Friday, June 27, 2014

Small Grains Survey for June 9 - June 20, 2014

Crop growth stage maps from last week had fields across the NW region in the leaf to tillering stages. The map that will be published next week will show rapid progress, with fields in the joint - boot - flowering stages. The further south you go, the crop is flowering - milk stage, primarily the winter wheat.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Rolling Beans Postemergence in 2014

Rolling soybean fields prepare the field for harvesting by pushing rocks into the soil, breaking up corn rootballs, and firming/smoothing the seed bed allowing  combine heads to be run low to the ground with less risk of picking up rocks, rootballs, and dirt.

Land rolling can pose agronomic, economic, and environmental risks including plant injury/disease, soil sealing, erosion, and added expense.

Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of land rolling will help farmers decide if — and when — rolling makes sense.