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Updates from the Field


Update from the Field: Precise Products for Precision Placement

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on February 19, 2020

The jury is in and the judgment is final, starter works! Liquid starter fertilizer has proven to be effective not [...]

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Update from the Field: Accelerate Yields with Acetate

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on February 1, 2020

There has been a lot of talk lately around acetate fertilizers and the benefits that come with placing an acetate [...]

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Update from the Field: What’s the Dope on Hemp?

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on January 14, 2020

Before considering growing techniques for hemp, it is essential to understand the definitions of a few key words and the [...]

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Update from the Field: Don’t Overlook the Power of Zinc

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on December 13, 2019

Farming is variable. Some years are great, and you can throw everything but the kitchen sink at your crop; other years, not as much. When crop prices are less than ideal, nutritional “add-ons” and stimulant-type products are typically the first to get cut. However, when micronutrients are overlooked [...]

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Video: Weekly Crop Update December 5, 2019

Posted on December 5, 2019

2019 has been a roller coaster of a year and it continues through harvest. As we all push to wrap [...]

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Update from the Field: Satisfaction

Posted on November 22, 2019

When it comes to applying sulfur or sulfates, the Rolling Stones said it best, “I can't get [...]

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Update from the Field: Keep it Cool

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on November 5, 2019

Fall application of nitrogen has quite a few advantages over a spring application, if done properly. The time savings can [...]

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Update from the Field: Get the Dirt on Your Soil

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on October 31, 2019

Following the season, it is important to sample your soils to best understand your pH and nutrient levels. In our [...]

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Update from the Field: Remember to Enjoy the Little Things

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on October 15, 2019

As harvest progresses across the Corn Belt, we are pleasantly surprised to have some yields better than we were expecting. [...]

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Update from the Field: Variable Yields, Variable Rates

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on October 10, 2019

This cropping year has been anything but normal, so why should we expect the situation to change this fall? Depending [...]

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Update from the Field: Best Practices for Winter Wheat

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on October 2, 2019

Harvest has finally come to the Corn Belt! Five months ago, some people predicted our crop would not mature before [...]

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Update from the Field: Get Out and Scout!

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on September 26, 2019

Disease has been coming into the corn crop early and strong this year due to the unusually late planting conditions [...]

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Update from the Field: The Enemy Below

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on September 18, 2019

Similar to the storyline in the 1957 Robert Mitchum movie “The Enemy Below,” the soybean producer is in a [...]

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Update from the Field: If We Make It Through December…

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on September 4, 2019

As Labor Day slips past and football season comes into full view, it is time to start looking forward to [...]

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Update from the Field: Count on Corn

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on August 28, 2019

Several times this past week, I have been asked two big questions: “How is the corn crop progressing?” [...]

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Update from the Field: CBD A-OK

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on August 23, 2019

The agriculture industry is abuzz about hemp and the opportunities a new crop can provide to markets and crop [...]

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Update from the Field: Burn, Baby, Burn!

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on August 16, 2019

This year’s weed situation has been the worst in my recent memory. I have been called out to [...]

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Update from the Field: Fungus Among Us

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on August 8, 2019

This year’s late planting and extreme weather has growers contemplating what inputs to invest in versus cut. Early [...]

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Update from the Field: Starter Fertilizer: Not a Dud

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on July 25, 2019

Hopefully everyone had a happy Fourth of July celebration and no injuries were incurred. I’m an avid fireworks [...]

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Update from the Field: Highway to Hail

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on July 9, 2019

This past week we have seen the weather, insects, and vertebrate pests play havoc on our struggling corn crops. Parts [...]

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Update from the Field: A Tissue for an Issue

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on July 2, 2019

When my kids start complaining about their teenage angst, the saying around my house is: “Do you need a [...]

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Update from the Field: Have We Lost Our Minds or Just Our Nitrogen?

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on June 25, 2019

As the title suggests, the constant rainy weather the Corn Belt has been experiencing may cause us to lose our [...]

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Update from the Field: Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on June 13, 2019

Corn planters rolled last week on what dry ground could be found, to beat the prevent plant date. Now that [...]

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Update from the Field: Don’t Delay, Plant Today

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on June 6, 2019

It’s now June and few acres of the Corn Belt have corn seed in the ground, let alone [...]

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Update From The Field: Stay Ahead of Wheat Diseases

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on May 28, 2019

The wet weather of late is not only playing havoc on planting crops this year, but also fueling fungal spores [...]

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Update From The Field: Three Objectives for Using Starter Fertilizer

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on May 22, 2019

As the rain continues and planting dates keep moving back, a very important question on the table is, “Should [...]

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Update from the Field: Three Keys to Successful Planting

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on May 8, 2019

Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? While rain is undoubtedly a good thing, this spring [...]

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Update from the Field: Feel The Burn

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on May 3, 2019

As I drive across the Midwest, I can’t help but notice the number of acres that have not [...]

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Update from the Field: Popular Population

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on April 23, 2019

As the ground warms in mid-April everyone is preparing their planters for the upcoming compressed spring planting season and wondering, [...]

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Update from the Field: Spray Your Wheat, Kill Your Weeds

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on April 18, 2019

As the soil temperatures start to rise, the wheat crop is coming out of dormancy and will start reaching for [...]

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Update from the Field: Time in a Bottle

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on April 4, 2019

As my favorite folk singer, Jim Croce, once mused, “If I could save time in a bottle, if words [...]

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Update from the Field: Squeeze the Charmin, Not Your Soil

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on March 28, 2019

The excessive soil moisture last fall, the above average snowfall this winter, and the forecasted significant spring precipitation could present [...]

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Update from the Field: Soil Health, Can You Dig It?

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on March 19, 2019

As the days get longer and spring approaches, the itch to get out in the field becomes more overpowering. The [...]

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Update from the Field: If You Can’t Stand the Wheat, Get Out of the Kitchen

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on March 13, 2019

When planting wheat in the fall, you should be shooting for a population of 1.7 million seeds per acre. If [...]

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Update from the Field: Beware the Ides of March

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on March 5, 2019

February is in the rearview mirror and with the ides of March nearly upon us, agronomic thoughts need to be [...]

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Update from the Field: Small Quantities, Giant Rewards Part 4

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on February 26, 2019

The last article in my four-part micronutrient series will focus squarely on the micronutrient zinc (Zn). The grand-daddy of all [...]

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Update from the Field: Small Quantities, Giant Rewards Part 3

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on February 18, 2019

The third article in my four-part micronutrient series will focus on the micronutrient manganese (Mn). Great things come in small [...]

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Update from the Field: Small Quantities, Giant Rewards Part 2

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on February 12, 2019

This is the second article in a four part series outlining the reasons why micronutrients may be used in small [...]

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Update from the Field: Small Quantities, Giant Rewards Part 1

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on February 4, 2019

This will be the first article in a four-part series about micronutrients, presenting four different micronutrients and how they affect [...]

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Update from the Field: One is the Loneliest Number…

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on January 29, 2019

With good weather, wheat topdress is only four to six weeks away. While it’s common to use UAN, [...]

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Update from the Field: Where Have All the Sulfates Gone?

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on January 22, 2019

When Peter, Paul, and Mary sing “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”, I think of all the sulfate [...]

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Update from the Field: Back in Black

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on January 15, 2019

This past week, I attended the National No-Till Conference in Indianapolis where The Andersons was a Title Sponsor of the [...]

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Update from the Field: Start Right, Start Strong

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on December 18, 2018

While visiting several Farm Center locations this last week, I overheard numerous conversations about the poor quality of soybean seed [...]

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Update from the Field: Tip Toe Through the Tulips

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on December 10, 2018

Given the recent rains and soggy soils that have plagued us this fall, compaction should be on everyone’s [...]

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Update from the Field: A Lot of Corn in Those Fields

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on December 4, 2018

The USDA’s November 26th Crop Progress Report showed the U.S. corn harvest at 94 percent complete, down slightly [...]

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Update from the Field: Is Your K Getting K.O.’d?

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on November 27, 2018

As harvest winds down and soil sample results start to come back, your thoughts should turn toward fall fertilizer. With yield trends continuing to increase due to improvements in genetics and management practices, we must continue to replace what we take off. You should consider your nutrient removal rates and [...]

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Update from the Field: Spring into Action this Fall

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on November 26, 2018

Abundant rain the last couple of months in much of the Cornbelt has promoted the relatively early emergence of winter [...]

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Update from the Field: Micronutrients: Not Sexy, but Essential

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on November 13, 2018

As the title suggests, micronutrient applications are not the most widely talked about in the agriculture industry. They [...]

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Update from the Field: White Corn Down!

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on November 2, 2018

Corn lodging resulting from stalk rot diseases can cause complications during harvest, loss of grain on the ground, and/or [...]

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Update from the Field: Wonderful Winter Wheat Weather?

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on October 23, 2018

Winter wheat can be a hard crop to grow successfully. As crops start coming off, we need to put planting [...]

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Update from the Field: El Niño, Nacho Typical Winter

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist and Dani Kusner, Agronomist on October 15, 2018

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed there’s a fifty percent chance of an El Niñ [...]

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Update from the Field: Put Back What You Take

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on October 2, 2018

Record yields have placed higher nutrient demands on the soil, and, if yield trends continue, the demand for soil nutrients [...]

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Update from the Field: Who is the Weed’s Daddy?

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on September 25, 2018

In the coming weeks, combines will be rolling and this year’s soybean crop will be coming off. [...]

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Update from the Field: Trash Talk

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on September 18, 2018

The Pro Farmer Crop Tour has wrapped up, and they have released their official yield estimate for the 2018 U [...]

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Update from the Field: Popping Pods

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on September 11, 2018

We are in the home stretch with harvest just around the corner! The big question on every producer [...]

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Update from the Field: Ear it Comes Again

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on September 4, 2018

Last year I wrote an article named “Ear Comes Trouble” after much of the Corn Belt saw an [...]

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Update from the Field: Count On Corn

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on August 28, 2018

Several times this past week, I have been asked two big questions: “How is the corn crop progressing?” [...]

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Update from the Field: A Tale of Two Seasons

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on August 20, 2018

This corn growing season has manifested into two noticeable extremes, an early planting and a late planting. The [...]

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Update from the Field: Perplexing Pollination Problems

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on August 13, 2018

Over the last few weeks, the Cornbelt has seen above-normal temperatures and, in some areas, below-normal precipitation. Experiencing [...]

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Update from the Field: Nematodes, the Other Insect

Posted by Dave Dyson, Agronomist on August 8, 2018

If I had to pick one insect that has the greatest influence on soybean production worldwide year in and year [...]

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Update from the Field: Beetle Mania

Posted by Agronomists, Dave Dyson, Dani Kusner & Jessica Stacy on July 30, 2018

For the past few weeks, reports have increased for different kinds of beetles attacking both corn and soybeans. The first pest is the Japanese beetle, which is normal for this time of year. The second looks like a Japanese beetle on steroids (figure 1)! These insects, called [...]

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Update from the Field: Boring Insects are not Boring

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on July 23, 2018

Soybean fields are starting to become overrun with weeds that are herbicide-resistant. This phenomenon is not new and will continue to get worse over time. The reason glyphosate-tolerant crops became so popular in 1996 was that the weeds at the time were almost impossible to kill with existing herbicides. Today, the [...]

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Update from the Field: Not Mushroom for Fungus

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on July 16, 2018

As the days start to get shorter, our soybeans are starting to flower. Once soybean plants start flowering, they enter the reproductive stage, and the plants can be very susceptible to stress. This stress can come in many forms: drought, insect, weeds, and fungus. In this article, I will [...]

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Update from the Field: Fireworks, Fertilizer, and Fungicide

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on July 9, 2018

In parts of the corn belt, quite a bit of corn was planted in a two week window. With the potential for booming corn yields and more acres than usual ripening at once, harvest may take a while to complete. The average temperature has been about five degrees warmer [...]

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Update from the Field: Growing Pains

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on June 25, 2018

As the days start getting shorter and the weeds start getting taller in the soybean fields, our collective attention starts to focus on post applying herbicides. In past years, when 99% of the U.S. soybean acres were glyphosate tolerant, there were no worries, as we could load up with [...]

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Update from the Field: Twisted Sister

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on June 18, 2018

As the corn growing season moves from cooler, spring-like weather to the heat of summer, it is not uncommon to [...]

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Update from the Field: Smoke ‘em, Don’t Burn ‘em

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on June 11, 2018

Weed resistance is becoming a nationwide epidemic. Long-term resistance management requires more than pest control aimed only at minimizing crop [...]

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Update from the Field: A Tissue for an Issue

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on June 4, 2018

When my kids start complaining about their teenage angst, the saying around my house is: “Do you need a [...]

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Update from the Field: Get a Head Start on Head Blight

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on May 30, 2018

The recent wet weather is not only playing havoc on planting crops, the high moisture is fueling fungal spores that [...]

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Update from the Field: Don’t Let Residue Pin You Down

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on May 21, 2018

As little corn seedlings start emerging from the soil, some corn plants seem to be coming out of the ground [...]

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Update from the Field: Corn-fused

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on May 15, 2018

The most important pass a farmer can make across the field is the planting pass, but success does not stop [...]

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Update from the Field: Déjà Vu All Over Again

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on May 8, 2018

We had a good ten days of decent planting conditions before the rain shut everything down. Now I sit [...]

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Update from the Field: Committed to Excellence

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on May 1, 2018

This last month I had the opportunity to travel to North Platte, Nebraska. One might ask why I would [...]

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Update from the Field: The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow…

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on April 24, 2018

As the title suggests, you can bet your bottom dollar that spring will eventually come out and play in the [...]

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Update from the Field: Will La Niña Take a Siesta

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on April 16, 2018

The crazy, non-spring weather is the talk of the town everywhere you look today. Here it is, the middle [...]

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Update from the Field: Hold the Salt

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on April 11, 2018

Every year after planting, questions start about pop-up fertilizer. The questions always occur when there are emergence or germination issues. [...]

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Update from the Field: The Three Amigos — Zinc, Manganese, and Boron

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on April 3, 2018

The three micronutrients that should be included in a starter fertilizer are zinc, manganese, and boron. Zinc is the most [...]

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Update from the Field: Stand Up for Wheat

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on March 26, 2018

Evaluating wheat stands early in the spring can be a challenge in a normal year. We just came out [...]

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Update from the Field: Path of Least Resistance

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on March 19, 2018

The last couple of years we have been inundated with horror stories of herbicide-resistant weeds taking over the countryside. Some [...]

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Update from the Field: Damn the Dicamba, Full Speed Ahead

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on March 12, 2018

In the last few months, there has been a major push by both the chemical industry and the extension agencies [...]

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Update from the Field: Back to Bean Basics

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on March 5, 2018

As my travels take me around the Midwest, I hear more and more farmers deciding to plant soybeans after soybeans. [...]

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Update from the Field: What are the 4Rs?

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on February 19, 2018

In the past few years, excess nutrients in our watersheds have been causing havoc where they converge. We see [...]

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Update from the Field: Take a Stand on Corn Population

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on February 12, 2018

In recent years we have been told, by seed companies, that seeding population has a direct relation with yield. [...]

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Update from the Field: Future of Agronomy

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on February 5, 2018

Since November, I have been traveling around to The Andersons Farm Centers and Grain facilities talking about the future of [...]

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Update from the Field: Micronutrients and Starter

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on January 30, 2018

Prepay season seems to be winding down across the corn belt, but before the talk goes completely away from inputs, [...]

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Update from the Field: Don’t Cheat on Your Wheat

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on January 23, 2018

Wheat top dressing season is just around the corner. Whether you are top dressing with liquid or dry nitrogen, some [...]

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Update from the Field: No-Till, No-Worries

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on January 15, 2018

Last week, I attended the National No-Till Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. I spoke with many farmers about the benefits of using a seed safe, highly efficient, high quality starter in-furrow. A high quality, low-salt starter is very beneficial in any tillage system, but is particularly important in a no-till [...]

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Update from the Field: Cold Weather Bugs Me

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on January 8, 2018

The last couple of weeks of extremely cold weather has brought up some questions as to how insect pests will react to this situation. Insects are cold-blooded animals, meaning that their body temperature is similar to that of their surroundings. They do not maintain a body temperature as do [...]

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Update from the Field: A Year in Review

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on December 26, 2017

As we celebrate another Christmas with family and friends, let us look back at the cropping season of 2017. This year saw new genetics, wild weather, and even wilder commodity prices. With the New Year came the anxiety of wondering what products, if any, was the government going to [...]

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Update from the Field: Make Data Great Again!

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on December 18, 2017

It is beginning to look a lot like “prepay” season, and with prepay comes the inevitable question, “How much nitrogen do you think I need to apply per acre?” Nitrogen rate recommendations for a given field are traditionally linked to historical yield levels. For a field [...]

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Update from the Field: Up in Smoke

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on December 11, 2017

Last week at the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation meeting, I had a discussion with a couple of colleagues about fall nitrogen application. The discussion centered on the pros and cons of different types of nitrogen being applied in the fall. One group liked urea (46%) and UAN 28% for the safety and convenience [...]

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Update from the Field: Let’s Have a Fiesta for La Niña

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on December 5, 2017

While drinking coffee at the local watering hole these past few weeks, I have been hearing a lot of grumbling about the “crazy” weather we have been experiencing this fall. According to NOAA, the weather pattern we are in right now is not new or unexpected.  [...]

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Update from the Field: Let’s Toast Barley

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on November 27, 2017

The Andersons’ Farm Centers have seen a steady decrease in winter wheat acres over the past five years. The only farmers raising wheat now are those looking to tile or apply manure in the following year. There are many reasons as to why winter wheat has fallen out of [...]

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Update from the Field: Rain, Rain Go Away!

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on November 20, 2017

The persistent rainy weather this fall has been very stressful to anyone trying to get crops out of the field or trying to get chemicals and fertilizer back on the field. In previous articles, I stressed the importance of applying dicamba in the fall to prevent hard to control weeds [...]

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Update from the Field: Profitability & pH

Posted by Dave Dyson on November 14, 2017

Talking to clients about liming or fixing a pH problem can be a little dull or boring. It is definitely not as appealing as a fertilizer or chemical recommendation. You may not see the full effect of your lime application for 2-4 years, but once you get your pH within [...]

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Update from the Field: Refuse to Let Your Trash be a Problem

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on November 6, 2017

Stalk residue, or “trash,” can be a major source of problems to farmers in the spring during planting. [...]

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Update from the Field: Decoding Dicamba

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on October 30, 2017

Dicamba is not a new chemical; it actually was developed in 1967, and it has been a major player in the post herbicide corn market for 50 years. Some might even say, “What is the big deal? I have been spraying corn with dicamba all my life.” The big [...]

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Update from the Field: Compact Your Garbage, Not Your Soil

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on October 23, 2017

With the recent rains and soggy soils we have been seeing over the past week, compaction should be on everyone’s mind. The ever increasing size of tractors and equipment has led to compaction, resulting in limited yield potential. The extent of the problem depends on the type of [...]

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Update from the Field: Not So Southern Comfort

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on October 16, 2017

Corn harvest is in full force throughout The Andersons’ territory. Yields have been high and moisture has been running around 19% or less. We have had great weather so far, but now we are looking at a rainy pattern settling in for the next couple of weeks. I am starting [...]

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Update from the Field: As the Reel Turns

Posted by David Dyson, Agronomist on October 9, 2017

As dry weather is settling in around the Midwest, soybean harvest is progressing rapidly. There are reports that soybean moisture levels are around 10%, with some levels as low as 7%. With moisture levels this low, the time of day you harvest can be a critical factor in reducing shatter. The [...]

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