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Mitchell Baum
July 10, 2020 2:55 PM

Sotirios Archontoulis
July 10, 2020 2:55 PM

Mark Licht
July 10, 2020 2:55 PM

Each year, decisions on planting date and cultivar selection are the major deciding factors on yield potential. Under current, year-to-year variable weather patterns and future climate change these decisions have become much more important. And there is a known knowledge gap on how future...

Crop Production

Tyler White
July 9, 2020 2:40 PM

Mark Licht
July 9, 2020 2:40 PM

For a couple of years, some Iowa farmers have noticed lower yields along the southern and/or western edges of their fields. The low yields along the border tend to be prevalent when soybean, hay, or pasture are growing adjacently to the field on the southern or western edge. This phenomenon...

Crop Production

Daren Mueller
July 8, 2020 11:21 AM

Now is the time when decisions to apply a foliar fungicide in soybeans are being made. As you are making that decision, this is a quick reminder that fungicide resistance, particularly to the quinone outside inhibitor (QoI) fungicides (FRAC Code 11), has been found to be widespread in Iowa in...

Plant Diseases

Mark Licht
July 8, 2020 10:23 AM

Sotirios Archontoulis
July 8, 2020 10:23 AM

Since July 1 high humidity and temperatures have been scorching Iowa. Okay, maybe that is a little extreme. June has led to dry conditions across much of central and southwest Iowa. Heat and dry weather are not desired weather conditions in the 2 weeks before or after pollination. This four-week...

Crop Production

Bob Hartzler
July 8, 2020 7:00 AM

Prashant Jha
July 8, 2020 7:00 AM

There is no question that dicamba injury across the Iowa landscape in 2020 is the most extensive it has been since the introduction of dicamba in the 1960s. ISUEO field agronomists and commercial agronomists in several areas of the state report nearly all non-dicamba resistant soybean are...

Weeds

Rebecca Vittetoe
July 7, 2020 9:49 PM

Limited rainfall and the warmer temperatures causing crop stress, herbicide injury in soybeans, soybean gall midge, and Japanese beetles were some of the common issues or concerns that ISU Extension field agronomists saw in fields across the state this last week. Read on to see what’s happening...

Crop Production

Meaghan Anderson
July 7, 2020 8:26 AM

Angie Rieck-Hinz
July 7, 2020 8:26 AM

Extension specialists in Iowa and Minnesota are again collaborating to provide a series of short webinars for farmers, ag professionals, Extension personnel and other interested parties from July 14 to July 23. The theme is “Essential Row Crop Management" for summer 2020, with a focus on key...

Crop Production, Insects and Mites, Plant Diseases

Bob Hartzler
July 3, 2020 10:20 AM

Nearly 20 years ago I summarized research from the University of Minnesota investigating factors that influence volatilization of dicamba (Behrens and Lueschen. 1979. Dicamba volatility. Weed Sci...

Weeds

Erin Hodgson
July 2, 2020 3:27 PM

After visiting several ISU Research and Demonstration Farms this week, our summer crew started seeing caterpillars in soybean plots. Many species are possible at once, but rarely do they cause economic injury in Iowa. Defoliation must exceed 20% after bloom to justify a rescue foliar treatment...

Crop Production, Insects and Mites

Rebecca Vittetoe
June 30, 2020 10:38 PM

Lack of moisture in the western part of the state to excess moisture in the eastern part of the state, herbicide injury in soybeans, and bacterial leaf streak in corn were the common issues or concerns that ISU Extension field agronomists saw and heard about this past week. Read on to see what’s...

Crop Production

Meaghan Anderson
June 29, 2020 6:46 PM

Bob Hartzler
June 29, 2020 6:46 PM

We’ve seen more herbicide injury to soybean than I recall in past summers, resulting in questions about determining the source and reasons for the damage. This ICM Blog will share some tips on identifying herbicide injury we’ve seen this summer in soybean fields.

Crop injury may be caused...

Weeds, Herbicide Resistance

Paul Kassel
June 25, 2020 10:01 PM

Bob Hartzler
June 25, 2020 10:01 PM

There have been a few fields where topramezone – the active ingredient in Impact and Armezon – carried over from an application last June – and is injuring this year’s soybean crop. Other agronomists have reported carryover of other Group 27 herbicides on soybean this year (mesotrione,...

Crop Production

Mark Licht
June 25, 2020 1:09 PM

Zach Clemens
June 25, 2020 1:09 PM

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Leaf ripples and yellowing shortly after the whorl unfurls...

Crop Production

Rebecca Vittetoe
June 23, 2020 10:13 PM

Spotty rainfall across the state, herbicide drift, “Rapid Growth Syndrome” in corn, and shorter beans were common issues or concerns that ISU Extension Field Agronomists saw and heard about this past week. Read on for more specifics about what’s happening in different regions across the state....

Crop Production

Mark Licht
June 23, 2020 9:40 AM

Many farmers and agronomists are noticing short soybean this spring. Some are pondering if there is something that can be done to spur some additional growth as flowering is fast approaching, if not already begun. The surprise with short soybean is that planting was timely. The unfortunate...

Crop Production, Equipment and Machinery

Alison Robertson
June 22, 2020 3:27 PM

Over the weekend there have been several reports of bacterial leaf streak (BLS) of corn in eastern Iowa.  The infections also appear to be quite severe (Figure 1).

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Plant Diseases

Joel DeJong
June 22, 2020 1:17 PM

There have been reports of flowers in the earliest planted soybeans, and I observed them in NW Iowa late last week. That means these beans are entering the R-1 stage of development. If you have a history of white mold in your soybeans and are considering treatment for reducing the impact of this...

Plant Diseases

Terry Basol
June 18, 2020 4:40 PM

Temperature Inversions

It is never recommended to spray a pesticide when a temperature inversion exists, and many labels provide guidelines to follow in order to avoid applications during one. This blog will discuss what temperature inversions are, why they can be...

Crop Production, Pesticide Education, Weeds

Erin Hodgson
June 18, 2020 3:56 PM

Today, with Ashley Dean and Angie Rieck-Hinz, I met Warren Pierson at FEEL to look for corn rootworm larvae. I predicted peak corn rootworm egg hatch for central Iowa this week based on accumulating degree days. We had no trouble finding larvae in refuge corn, ranging from ¼ to ½ inches in...

Crop Production, Insects and Mites

Zach Clemens
June 17, 2020 3:58 PM

Laura Jesse Iles
June 17, 2020 3:58 PM

The growing season is in full swing, and as Iowa growers and gardeners move along toward the Fourth of July, it is important to remember that the COVID-19 precautions continue to alter operations at the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic (PIDC).

The PIDC continues to...

Plant Diseases

Rebecca Vittetoe
June 16, 2020 9:26 PM

Reports of soybean gall midge adults emerging, rainfall or lack of rainfall, weed management concerns, and herbicide drift were some of the common issues or concerns that ISU Extension field agronomists saw or heard about this past week. Read on for more about what's happening in specific...

Crop Production

Sotirios Archontoulis
June 15, 2020 10:18 AM

Mark Licht
June 15, 2020 10:18 AM

Zach Clemens
June 15, 2020 10:18 AM

Radiation is down up to June 1 according the latest FACTS extrapolations.

The springtime decreases in radiation—especially in May—could have caused yellowing corn leaves and slowed down leaf appearance rates (radiation and moisture play a role in phenology, even though temperature is the...

Crop Production

Erin Hodgson
June 12, 2020 3:45 PM

Today, ISU entomology graduate student, Mitchell Helton, captured the first adult soybean gall midge in Iowa. Just a few hours later, cooperator Lauren Botine (Corteva Agriscience), collected another adult. Currently, our traps are placed in fields infested with soybean gall midge in 2019. There...

Crop Production, Insects and Mites

Rebecca Vittetoe
June 9, 2020 8:46 PM

Sidedressing nitrogen, post emergence herbicide applications, and putting up hay were the main field activities that took place over this past week across the state. Some of the issues ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomists saw this past week ranged from dry conditions in the western part...

Crop Production

John Sawyer
June 9, 2020 3:23 PM

Yellowing of corn plants early in the season can be confusing to diagnose. And in some conditions there may be a period of time after corn emergence where small corn just does not look good. There can be a number of causes for plant yellowing. An example is the description in a recent ICM Blog...

Soil Fertility

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