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With harvest just around the corner, there are a few things in fields you may want to evaluate. It’s a good idea before harvest to assess your no-till management decisions from the past year. The alternative is to take time during harvest, but generally many of us are too busy to do that.
Take a final stand count, look at stand uniformity, see how many corn plants actually have ears and look at ear uniformity.
If stands and uniformity aren’t up to expectations, you’ll know what to keep a close eye on from the combine. Plus, you can take time to think about changes you’ll need to make to your no-till planting and fertilizing program next year.
Before harvesting soybeans, look at the level of corn residue remaining from previous years.
This will help you assess how well you’ve managed residue. Some ways of managing residue in corn and soybeans you should consider include: