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  • Jun 30, 2015
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    Corn waist-high by 4th of July?

    For generations, the standard measure for corn growth was knee-high by July 4th, which meant that the corn plant should be able to produce a crop for that year. Of course, most farmers a couple of generations ago had much lower yield goals for their corn than the farmers of today. Today, waist-high, or higher, corn by July 4th is a more typical, and has resulted in some very good corn yields in most areas in recent years. It is difficult to get exceptional corn yields in the southern half of Minnesota, if corn is only knee-high or smaller on July 4....More
  • Jun 4, 2015
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    Field scouting

    Scouting plays an important role in pest management, whether it's weeds, insects or diseases in your corn and soybean crops. These are our best tips, tricks and tools to help you scout your fields, from specific insects and disease, to mobile apps that help you do the work.
  • May 26, 2015
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    Crop conditions fairly good; conservation compliance deadline looming

    After an almost perfect planting season through late April and early May in most of the Upper Midwest, a few more crop challenges have occurred in the past couple of weeks. The biggest overall concern in the past couple of weeks has been the extended period of cool, cloudy weather, which has slowed plant growth, and caused some plant discoloration. The extended forecast appears to be more favorable from a temperature standpoint....More
  • May 5, 2015
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    Corn, soybean planting rapidly progressing

    The corn crop in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa was planted in very rapid fashion during the last half of April, as nearly ideal soil conditions existed in most areas. Crop experts have estimated that with today’s larger farm equipment, as much as 15% of the corn grown in a given area can be planted in one day, when field and soil conditions are at optimal levels....More

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