137 articles tagged "Agronomy Tips".

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When early September arrives, hay harvest is coming to a close for another year. It is important to now follow through and Sample, Test, Allocate, and Balance or STAB your hay. Doing the STAB is an important best management practice to keep your livestock healthy.


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Droopy ears are cute on certain breeds of dogs, but droopy ears on corn plants prior to physiological maturity are a signal that grain fill has slowed or halted. Ears of corn normally remain erect until some time after physiological maturity (black layer development) has occurred, after which the ear shanks eventually collapse and the ears decline or “droop” down. The normal declination of the ears AFTER maturity is desirable from the perspective of shedding rainfall prior to harvest and avoiding the re-wetting of the kernels. PREMATURE ear declination, however, results in premature black layer formation, lightweight grain, and ultimately lower grain yield per acre.








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Many professions must invest in tools specific to their trade to be successful. Besides the typical tools of wrenches, screwdrivers, chisels and hammers, what other items or gadgets would be helpful to be a successful forage producer? People Find professionals that are knowledgeable, responsive, and have a passion for forages – Advisors should provide value Build good working relationships BEFORE a problem occurs Your county’s Purdue Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension Educator and Natural Resources Conservation Service office are valuable resources Join organizations that emphasize forages as a learning opportunity Excellent considerations would be the Indiana Forage Council (indianaforage.org) and your livestock interest association(s) Provides an opportunity to network with people of like interests Resource materials that emphasize forages Forage magazines, websites, podcasts, apps, and publications A great value is the Purdue Forage Field Guide (ID-317) A helpful weed control guide is WS-16-W. Order both at edustore.purdue.edu. Purdue Plant and[Read More…]



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