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Benefits of Plant Tissue Testing in Soybeans and Corn

Every year, growers are looking for an edge to help push their soybean varieties and corn hybrids to reach their maximum yield potential. Plant tissue testing can be a useful tool to help you reach your yield goals.

10 Things to Consider to Increase Your Soybean Yields – Part 2 of 2

As shared in Part 1 of our two-part article, the genetic potential within a seed is not realized within a growing season due mainly to abiotic stresses (temperature, wind, sunlight, flood, drought, salt, minerals, etc). Helping reduce stress can have a positive impact on soybean yields.

Corn Doesn’t Lie

Do you want to know how well grazing corn is working for your cattle? Check their manure.
If the manure is largely free of yellow corn particles, it means the kernels are soft and highly digestible. If the manure contains a lot of yellow fragments, the kernels are hard and more difficult to digest.

Digesting the Facts on Grazing Corn

“One of the biggest advantages of grazing corn is that it produces the most tonnes of any crop,” says Tyler Russell, Western Canadian Manager for NorthStar Genetics Canada. “More tonnes make more energy, which ultimately produces more beef.”

Rotating Your Crops Pays Off

It is well documented that proper crop rotation is best practice for the sustainability and longevity of your farm. Rotating crops in a 3- to 4-year cycle helps lower disease and insect pressure, prolongs herbicide weed resistance when altering groups and adding tank mixes, and helps in tillage and fertility. There are plenty of benefits. So why do farmers deviate from their rotation?

When Corn Gets a Cool Reception

While farmers are usually warm hosts, they would love to give frost the cold shoulder. In years where you can’t avoid it, however, there are some things to keep in mind when frost might get to your silage corn.

The Corn Silage Harvest

Agronomists agree there are two steps involved in harvesting high-quality corn silage. First, determine if the corn has the correct moisture content. Second, make sure to harvest the crop in a timely manner.