crop Progress

Dec 18, 2017 by Corey Prosser
As we approach the holiday season most farmers are spending time with family and cleaning up their equipment. With this said there are still the occasional fields of corn left standing across the state. These fields will likely be there in the spring as some farmers use the field as storage. Many products performed well across the Eastern Region...

Southern Illinois and NE Missouri Crop Progress

Dec 18, 2017 by Brian Weihmeir
For much of the region, we have been blessed with good weather to finish off the year. Most of harvest got finished up by the middle of November for most guys. As we ventured farther north, harvest was delayed a bit later than normal due to wet field conditions. Despite the long harvest for some growers, yields were better than what they...

Minnesota and Wisconsin Crop Progress

Dec 18, 2017 by Tom Greiner
2017 was very challenging throughout the growing season up until harvest. We were very fortunate in that we had a good September to push the corn along to maturity. Harvest started in most areas 2 to 3 weeks behind schedule, with a measurable snow in areas on November 1. Harvest, for the most part, on corn and soybeans is complete. You may see a...

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...