Scout Your Wheat for Early Season Diseases

As wheat begins to jump, take time to scout your crop for disease. Some Septoria tritici blotch and tan spot has been identified in Logan county Kentucky. If you have any leaf disease on your wheat look to use a trizole or propiconizole fungicide according to the label. Contact your local agronomist for further assistance. Listed below… [ Read More ]

Chaparal Herbicide Brings New Tool to Fescue Management

March 16, 2015 Fewer weeds means more forage for grazing. Fewer tall fescue seedheads means less fescue toxicosis. An application of Chaparral ™  herbicide early this spring can help accomplish both. Seedhead suppression can provide the starting point for more effectively managing fescue toxicosis. The seedhead is where the alkaloids produced by the endophyte concentrate (at a… [ Read More ]

China Approves Viptera

Agrisure Viptera® Trait Chinese Import Approval Q&A   Update Chinese regulatory authorities have granted import approval for the Agrisure Viptera® trait  (Event MIR162). This approval allows the importation of U.S. corn grain and processing byproducts, such as DDGs, with the Agrisure Viptera trait for food or feed use into China. Questions What does Chinese import… [ Read More ]

Managing Wheat by Growth Stage

Purdue Extension ID-422 |Kiersten Wise, Bill Johnson, Chuck Mansfield, Christian Krupke | March, 2011 Management decisions in wheat production are growth-stage dependent. Applying fertilizers, herbicides, and fungicides are most effective and profitable when applied at specific times during wheat development. If certain chemicals are applied at the wrong growth stage, they may be ineffective or… [ Read More ]

The Right Time to Test

IPNI | Fall 2012, No. 1 The right time to take soil samples is in rhythm with the crop rotation. Normally it’s best to sample following the same crop, giving a consistent basis for comparing fields and picking out trends over time. Most samples are taken in late summer and fall, to allow ample time… [ Read More ]

Remain Vigilant for Palmer Amaranth | Aaron Hager | September 10, 2014 Accurate identification of weedy Amaranthus species during early vegetative stages can be difficult.  However, identification of the various species becomes much more reliable when reproductive structures are present (Figure 1). Figure 1.  Inflorescences of five Amaranthus species Before harvest begins, consider taking a few minutes to scout fields;… [ Read More ]

Scouting for Corn Stalk Strength

Kentucky Pest News | Paul Vincelli, Extension Plant Pathologist | August 19, 2014 Temperatures have generally been cooler than usual during this year’s corn grain-fill period.  In addition, over the past 30 days, overcast, rainy conditions have predominated in some areas; whereas in other areas, particularly far western Kentucky, rainfall levels have been well below… [ Read More ]

Breaking Through Soybean Yield Barriers

Farm Journal | By Chris Bennett | July, 31 2014 What drives the engine of soybean yield? The three biggest factors that drive soybean yields are water, sunlight interception and nutrient uptake. The trick is maximizing all three, because without them, no grower can reach a proper goal. Missy Bauer, B&M Crop Consulting, detailed yield… [ Read More ]

Palmer Amaranth Identification

Palmer Amaranth looks similar to three different weed species: Redroot Pigweed Smooth Pigweed Common Waterhemp Several Characteristics differentiate these amaranth species: Presence of Hair Leaf Shape Petiole Length Leaf Blade Watermark Seed Head Structure Presence of Leaf Tip Hair Source:  Purdue Extension Bulletin WS-51.  Authors:  Legleiter, Travis and Johnson, Bill.  November 2013, pg. 1-13.

The 11 Biggest Resistance Threats

Take Action – Herbicide-Resistance Management Herbicide Groups and Sites of Action Herbicide Groups provide a simple way of determining a herbicide’s site of action. The site of action is the specific protein a herbicide binds to, resulting in disruption of a physiological process (mode of action) and plant death.  Weed-management programs that include multiple Herbicide… [ Read More ]