These are the top 10 questions encountered during the 2017 growing season. If you would like to see the rest of the top 20 list, visit the Think Burrus blog.
This year, the two main offenders seen across our footprint have been Aspergillus and Fusarium ear rots.
Stress during the grain fill period can increase the risk of stalk rots in corn prior to grain harvest.
When looking at the 2017 planting dates across the Burrus footprint, there were some commonalities because of Mother Nature.
This year, we have noticed tip back on many ears across the Burrus footprint.
The success of the LibertyLink system can be attributed to both the high yield potential of the LibertyLink seed as well as the excellent weed control of Liberty® herbicide.
It will depend on the temperatures over the next few weeks to know if fungal diseases such as Northern corn leaf blight (NCLB) or Southern rust make an appearance.
Japanese beetles can be a devastating pest in both corn and soybeans.
Twenty years ago all soybeans were conventional, growers could be relatively sure that a post-soy-bean herbicide was fair game for all soybeans on the market. Today, we find ourselves at an interesting point in soybean weed management.
As we approach June, unfortunately, many have faced the difficult decision of whether to replant once, if not twice.
One of the most common questions the Burrus agronomists are receiving this spring is, "how will uneven stands affect my corn yields?"
With the many new soybean technologies being introduced, we know none will be the silver bullet to solve all our weed problems.
Seeding rate, actual plant population, and row spacing are all tied together.
Many growers across the Burrus footprint are starting to see weed resistance to multiple herbicide chemistries.
A brief glance at recent US drought monitor proves troubling, with the specter of drought looming as seen on the US Drought Monitor website.
Ultimately, the most important factor in deciding when to plant is a favorable seedbed.
Recently, there has been evidence of single rootworm traits not providing sufficient protection against western corn rootworm.
Inconsistent planting leads to uneven emergence which is a drag on yields. This is true in conventional tillage systems and takes on a new level of importance in no-till situations.
A generation ago, only those raising specialty corns worried about pollen drift. Today, transgenic crops blanket the countryside.
For any plant disease to occur, we need a plant disease triangle: pathogen, susceptible host, and favorable environment over time.
Each year, the Burrus research team runs a series of population studies to give growers the most up-to-date information on correct planting populations for our hybrids.
Honey bees and neonicotinoid insecticides – they might appear opposed to one another, incapable of occupying the same space. However, our industry is making sure the two can coexist.
With the onset of a super moon and farmers with auto steer, you can bet some interesting questions start to filter into agronomists.
Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans are undoubtedly going to make a big splash in the marketplace this year and for good reasons.
Our industry cannot predict trouble with certainty, but we can look at data, assess risk, and manage for it.
This time of year while wrapping up harvest, many growers are starting to think about fall applied nitrogen fertilizer.
Until recently, soybean cyst nematode (SCN) has not been discussed much, but it is known to be the number one threat to soybean production around the world.
When some of our highest yielding hybrids were not getting enough sunlight for the males to function properly using the interplant system, the Burrus production staff worked to find a solution.
Burrus Sales Agronomist, Stephanie Porter, has spent a lot of me the past several months on the road, covering the Burrus footprint, visiting growers and hearing what concerns they have this time of year.
What can you achieve by spreading out silking dates? Prevention of diplodia ear rot!
The following statement is always true, and agriculture tends to dust that statement off each year: "It is just hard to classify a growing season regionally."
Most research indicates an increased yield response and return on investment from fungicide, when foliar disease is present.
Some of the main concerns on growers' minds this summer have been, "how dry is too dry?" and "what should I expect this fall?".
The Burrus footprint has observed a steady increase in corn borer pressure within the fields of conventional hybrid growers for three years now.
Many Burrus growers are planting soybeans treated with the high rate (.15 mg) of ILeVO® seed treatment in 2016.
Every wet spring, the agronomists here at Burrus are continually asked how late is too late to plant or replant corn?
While Burrus is not prepared to say that growers must begin to apply sulfur, we do believe a day is coming when this will be the case.
Before you make the decision to plant your soybeans early, know the facts on the risks and potential rewards.
For the past 25 years, growers have been blending two varieties of sweet corn as a way to increase stands.
Marestail management in beans requires vigorous planning and no delay in action
The expiration of the U.S. patent of the original Roundup Ready soybean trait leads to many questions about saving seed.
Inconsistent planting leads to uneven emergence which is a drag on yields.
Reasons for hope and calls to action. Resistance poses a severe threat to row crop agriculture.
Don’t Count On Spraying Xtend Herbicide in 2016. A common topic on many growers’ minds is weed resistance, and more specifically, how to maximize yields while still being good stewards of the land.
Growers in the Northwest part of the Burrus footprint may find the title of this article a little odd. Fields fertilized but not planted? How could that be possible?
The Burrus agronomic team does not believe much nitrogen loss occurred during recent rainfall, and our team believes it is way too early to call for rescue N.
Burrus is continuing to use the Crop Optimization Planner (COP) by MyFarmsSM that combines proprietary product knowledge collected by the Burrus research team with data provided by growers to help manage and improve crop production.
With new herbicides in the pipeline; so many growers await the approval of the introduction of soybean varieties with various herbicide traits.
During the last two years, waterhemp has exploded in soybean fields. Are they herbicide resistant?
Cover crops have grown in popularity over the last several years, and they will (undoubtedly) continue to grow in popularity.
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Will the decrease in rootworm pressure impact 2016?
Researchers know that prolonged rainy, cool weather decreases rootworm field to field migration. Frankly, if rootworms didn’t survive within a specific field, neighboring fields could not boost that field’s beetle population.
After pollination has occurred, the corn yield potential is set. We can't add to the corn yield potential, but we sure can try to preserve that yield potential!
Unfortunately, due to the heavy amounts of rain during the vegetative growth stages of soybeans, we are now starting to see the above ground symptoms of Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS).
We have been hearing about the importance of early action on weeds while they are small, at a max of about six inches in height.
First generation European corn borer makes for some pretty easy scouting.
When it comes to plant disease spread, we usually assume a rainy season, humidity, moisture, and even dew are favorable conditions for foliar corn diseases.
This “curious phenomenon” as termed by R.L. (Bob) Nelson of Purdue University is thought to occur when corn shifts from slow development to rapid development.
Testing/commercializing non-GM hybrids is a significant and unique commitment at Burrus.
Keeping track of post-emerge herbicide families can get a little tricky.
Yes, soybeans can be vulnerable to pythium and Phytophthora roots rots (and even Rhizoctonia root rot).
Soybeans are being planted, have been planted, are coming up, and are putting on trifoliates.
Burrus is excited to offer the ILeVO® seed treatment combined with our base soybean PowerShield® treatment.
Despite great transgenic products for cutworm control, we still (occasionally) run into cutworm-derived stand injury.
This quick reference divides common residual pre-emerge bean mode of action families into general categories.
The early winter with sub zero temperatures, may be of concern for alfalfa winterkill this spring.
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Burrus is now offering the ILeVO® seed treatment, in addition to their current PowerShield® soybean seed treatment, on select soybean varieties.
Burrus recently produced an article on the use of nitrification inhibitors with spring applied anhydrous.
Many growers have taken an important fertilizer management lesson to heart.
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Recently, Dave Hughes visited with the Burrus and Hughes Sales staff and asked these, very questions.