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Soybean desiccation can improve soybean harvest efficiency, but applying desiccants at the appropriate growth stage is key to success. Matt Miles, Robb Dedman and Kevin Matthews discuss their method for determining the right time to apply desiccants. In this member video, they discuss the importance of monitoring seed development and membrane detachment as a guide for maturity and desiccant application.
Dan Luepkes takes you into his corn field to show you what he scouts for later in the season. Dan looks for indicators of biological activity, root structure, stalk shape, and more.
Matt Miles is no stranger to the weather challenges that come with farming in the delta. His season-long battle with high heat, wetness and dryness was capped off this week with the arrival of Hurricane Laura.
It was a challenge for Chad to plant corn into wheat and soybean double-crop stubble as the soil would not dry out enough in time for March/April planting due to the leftover crop residue from the previous season's double-crop. Chad found a solution with a modified strip-freshener he built.
Kelly visits with Mark Coots from Teva Corporation and looks at the progress of the soybean trial plots.Kelly has only been farming this land for three years and the soil has some fertility issues that he is working on. Mark talks about the custom foliar he built for the beans in this field and the progress that he sees so far.
Matt has always been skeptical as to the real ROI of aftermarket concaves when compared to the factory concaves on his John Deere combines. This year he is running a few in-field comparison tests to see how the new XPR2 Concaves compare to the OEM Concaves in terms of yield loss, combine speed and ROI.
Dan and Melissa took a road trip this week and stopped in to see just how good the corn at Henderson Farms looks this year. Dan was impressed with what he sees and this isn't even the high-yield plot.
As last year's residue breaks down, microbial activity is increasing and now is the time to taking advantage of soil activity in order to increase uptake and test weight before harvest.
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