From the Field With AgriGold | Finishing Strong in 2018 Helps Form 2019 Plans

The thought of harvest is looming on farmers as they enter the final stages of the growing season. However, to Mike Kavanaugh, agronomist for AgriGold, there’s still much to do this season to aid the 2018 crop and ultimately, next year’s. Kavanaugh is advising farmers to collect as much in-field intelligence as possible for the remainder of the season and employ in-field tests to determine what’s needed to finish strong in 2018, what went right, what didn’t and opportunities for next season. “These aspects will help farmers finish out their current crop program and spend dollars wisely the rest of the season,” Kavanaugh explained. “They also help validate current management practices to build on for next year.” In particular, Kavanaugh is stressing farmers take measures that can be used during and out of season, including: Perform on-farm testing “Constant on-farm testing is a necessity. What works for one operation may not work on the next. Farmers need to take time to test new management styles and ideas on their farm to gain a better understanding of what works and what doesn’t.” Evaluate ear set, ear counts, kernel counts and genetics “Uneven ear lines are an indicator of planting issues, evident after pollination, that can be corrected for next season. Ear evaluation can also highlight population pros and cons or nutritional deficiencies. An evaluation of your genetics helps you gain a better understanding of the germplasm you’re using. Different genetics respond differently to soil types, row widths, planting dates, crop rotation, population and fertility, so review those aspects now.” Implement digital scouting “In the past, there have been a lot of ‘gut feel’ recommendations based on experiences and testing alone. Using digital cropping models, like Advantage Acre®, allows us to analyze nitrogen needs by looking at soil, past and future rainfall predictions and the predicted yield of the crop.” Take detailed notes “Make sure you’re tracking and taking note of what weather predictions were and cross check them against actual conditions, while evaluating stand and plant health all season long. It’s important to know why and how the crop struggled or prevailed throughout the season. Lastly, a tissue sampling program is a great way to understand your crop’s nutritional diary from year to year.” Additional Steps to Protect Yield Potential in 2018 With the abundance of moisture, heat and rapid vegetative growth farmers have experienced this season, farmers are seeing increased cases of green snap and high disease pressure. Threatening growers the most has been grey leaf spot, which Kavanaugh says has run rapidly across the central Corn Belt this season with Northern corn leaf blight expected to be right behind it. To minimize potential yield loss and improve standability, Kavanaugh recommends the use of a fungicide during tassel or grain fill stages. Application during these windows delivers optimal disease control and lowers respiration rates at night. With lower respiration rates Kavanaugh says, the corn plant receives a better night’s rest, so it can be more efficient during sunlight hours to fill the kernel. “We have a tremendous crop out there, but also a high potential for disease. Our experiences in heavy disease infested corn fields have shown 50-70 bushel yield preservation even when sprayed two weeks before black layer, so growers can’t afford to cheat themselves out of bushels,” Kavanaugh explained. “Keep an eye on the upper canopy and don’t let your guard down on disease.” To schedule a meeting with your local AgriGold corn specialist and learn how you can start planning for 2019, visit agrigold.com/contact-us.

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