Agronomy Blog

Black Cutworm and Armyworm Moths Making Early Arrivals in 2017

Apr 22, 2017 by Jesse Grogan
A mild winter and spring storm activity are increasing the incidence of migratory insect pests such as the black cutworm and armyworm moths. These are sporadic and nocturnal pests that overwinter in southern states such as Texas and Louisiana are moving north ward as winged adult moths with storm fronts. Adult moths lay eggs in exposed fields on...

Avoid Chilling Injury in Corn

Apr 14, 2017 by Ryan Dunsbergen
What once looked like an early, dry spring in the Upper Midwest has now quickly become a possible late, wet spring.  For those still holding 2016 grain, the benefit might be better prices.  I have heard from a couple of marketing advisors that any type of weather scare should cause a rally in the markets.  However, a wet spring does...

Spring Alfalfa Stand Assessment

Apr 6, 2017 by Logan Vaughn
Growers are currently preparing for spring seeding of alfalfa throughout the Midwest. A major focus prior to seeding is the evaluation of existing stands for winter injury and assessing the need for replacement.  This technical bulletin will review our current situation, discuss steps to evaluate your stands this spring and provide management...

ILeVO®, PPO Herbicide & Seedling Disease Injury Symptoms

Apr 1, 2017 by Travis Dollarhide
Two weeks ago Steve Crafton did an article for this blog on ILeVO® seed treatment. This is a follow up article to provide the resources to dig a little deeper to distinguish between ILeVO, PPO herbicide injury and the seedling diseases that can occur at emergence. This year the LG Seeds soybean plot seed is treated with AgriShield® F...

Liberty® Herbicide Works to Controls Weeds

Mar 25, 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...

ILeVO® Fungicide Seed Treatment 2017

Mar 17, 2017 by Steve Crafton
ILeVO®, being marketed by Bayer Crop Science, is a fluopyram fungicide seed treatment to help suppress Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) in soybeans.  ILeVO also has activity against the Soybean Cyst Nematode in the root zone. The SDS infection (Fusarium virguliforme) occurs early on when conditions are cool and wet.  These toxins can...

Soybean Aphid Resistance

Mar 9, 2017 by Logan Vaughn
Plants and insects have proven their ability to overcome a variety of herbicides, pesticides and/or insect tolerant traits in crop production. These events of resistance that occur in a population are often a result of over-reliance on particular practices over time. Growers are familiar with the weed resistance issues impacting multiple herbicide...

Continuous Soybeans

Mar 2, 2017 by Greg Peters
Crop rotation has been an important part of crop production for many years.  The change of the federal crop insurance program to revenue based, has many producers breaking away from this tradition and looking at which crop provides them the best profit potential, leading to many fields being planted into a monocrop rotation.  The ethanol...

Soil Compaction and Nutrient Availability

Feb 24, 2017 by Leonard Luebker
A lot has been said and written about soil compaction. Not is all bad however.  There are instances where having compacted soils is very important.  Most notably, would be graveled county roads, and driveways to farmsteads.  If it isn’t compacted, you may find yourself stuck in the mud very quickly.  Not a good thing,...

Planter Tune-up Tips

Feb 19, 2017 by Brian Weihmeir
It’s hard to believe, but planting season will be around the corner before we know it. For those of you who have spring fever like I do, this is an exciting time of the year! However, before we hit the fields, there is a lot of work that needs to be done. When we take our planters across the field, we are setting the stage for the entire...

Root Structures of Corn Hybrids

Feb 10, 2017 by Ryan Dunsbergen
This past summer I spent a lot of time in corn fields digging and evaluating roots shortly after the VT stage.  I learned a lot about the different hybrids that we have in the LG lineup and, for the most part, I enjoyed it.  A corn field that is rooted down well and has plenty of access to moisture deep in the soil profile will transpire...

Importance of Manganese in Crop Production

Feb 3, 2017 by Matt Teply
Manganese (Mn) is one of those micronutrients that is often overlooked when putting together fertilizer programs and yet is essential in many plant processes.  Many of the soils and cropping areas of the western High Plains geographies experience manganese deficiencies year and year out.  Most of the issues occur in sandier soil types...

New Herbicide Products and Developments for Corn and Soybean in 2017

Jan 28, 2017 by Jesse Grogan
New herbicide products are combinations of existing active ingredients and improved formulations for improved weed control efficacy. Control of herbicide resistant weeds receives most emphasis, especially resistance to glyphosate. Residual herbicide programs are gaining more use in soybeans and increasing in corn. It is important to utilize...

Winter Injury to Alfalfa

Jan 23, 2017 by Cody Kerr
There are many things that can cause an alfalfa stand to be damaged during the winter months. Although it is too early to begin evaluating damage, this article will give information on how winter injury occurs, and some things to look for this spring when evaluating your alfalfa stands. Getting a stand of alfalfa to overwinter successfully takes...

“Food Grade” Corn

Jan 12, 2017 by Mark Seem
LG Seeds markets a number of products that are promoted for “food grade” usage. This determination is made after testing the grain for suitability for use by dry millers and alkaline cookers. Key amongst these “food grade” products are LG Seeds brands with the base genetics LG5618, LG5565,...

Addressing concerns about the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® herbicide system

Jan 6, 2017 by Travis Dollarhide
There is considerable anxiety about using the Roundup Ready 2 Xtendâ herbicide system among growers. As I listen the concerns seem to be center around these factors: New – Dicamba herbicide has never been applied to large acreages of soybeans in the US Liability of the spray applicator for misapplication damage to sensitive or...

Wishing all a Merry Xmas and a Joyous Holiday

Dec 25, 2016 by Mark Seem
Wishing all a Merry Xmas and a joyous holiday
            ---- Agronomy staff of LG Seeds ----
    ? Here are some interesting links to browse as you relax this holiday season ---- A Quick Primer on US Agricultural Trade....

Ear Retention

Dec 17, 2016 by Greg Peters
Ears that have dropped on the ground are probably the most frustrating of the losses that occur at harvest time.  Harvest losses from stalk or root lodging aren’t as frustrating because they tend to remain a hidden loss because the operator doesn’t see the ears that have been missed by the combine.  Dropped ears, or ears that...

Maintain yield and manage production costs in 2017

Dec 10, 2016 by Jesse Grogan
We are in an adjustment period for farm profitability after a recent 3-5 year upswing. This adjustment of production costs versus income could moderate or equalize in a year of two. It also appears that a down cycle will occur for another 5-7 years. It is a time to carefully manage costs. I attended a retailer-farmer meeting last week and listened...

Be Cautious When Selecting Hybrids for 2017, based on a 2016 Midwest Crop and Weather Review

Dec 5, 2016 by Steve Crafton
We experienced a year of weather extremes across the Midwest in 2016.  We started out with warm temperatures in mid to late April which got the field work and corn planters rolling.  Then we experienced a cold snap the first week of May which slowed progress.  The first 3 weeks of June was hot and dry.  A lot of acres were only...