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Proceedings of the Integrated Crop Management Conference

1992

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Effect Of N Rate And Time Of Application On Corn Grain Yield And N Recovery, Randy Killom, Regis Voss, Joyce Hornstein Dec 1992

Effect Of N Rate And Time Of Application On Corn Grain Yield And N Recovery, Randy Killom, Regis Voss, Joyce Hornstein

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Iowa crop producers purchase and apply 7.6% of all the nitrogen (N) fertilizer used in the United States to support production of com, small grains, and pasture on nearly twenty million acres annually (Hargett and Berry, 1990). The annual cost of the nitrogen fertilizer (1.5 million tons in 1990) exceeds $300 million.


Application Of Chromosome Maps To Soybean Improvements, Lisa Lorenzen, Randy Shoemaker, Sam Boutin, Nevin Young Dec 1992

Application Of Chromosome Maps To Soybean Improvements, Lisa Lorenzen, Randy Shoemaker, Sam Boutin, Nevin Young

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The mention of a trademark or proprietary product does not constitute a guarantee or warranty of the product by the United Sates Department of Agriculture or Iowa State University and does not imply its approval to the exclusion of other products that may be suitable.


Seed Quality Evaluation Methods, Tim J. Gutormson Dec 1992

Seed Quality Evaluation Methods, Tim J. Gutormson

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Seed quality evaluation methods will be discussed during a tour of the I.S.U. Seed Testing Laboratory. The following discussion of seed quality is provided as background or reference information. The importance of quality seed stocks is often taken for granted in U.S. agriculture. High quality seed supplies of the major crops have evolved through the competitive nature of the U.S. seed industry. However, occasionally an emergence, contamination, or seed quality question arises. To help answer these seed quality questions it is useful to understand seed evaluation methods and labeling requirements.


Digital Soil Maps For Iowa, Gerald A. Miller, Robert C. Mortensen Dec 1992

Digital Soil Maps For Iowa, Gerald A. Miller, Robert C. Mortensen

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The Iowa Cooperative Soil Survey (ICSS) initiated a program in 1987 to transfer printed soil maps in each county soil survey report to an electronic database. The purpose of this cooperative project is to provide a computerized database of the county soil maps to support federal, state, local and private sector decision-making concerning use and management of Iowa's soil resources.


Soybean Cyst Nematode- Identification And Extraction Techniques, Gregory L. Tylka Dec 1992

Soybean Cyst Nematode- Identification And Extraction Techniques, Gregory L. Tylka

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A major factor limiting soybean production in Iowa is parasitism by the soybean cyst nematode, Heterodera glycines. Soybean cyst nematode is now known to be present in 54 counties within Iowa. It is very likely that the nematode is present in many other counties as well, but the nonspecific nature of the above-ground symptoms of soybean cyst nematode damage makes early identification or diagnosis of infestations difficult.


Waste Corn As A Source Of Inoculum Of Aspergillus Flavus, The Cause Of Aflatoxin, D. C. Mcgee, O. M. Olanya, L. H. Tiffany Dec 1992

Waste Corn As A Source Of Inoculum Of Aspergillus Flavus, The Cause Of Aflatoxin, D. C. Mcgee, O. M. Olanya, L. H. Tiffany

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Aspergillus Flavus occurs worldwide in diverse habitats on a variety of plant and animal substrates. In the United States, contamination of susceptible crops particularly maize, peanuts, cottonseed, and tree nuts has become a major health concern because of the development of the carcinogen, aflatoxin. Extensive research into all aspects of the biology of A. flavus over the past twenty years still has left many unanswered but very basic questions about the ecology of this important organism.


Evaluating Weed Management Programs For The Development Of Herbicide Resistance, Bob Hartzler Dec 1992

Evaluating Weed Management Programs For The Development Of Herbicide Resistance, Bob Hartzler

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The phenomena of herbicide resistance is not a new concern; triazine resistant weeds were first reported in the late 1960's. Since then, resistance has developed to many other important classes of herbicides. Although there are isolated infestations of triazine resistant weeds across Iowa, these weeds are not considered a major problem in the state. Recent shifts in herbicide use patterns has increased the potential for the development of resistant biotypes. This paper will describe factors which influence the development of resistance and how weed management programs can be manipulated to minimize the potential for resistance.


What's With The Weather?, S. Elwynn Taylor Dec 1992

What's With The Weather?, S. Elwynn Taylor

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Most crops are well adapted to the prevailing climate. Nevertheless, weather remains the most significant factor in successful crop production. Weather-wise management of production and marketing can greatly reduce the risk of crop loss and of fmancial failure in crop production. The cyclic nature of midwest weather, the relationship of potential yield to soil moisture, and the effects of temperature on the development of crops and crop pests should be understood by the farmer and by the farm service representative. Com yield in Iowa and Illinois improved slowly during the first half of the 20th century. There was considerable yield ...


Phosphorus And Potassium Fertilization Of Corn And Soybean, Antonio P. Mallarino Dec 1992

Phosphorus And Potassium Fertilization Of Corn And Soybean, Antonio P. Mallarino

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Fertilization practices for phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) during the last three decades have increased soil-test P (STP) values and soil-test K (STK) values of most agricultural soils in Iowa. This tendency for soil-test values to increase with time generally has been considered a desirable consequence of fertilization. This was especially true about 30 or 40 years ago when many Iowa soils tested very low or low in STP and STK. Recent soil-test summaries (Killom, Voss, and Eik, 1990) and surveys (Blackmer and Mallarino, unpublished), however, indicate that more than 70% of Iowa soils test high or very high in ...


Reducing Pesticide Movement To Surface Water, Margaret A. Smith Dec 1992

Reducing Pesticide Movement To Surface Water, Margaret A. Smith

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Pesticides (largely herbicides) can be detected in Iowa surface waters---but when found, are usually at very low concentrations (ppb). Concentrations and total herbicide losses to surface waters are often highest in the spring after chemical applications and heavy rains. Many management practices can be used to help minimize pesticides in Iowa waters. Farmers, dealers, and pesticide applicators may address the issue by focusing only on herbicide management. Other crop management tools are as important and should be considered before changing pest control strategies. The following checklist may be helpful for farm advisors reviewing options for reducing pesticides in surface waters.


What Is The Best Soybean Row Width? A U.S. Perspective, Richard Johnson, D. E. Green, C. W. Jordan Dec 1992

What Is The Best Soybean Row Width? A U.S. Perspective, Richard Johnson, D. E. Green, C. W. Jordan

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What is the "best" row width for soybeans? That seemingly simple question has been the subject of debate and research for about 80 years - ever since people stopped thinking of soybeans as a hay crop and started considering it a grain crop.


Subsurface Flow Barriers To Reduce Nitrate Leaching, R. Horton, T. C. Kaspar, J. L. Baker, M. Kiuchi Dec 1992

Subsurface Flow Barriers To Reduce Nitrate Leaching, R. Horton, T. C. Kaspar, J. L. Baker, M. Kiuchi

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Groundwater is a very important natural resource which directly affects many human lives. In the United States, groundwater is the source of about 22 percent of the freshwater used. About 53 percent of the total population and 97 percent of the rural population use groundwater supplies for their drinking water (Moody, 1990). Although contamination of groundwater can occur naturally, agriculture is considered to be one of the most widespread nonprofit sources of groundwater contamination. Among agricultural chemicals, nitrogen-fertilizer has been used most extensively, especially by com producers. About one million tons of nitrogen-fertilizer are used annually in Iowa. In some ...


Spray-Wind-Inversion, S. Elwynn Taylor Dec 1992

Spray-Wind-Inversion, S. Elwynn Taylor

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Wind, clouds, humidity, stability--there are numerous properties of the atmosphere that influence effective application of agricultural chemicals. Whenever a material is dispersed in the atmosphere, some of it will, inevitably not reach the intended target. The responsibility of the applicator is to minimize drift that is to apply at a time and in a manner that will not result in the movement of significant concentrations of material away from the target zone: Drift can result from wind carry, from high concentrations of fine mist suspended in the air, and from vapor drift. Drift may be hazardous to nontarget crops, to ...


Beneficial Microorganisms In Low-Input Agriculture, Thomas E. Loynachan Dec 1992

Beneficial Microorganisms In Low-Input Agriculture, Thomas E. Loynachan

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The overall involvement of microorganisms in crop production still remains much of a mystery. Because of their distribution and size, most studies have been done in the laboratory and the implications of these studies referred back to the field. With this approach, unfortunately, much remains unknown, not only about the growth of individual organisms, but certainly the interactions of organisms in nature. Several "nontraditional" soil amendments have been marketed over the years that capitalize on our lack of understanding of soil microbial processes. Terms such as soil activators, soil enhancers, and enzyme stimulators have been used, claiming to improve soil ...


Soybean Cyst Nematode- Biology And Management, Gregory L. Tylka Dec 1992

Soybean Cyst Nematode- Biology And Management, Gregory L. Tylka

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The soybean cyst nematode, Heterodera glycines, is a small, unsegmented plant-parasitic roundworm that attacks the roots of soybeans. While many plant-parasitic nematodes are believed to be endemic or native to the United States, the soybean cyst nematode was apparently introduced from Japan. Soybean cyst nematode was first discovered in the United States in 1954 in North Carolina (Winstead et al., 1955). It has since spread to 28 additional states in the Southeast and Midwest (Noel, 1992). It was first discovered in Iowa in Winnebago County in 1978. The presence of soybean cyst nematode has been confirmed in 54 counties within ...


Factors Affecting Postemergence Herbicide Activity, Bob Hartzler Dec 1992

Factors Affecting Postemergence Herbicide Activity, Bob Hartzler

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Postemergence herbicides have become an increasingly important tool in weed management systems. Reasons for this increase include the introduction of new products, environmental concerns, and changes in production practices. Several factors influence the performance of postemergence herbicides, including timing of application, environmental conditions, spray additives, and method of application. This paper will focus on specific aspects concerning postemergence herbicide use that have been the focus of recent questions.


Theory And Practice: Weed Management In No Tillage Soybeans, Micheal D. K. Owen Dec 1992

Theory And Practice: Weed Management In No Tillage Soybeans, Micheal D. K. Owen

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Recent changes in government policy and concerns for soil conservation have resulted in considerable interest in no tillage soybean production. Further, there has been a coincidental shift in narrow row production. These efforts represent an interest to increase the amount of plant residue left intact on the soil surface after planting thus reducing soil erosion and an attempt to manipulate row spacing to improve soybean yield potential. However, growers intuitively recognize that weed management becomes increasingly challenging as the amount of soil disturbance is decreased. The difficulty in weed management when seed bed preparation tillage is eliminated is the result ...


Improving Soybean Profits With Management, Edward S. Oplinger Dec 1992

Improving Soybean Profits With Management, Edward S. Oplinger

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Reduced and no-tillage systems for crop production are increasing in importance as part of soil conservation programs throughout most of the USA. Some of the current interest is the result of the Federal Farm Program and the need to be in compliance with farm plans. For some soybean producers, adoption of some form of reduced tillage will be the only way they can continue to raise soybean on certain fields. Some growers are also adopting reduced tillage as a soil stewardship practice and also as a means of reducing equipment and labor costs and to improve profits. This new method ...


Disease.Pro: A Computerized Disease Assessment Training Program, Forrest W. Nutter Dec 1992

Disease.Pro: A Computerized Disease Assessment Training Program, Forrest W. Nutter

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Disease.Pro is a computerized disease assessment training program designed to help people working in the agricultural sciences improve their ability to estimate disease proportion.


Fall Vs Spring Application Of Nitrogen, Gyles W. Randall Dec 1992

Fall Vs Spring Application Of Nitrogen, Gyles W. Randall

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Fall application of nitrogen (N) has been a way-of-life for many Upper Midwest farmers for a number of years. The primary advantages of fall compared to spring application are: (1) spread out the work load for both the farmer and dealer, (2) reduce potential soil compaction by eliminating another field operation in the spring, and (3) slight price advantages for fall application. But with the eight-month period between application and the time of greatest N uptake by com, the potential loss of N from the soil system increases. These potential losses lead to poorer economic return and contamination of surface ...


Common Corn Diseases, C. A. Martinson Dec 1992

Common Corn Diseases, C. A. Martinson

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The causes of root and stalk rots of com commonly observed in Iowa are primarily fungal pathogens. In some instances the pathogen causes both root rot and stalk rot and some pathogens are associated with only one or the other.


The Research Basis For Wisconsin's Legume Nitrogen Credits, K. A. Kelling, L. G. Bundy, R. P. Wolkowski Dec 1992

The Research Basis For Wisconsin's Legume Nitrogen Credits, K. A. Kelling, L. G. Bundy, R. P. Wolkowski

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The ability of legumes to supply nitrogen to succeeding crops has been recognized for many years. The amount of actual N available will depend on the amount of N in the alfalfa and its availability, and any additional soil N that may be released due to the growth of the legume. From a practical standpoint, however, it is not the amount of N added to the system that is of primary importance. Much more important is the amount of N not needed by the com when the com is grown following the legume. This approach, commonly called the nitrogen fertilizer ...


"The Right Stuff", Farming By Location, Tom Colvin, Jack Ambuel, Kandiah Jeyapalan Dec 1992

"The Right Stuff", Farming By Location, Tom Colvin, Jack Ambuel, Kandiah Jeyapalan

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A satellite-based positioning system is being developed to determine the location of farm equipment while working in the field. A satellite receiver mounted in a moving tractor or combine calculates position coordinates based on signals received from a selection of satellites in the Department of Defense Global Positioning System (GPS). The position coordinates are retrieved from the receiver by a computer and combined in a common data base with additional information collected by the computer such as yield, soil fertility, soil moisture, temperature, implement draft, and fuel consumption. There are a number of possible applications for this system. One is ...


1992- Another Unusual Crop Season, Garren O. Benson Dec 1992

1992- Another Unusual Crop Season, Garren O. Benson

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According to the October Crop Report the 1992 Iowa com and soybean yields are estimated at 135 and 42 bulac, respectively. These numbers may change somewhat in the November and January crop reports; however, there is little question that the crop is a big one. The main concern as of mid-October was getting com dry enough so that harvest can proceed. As the crop matured 10 to 20 days late, it is not surprising that wet grain would be a problem. Ear and stalk rots and grain physical quality problems could also be concerns. With the small acreage set-aside (5 ...