Soon many producers will be starting to plant small grains. For practical guidance, check out this list of important things to consider when planting wheat and other small grains in the coming weeks from the University of Illinois.
Most Midwest producers are behind in getting corn and soybeans into the ground this year as a result of persistent rains and cool temperatures. The University of Illinois takes a look at what this might mean for some of the common field crop diseases.
In search of higher yields, many producers aim to plant soybeans early in the season. When considering this practice, there are two diseases to be mindful of: Sudden death syndrome (SDS) and Pythium root rot (PRR).
While it would be nice if the cold temperatures we are experiencing could help to reduce our potential for pest damage, past experience tells us that the most serious pests we deal with are unlikely to be impacted much by these conditions.
In 2018, many areas in the Midwest suffered from persistent late season rains which delayed harvest by several weeks. Unfortunately, these wet conditions also favored infection of soybean seed by fungal diseases. Learn to identify a commonly observed organism associated with seed issues — Phomopsis seed decay (PSD), a common, residue-borne fungal pathogen.
Lewis Krueger, CEO of Cross Slot No-Till Systems in Appleton, WIs., talks about the unique seed delivery mechanism of the Cross Slot drill, how the gangs can be raised and lowered for different row spacing options, and some design and production changes that are in the works now that these machines are being made in the U.S.
Finding solutions to the problems farmers face is what inspired Harry and Etta Yetter to open a small machine shop in west central Illinois in the 1930s. Today, four generations later, Yetter continues the tradition of solving agricultural problems to meet the needs of producers all over the world.
Needham Ag understands the role of technology in making better use of limited resources within a specific environment by drawing on a wealth of global experience to overcome the challenges facing today's farmers, manufacturers and dealers.