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2006

Agriculture

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

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Grain Quality And Handling Issues For 2006, Charles R. Hurburgh Oct 2006

Grain Quality And Handling Issues For 2006, Charles R. Hurburgh

Integrated Crop Management News

The erratic rainfall patterns across Iowa have affected both yield and quality for corn and soybeans. Because more corn is likely to be stored for local use through the entire crop year, attention to harvest and storage management details will be very important.


Harvesting Lodged Corn, H. Mark Hanna Sep 2006

Harvesting Lodged Corn, H. Mark Hanna

Integrated Crop Management News

Nearly every year, adverse weather and crop conditions result in lodged corn in a few fields in the state. Lodging may be caused by wind storm, stalk rot or other disease, rootworm activity, or some combination of these. Regardless, it is a frustrating situation. Combine operators need to accept that harvest will not be routine in these areas and recognize that extra time will be required.


Field Soil Variability And Its Impact On Crop Stand Uniformity, Mahdi Al-Kaisi, H. Mark Hanna Jun 2006

Field Soil Variability And Its Impact On Crop Stand Uniformity, Mahdi Al-Kaisi, H. Mark Hanna

Integrated Crop Management News

Soil variability plays a significant role in crop performance, especially in dry conditions, where spatial variability of soil texture can show the moisture shortage effect on plant stand variability across the field. Generally, soil is not uniform and immense spatial soil texture variability can be noticed across fields (see the June 12, 2006, ICM article (pages 169-171), What's the yield effect of uneven corn heights?). Soil texture is a key factor in influencing soil's water-holding capacity. Coarse-textured soils have a lower moisture-holding capacity due to high porosity and ability to drain excess water quicker than fine-textured soils.


Is Tillage Needed For Your Soybean Crop?, Mahdi Al-Kaisi, Mark A. Licht, H. Mark Hanna Apr 2006

Is Tillage Needed For Your Soybean Crop?, Mahdi Al-Kaisi, Mark A. Licht, H. Mark Hanna

Integrated Crop Management News

Every fall and spring, producers are faced with tillage decisions for the next crop year. Generally, tillage--whether for corn or soybean--has shown limited advantage in yield and economic returns, except in few cases where drainage and field conditions are challenging. As preparations for spring field operations are underway, producers need to stop and think about the choice of tillage system, given the challenges faced with energy prices and the associated cost of conventional tillage operations.