Integrated Crop Management News

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Calculating Degree Days

April 17, 2008

By Rich Pope, Department of Entomology

Warm-blooded animals including humans generate their own internal heat and have regulatory systems to hold maintain body temperature in an operational range. These systems provide insulation from fluctuations of temperature in the environment and allow growth and development based on the passage of time in minutes, hours, weeks, months and years.

Too Early to Worry about Planting Corn!

April 16, 2008
Graph of Iowa corn planting progress ending April 21

By  Roger Elmore and Lori Abendroth, Department of Agronomy

Rain is forecast again for most of Iowa later this week. Little if any spring work has occurred because of cold weather and already saturated soils. More rain right now is not welcome for most of us corn growers!

Starting Clean in No-till

March 26, 2008

Bob Hartzler, Department of Agronomy

As more Iowa fields develop a history of no-till production, infestations of winter annual weeds are on the increase. The first step in managing winter annuals is proper identification of the species infesting the field. Many agronomists are relatively weak at identifying these weeds. A regional extension publication - Early spring weeds on no-till crop production  (NCR 614) - can assist in this process.

Winter Annual Weeds and SCN – Is There Cause for Concern?

March 25, 2008
Timeline of winter annual weed and soybean growth and SCN activity

By Greg Tylka, Department of Plant Pathology

The frequency of occurrence of winter annual weeds in Iowa fields has increased as more fields are managed with no-till production practices. And in recent years, scientists have discovered that the winter annual weeds purple deadnettle, henbit and field pennycress are moderate to good hosts for the soybean cyst nematode (SCN).

Foliar Fungicides Publication Available

March 18, 2008

Daren Mueller, Extension Plant Pathologist

If the risk of soybean rust development is high and the crop is before growth stage R6, fungicides may be needed. For fungicides to be most effective, they need to be applied as close to the time soybean rust initially infects plants in a field.

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