Posted on 04/18/2018 by Shelby Schaa
The calendar says it is Spring and time to plant corn in the upper Midwest. The soil conditions and short term weather forecast say otherwise.
Fortunately for soybeans, you can stay with your intended maturity well into the month of June in most areas of the corn-belt.
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Posted on 04/12/2018 by Shelby Schaa

Be sure to check out the website below on planting dates and expected GDU against expected killing freeze. This tool takes historical perspective and offers projections to aid in decision making. It’s too early to get nervous about changing hybrids based on relative maturity, especially if you believe we haven’t lost many heat units.

Posted on 04/06/2018 by Shelby Schaa

A few weeks ago Kendal wrote about some of the variables farmers have to deal with during the first part of planting season, especially in a drawn out winter that just seems to never end. Putting your right foot forward is important to secure a great starting point for your crop and yield potentials.

Posted on 04/04/2018 by Shelby Schaa

Spring is here! At least according to the calendar. Looking out the window at a blizzard today in SW MN with a low of 2 degrees tonight, it’s difficult to believe Spring will ever show up.   So what to do on a day like today?

Posted on 03/22/2018 by Shelby Schaa

Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) resistant varieties protect yield by reducing SCN reproduction on soybean roots. Resistant varieties are not immune to SCN so a certain amount of SCN does survive and reproduce. Repeated use of the same variety or source of SCN resistance can lead to an increase in a field’s overall SCN population.

Posted on 03/12/2018 by Shelby Schaa

As I drove to work this week in poor winter road conditions, it’s hard to believe we are only a few weeks away from planting season. With an early corn planting date of April 11 for most of Iowa, growers will be fine tuning planters before we know it.

Posted on 03/08/2018 by Shelby Schaa

Results of population studies conducted this past year are shown below. Be sure to talk to your local Prairie Brand Rep to fine tune your program for agronomics as populations rise. 

Consider starch number impact with population changes in silage programs.

Posted on 03/02/2018 by Shelby Schaa

My fungicide trial has been going on now for two years and I have one year to go. I am seeing trends taking place with ROI (return on investment) when talking about the application of fungicides. Selecting the right hybrid is the first part of putting a good defense out in your field, but sometimes the offensive hybrids are hard to walk away from.

Posted on 02/26/2018 by Shelby Schaa

It’s no secret trying to make a profit farming is tough. Maybe even tougher this year than in the past few years. I can relate to growers trying to cut costs where ever they can. I have had countless conversations with producers wondering and asking about moving to lower traited corn options.

Posted on 02/13/2018 by Shelby Schaa

If you are considering planting soybeans in 2018 on ground that was planted to soybeans in 2017, here are a few management considerations.


  • Change soybean variety: individual products can vary significantly in their response to various diseases. For example, a variety with weak brown stem rot tolerance in 2017 will allow populations of the pathogen to build up.
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