It has been a rough year for Dan. The season started with a frost on May 30 that stunted and killed some of his corn, then extreme drought conditions persisted all summer, and then the winds came and blew down part of his corn. Not to mention an invasion of pests and then the threat of Tar Spot. Still, the crop looks pretty good considering the year he has had. Dan shares three reasons why.
As the water starts to recede, Robbo Dedman and Matt Miles survey the damage to their soybean crop.
Chad's contest corn took a beating this week as a freak wind storm came through his northern Alabama farm and took it down in a matter of minutes. Now we see if it decides to stand back up over the next few days.
Farming in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, Kevin is no stranger to high temperatures (and high humidity, high water, high winds, and whatever else Mother Nature decides to throw at him), so he is prepping his crop with a treatment of Heat Shield from Hefty Naturals. Don't judge Heat Shield by its size, this stuff spreads like a fungus, and that's because it is a fungus...a beneficial fungus that lives and works inside the plant to increase its ability to withstand difficult growing environments.
Lee looks at some frost damage in his wheat crop and the difference between the damage in low and high moisture areas of his field. Lee talks about the recipe that he is using in his sprayer to alleviate the damage. He is using a mix of immune elicitors, PGRs and a few other additives to drive increased cell division and growth. Lee talks about his approach and the reasons why he is using the products he is using.
It's the XtremeAg.farm member webinar where the team unveils results from various trials, discusses key learnings and insights from the 2020 season. Topics discussed include, foliar and starter fertilizer trials, population research, soybean desiccation, late season nitrogen applications, seed selection, tillage, fungicide, biologicals, boron, sulfur, fertility, and much more.
Kelly Garrett saved the worst for last this harvest season but now he is about to face the devastation caused by the derecho in August as he prepares to combine the acres of corn that were flattened by the high winds and hail that came with the freak storm.
In sports they tell you to leave it all on the field. In farming the goal is to leave nothing on the field. Kelly's field was hit hard by the derecho earlier this summer and final yield totals suffered greatly as a result.
Lee hasn't seen any rain since early August. Luckily the drought showed up late this year when the crops are better equipped to handle it. The lack of rain is resulting in some very small bean sizes so far and it is pulling down yields from what he projected earlier in the growing season.