The Corn Report
Corn Video Report

Late Season Corn Disease Scouting Tips.

Agronomist Cain Templeman provides some tips on what farmers should be looking for in their fields at this stage of the corn crop. Identifying disease pressure in the corn crop will indicate how will the fungicides have performed or if a fungicide program is needed next year.


Scouting For Corn Leaf Disease

Rob Miller, Technical Services Manager with BASF Canada provides some tips on how to scout for corn leaf diseases. He also describes how to identify Northern Leaf Blight and what farmers can do to manage for highest yield potential.


Planting Tips For High Yields In Challenging Spring Weather.

We visit with Maizex Seeds' Agronomy Lead, Tim Welbanks during planting to discuss a few topics that farmers should consider when planning for a high yielding corn crop even when the spring weather is a challenge. Farmers should maintain their seed planting depth, planter set up, planting speed, tillage and soil preparation as well as some fertility considerations.


Farms.com Corn Report: PreSeason Planter Preparation Tips.

Greg Kitching from Premier Equipment provides some tips on what farmers should be doing to prepare their planters for a productive spring planting season. Premier had a planter clinic with some of their customers to make sure they were ready for spring.


Farms.com Corn Report: IGPC Ethanol Inc., Farmers Fueling The Future.

Farms.com Corn Report visits IGPC Ethanol's (Integrated Grain Processors Co-operative) plant in Aylmer, Ontario. The 160 Million litre ethanol plant started operations five years ago by a group of farmers purchases over 16 million bushels of corn per year and creates more than 50 full time jobs. Visit the www.IGPC.ca to learn more about the organization.


Farms.com Corn Report: Innovation In Seed Corn Production - Visiting Maizex Seeds.

Dave Baute, President of Maizex Seeds shares some of the new innovations the company is using to continuously improve the quality and performance of their hybrid seed corn production.


Farms.com Corn Report: News At Maizex Seeds, Getting To Know The People And Company.

Dave Baute, President and Founder of Maizex Seeds discusses some of the news from the company and how they work to help farmers succeed with their corn and soybean crops.


Farms.com Corn Report: Innovation In Seed Corn Production - Visiting Maizex Seeds.

Dave Baute, President of Maizex Seeds shares some of the new innovations the company is using to continuously improve the quality and performance of their hybrid seed corn production.


Farms.com Corn Report: Checking Corn For Maturity Near Harvest Time.

Tim Welbanks, Agronomy Lead at MAIZEX SEEDS, examines silage corn and 3100 heat unit grain corn for maturity near harvest time. He provides some tips on how to produce a high yielding corn crop for grain or silage.


Farms.com Corn Report: Tim Welbanks examines corn at pollination.

Tim Welbanks Agronomy Lead at MAIZEX Seeds examines the corn at the Skinner Farm at pollination for disease and pest issues and overall plant health.


Farms.com Corn Report: Yield Benefits Of A Fungicide Application on Corn.

Rob Miller Technical Development Manager at BASF discusses the benefits of applying a fungicide to help reduce disease damage, improve standability, maintain optimum corn plant health which will result in higher yields.


Farms.com Corn Report: Innovative Ways To Scout Corn Fields From Above With A UAV Drone.

Steve Redmond, Independent Crop Consultant demonstrates an innovative way to scout crops from above with a UAV ( Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Aeryon drone.


Farms.com Corn Report: Crosby Devitt Shares Some Insight On Corn Research At AAFC.

Crosby Devitt from the Grain Farmers of Ontario shares some insights on some corn research that is being conducted at the new greenhouse facility which was recently opened by Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada in London, Ontario and how it can benefit farmers.


Farms.com Corn Report: Tools for Early Season Corn Crop Scouting. Part 2

Independent Crop Agronomist Steve Redmond scouts a corn field early in the spring to make sure there are no problems with emergence, insect problems or weed control issues.

Steve shows how to determine the final corn plant populations by counting plants across a field and checking how the corn planter has performed for the farmer. Steve digs up some plants to help producers determine what the causes might be if there are issues with emergence.



Farms.com Corn Report: Tools for Early Season Corn Crop Scouting. Part 1

Independent Crop Agronomist Steve Redmond prepares to scout a corn field early in the season to make sure the corn gets off to a good start and no pests are going to rob yield potential.

In Part 1, Steve reviews what tools he uses when he is out scouting corn fields to watch for pest and to determine plant populations.



Farms.com Corn Report: Planting Tips For Producing High Corn Yields.

Farms.com Corn Report: Tim Welbanks, Agronomy Lead with Maizex Seeds provides some tips farmers should consider when planting the corn crop to achieve maximum yields. Tim shares some of thoughts on planting depth, fertility programs, tillage and pest control programs and uses a practical example followed by Maizex Seeds customers George and Doug Skinner who farm near Mt Brydges, Ontario.

Maizex Agronomy News

My corn is tillering – should I be worried?

By Shawn Winter

Tillering in corn was a concern in the early 1900’s when it was thought that tillers robbed the main stem of the plant ...
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Corn Pollination

By Laura Johnston

The flowering period of corn is one of the most critical periods in grain yield determination. Stress during pollination such ..
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Are my soybeans healthy?

By Chuck Belanger

We have reached the stage in soybean development when nodules are forming. Every year I customers that are concerned th ...
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Dave Baute Elected 63rd President of the Canadian Seed Trade Association

By Kim Dempsey

Banff, Alberta: Thursday July 17, 2014 – Dave Baute, the owner and President of Maizex Seeds in Tilbury, Ontario has be ..
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Soybean Fungicide Timing

By Tim Welbanks

As you can see from the chart, economic return on fields with no disease is questionable. It does appear that earlier applica ...
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Corn – Important Growth Stage Milestones

By Kirk Van Will

Understanding what goes on within a corn plant is important to your final yield. In order to track your corn’s gr ..
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Is Your Corn Competing?

By Shawn Winter

Weed management in several areas of the province has been challenging. Weather has prevented herbicides from being appl ...
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Figuring out Fungicides

By Cain Templeman

Despite a lot of variability in development, there are corn fields that are now in the application window for an early fungic ...
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Soybean Staging and Herbicides

By Kristen McGuire

With our cold spring, weeds are late to emerge - especially annuals such as: common ragweed, lamb quarters, etc. Pre-plant bu ...
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The Sins of Strip Till

By Kirk Van Will

I have heard and spoken about many positives around strip till, but wanted to share a big negative that I saw in spots this s ...
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Managing Soil Crusting Issues

By Chuck Belanger

In areas where rainfall amounted to 1 to 3 inches in a matter of minutes, there is a possibility of crusting. We need to be p ...
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Early Soybean Development

By Laura Johnston

When soybeans are planted, germination begins by the seed absorbing water from the soil until the moisture content is approxi ...
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Management Considerations for Rolling Soybeans

By Tim Welbanks

Rolling seeded soybean fields after planting seals in moisture, pushes down stones, crushes clods, breaks up last years&rsquo ...
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Should Black Cutworm be a concern?

By Tim Welbanks

Throughout the spring season, the states south of Ontario and Quebec have reported higher than average adult moth catches of ...
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Early Corn Development

By Cain Templeman

With variable planting progress province wide, many questions have been asked on how the crop will develop throughout the yea ...
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Early Insects – What to watch out for

By Laura Johnston

Little critters will be scouring the soil looking for something juicy to eat. Below is a brief summary of what to watch out f ...
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It’s late, should I skimp on inputs?

By Kirk Van Will

Late planted corn - do I change my management strategies? A few growers have asked me this question, “Should I pl ..
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Pale emerged corn: What is going on?

By Shawn Winter

Some corn fields where corn has emerged, the coleoptile and first leaf appear pale yellow to gray or transparent. The w ...
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Three action items needed to achieve success when using Bayer Fluency Agent:

By Kirk Van Will

1) Shake or roll pail before opening. Product must be fluffed up after settling during shipping. 2) & ..
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Just Chill - Chilling Injury in Corn

By Laura Johnston

Early planted corn often faces the risk of chilling injury. This occurs when the seed is exposed to cold soil and water tempe ...
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Planter Speed 101

By Dave Emery

Every spring, farmers across the province asks a lot from their planters when it comes to correct seed placement. Some simple ...
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A picture is worth a thousand words

By Kristen McGuire

We hear over and over again how important it is to give our corn crop the best start we possibly can. Proper field conditions ...
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Planting Depth: What is the right number?

By Chuck Belange

Wet weather has kept planters out of fields and has tested everyone’s patience. Growers will be tempted to reduce the p ...
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Is fleabane showing up in your fields?

By Chuck Belanger

You may remember my article last fall in regards to seizing the moment and controlling the fleabane in your harvested fields ...
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Refuge Refresher

By Laura Johnston

Many hybrids include the Refuge in Bag technology, where the non-Bt refuge seed is blended into the bag at the time of proces ...
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“Spring Burndowns” make it or break it!

By Kristen McGuire

We will be delayed in our timing of sprays this year due to slow weed development. I have not seen much action from any annua ...
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7 weeks to get the crop in!

By Laura Johnston

Don’t hit the panic button yet, we still have plenty of time. As Kirk discussed in his article last week, we still have ...
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One hundred dollars an hour jobs

By Shawn Winter

The sprayer is often used on more acres than any other piece of equipment on the farm, however, it is also the most neglected ...
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Time to throw your talc in the garbage!

By Cain Templeman

When looking for management practices that will boost your soybeans and provide a consistent return on investment, one needs ...
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Understanding Relative Maturities

By Cain Templeman

The term “Relative Maturity” is often used when discussing corn and soybean seed. It is best defined as a c ...
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Too early to be thinking Winter Kill in Wheat?? (Part 2)

By Chuck Belanger

Last month I wrote a post about winter kill in wheat and told you then that I would explain how to determine your stand once ...
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Inoculants – Getting the most out of your soybean seed.

By Cain Templeman

When looking for management practices that will boost your soybeans and provide a consistent return on investment, one needs ...
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60+ days to plant my corn

By Kirk Van Will

What is so unique about living around the Great Lakes? The weather is very unpredictable and can turn quickly. ...
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Which is greater: yield gained from early planting or yield lost from uneven emergence?

By Laura Johnston

Rapid, uniform emergence (all your crop up in 12 hours) is one of the key factors in setting your corn crop up for maximum yi ...
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Understanding the Continuous Corn Yield Penalty

By Shawn Winter

With renewed interested in planting corn comes additional corn-on-corn acres. The continuous corn yield penalty is a we ...
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Spring is Around the Corner

By Laura Johnston

The first day of spring is just around the corner. As warmer weather starts to melt some snow, you may start to think about p ...
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The non-sexy planter check list

By Kirk Van Will

Winter meetings have led to discussions on planting with greater speed, increased depth accuracy, superior seed placement, an ...
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Is it too early to be thinking about winter kill in wheat??

By Chuck Belanger

There has been a lot of talk the last week about the potential for winter kill in wheat. Last week’s milder temperature...
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Soil Compaction and a Cold Winter

By Kristen McGuire

January turned the page to the 2014 growing season, and with that comes crop planning. A vital part of the crop plan is ...
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Master Regulator Protein

By Laura Johnston

A new Purdue University study shows potential in improving crop growth, fruit production, flowering time and disease resistan ...
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On-Farm Storage Management

By Kirk Van Will

When was the last time you climbed up to check on your grain inventory? With these cold, snowy days and brisk winds, th ...
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Maintaining Fertility with Variable Yields

By Shawn Winter

January turned the page to the 2014 growing season, and with that comes crop planning. A vital part of the crop plan is ...
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Building a Better Soybean Yield

By Cain Templeman

We tend to put a lot of emphasis on high yield corn, and often forget to focus on the state of our bean crops. Missy Ba ...
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Which boat should I take?

By Kirk Van Will

Since early December, I have had the luxury of being able to attend several marketing talks. Today, it’s safe to say th ...
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Northern Corn Leaf Blight

By Kirk Van Will

Many fields this past season showed signs of Northern Corn Leaf Blight (NCLB). The lesions of NCLB appear as long ellip ...
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Fluency Agent

By Chuck Belanger

Bayer Fluency Agent is a new seed lubricant for corn and soybeans. It is a replacement for talc, graphite and talc/graphite ...
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Big Roots, Big Yields

By Laura Johnston

If you are curious about how to increase your yield, last week’s SWAC conference provided many learning opportunities...
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Emotion vs. Logic

By Shawn Winter

Corn price is half. Decreased corn acres. Increased soybean acres. $4 corn. $2 corn. $6 beans.& ...
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Manage your corn purchase for success!

By Shawn Winter

All corn hybrids have strengths and weaknesses identified through the breeding cycle. Hybrids should be positioned in ...
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Is hybrid success more than yield?

By Shawn Winter

The success of Maizex product performance this season has been the result of our product development cycle. We often sp ...
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Plot Results – Acceptable vs. Garbage

By Kirk Van Will

As yield results are examined this fall and winter, keep in mind some good guiding principles. Multiple locations – da ...
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What should I do with all this data?

By Laura Johnston

It is that time of year again, when you may be thinking about soil sampling. There are many different methods to help you ass ...
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A Muddy Mess – Thoughts on Fall Compaction for Harvest 2013

By Cain Templeman

Many regions across Ontario and Quebec have seen phenomenal amounts of rain over the past month. With heavy rains bring ...

What do we do with all this Fleabane?!

By Chuck Belanger

As you are harvesting your crops this fall season, many of you are seeing the remnants of Canada Fleabane or even full plants...
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To wait or not to wait

By Laura Johnston

Variability seems to be a theme this year throughout the province. Scattered rainfall has caused harvest to be on and off, co ...
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Identifying corn ear moulds

By Cain Templman

Assessing ear moulds in corn varieties is an important part when analyzing hybrids for overall plant health. Most years, we c ...
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The results are in!

By Kristen McGuire

We hear over and over again how important it is to give our corn crop the best start we possibly can. Proper field conditions..
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Anthracnose alert in corn! (Black layer)

By Kirk Van Will

From a road drive by, many corn fields are showing signs of what many are considering to be frost damage. However, for thos
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Make Sure you are Not Robbing the (Soil) Bank.

By Cain Templeman

As you get your soil tests results back from the lab this fall be sure to take a look at where your values are trending.
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Are we there yet? (Black layer)

By Laura Johnston

Corn harvest is just around the corner. Harvest maturity (usually occurs at around 25% grain moisture) usually refers to the
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Northern Corn Leaf Blight is starting to show up

By Tim Welbanks

Northern Corn Leaf Blight is a fungal disease that first shows up as long, narrow lesions that run parallel to leaf margins.
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Bushels in the Field – How to Estimate Corn Yield

By Laura Johnston

Yield estimates are only as accurate as the field area they represent. Repeat counts at multiple locations to increase your
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Estimating Soybean Yields

By Kirk Van Will

It is very hard to estimate soybean yield accurately in a field. Soybeans have a great ability to compensate for various grow
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Crop Heat Units – How far behind are we?

By Chuck Belanger

I have been fielding a lot of questions lately about the number of heat units we’ve received this season and if we are behi
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Late Season Aphid Control

By Cain Templeman

There has been a significant amount of soybean acres sprayed in the late summer of 2013 for soybean aphids. As we approach
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A “bouquet” in my corn field?

By Shawn Winter

Multiple ear shoots have been observed on a few hybrids in the past few weeks, which caused some concern among producers.
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Fall Soil Sampling - The Golden Opportunity

By Kristen McGuire

Now is the golden opportunity to get soil sampling done and for developing a plan for soil sampling your fields. After the w
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Beer Can Corn Ears

By Kirk Van Will

Many in the agricultural trade refer to the issue as Beer Can Ears, as that is exactly what they look like, proper terminolog
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Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) in Soybeans – Are we at risk this year?

By Laura Johnston

SDS is a soil-bourne fungal pathogen, Fusarium solani, which infects roots shortly after planting. Above-ground symptoms
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Do I have an opportunity for some early markets?

By Kristen McGuire

I’ve had some questions from growers about early corn delivery opportunities. Here is a guideline on corn development and
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Cover Crops after Wheat

By Kirk Van Will

Wheat harvest 2013 has come and gone. Red Clover has traditionally been the choice when it comes to a cover crop option in
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Is White Mould an issue on your farm?

By Chuck Belanger

While travelling over the last couple of weeks, I have been hearing a lot of talk about how nice and tall everyone’s soybean
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Insect Invasion – What’s eating my crops?

By Laura Johnston

Standard thresholds for soybean defoliation from bloom to pod fill is 15%. It increases to 25% during pod-fill to maturity
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Corn Pollination

By Laura Johnston

The flowering period of corn is one of the most critical periods in grain yield determination. Stress during pollination such
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UPDATE: Corn Fungicides – Do I or Don’t I?

By Kirk Van Will

Predicting the yield from fungicide applications has not been easy! Research from Dr. Dave Hooker (University of Guelph) &a
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Aphid Update in Reproductive Soybeans

By Cain Templeman

There are variable populations of soybean aphids across territories. While predicting aphid infestations is very difficult, i
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Corn Silking: Add these items to your scout watch list!

Kirk Van Wil

Each silk strand you see represents a kernel, provided that fertilization occurs properly. There can be an upwards of 1000 si
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The Silent Yield Robber – Soybean Cyst Nematode

By Cain Templeman

Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) is the most yield limiting pest in Ontario. Since the late 1980’s, SCN infestation has increase
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Introducing Roundup Ready® XTEND™ Crop System

By Kristen McGuire

The Maizex crew received training on the new Roundup Ready® XTEND™ Crop System at the Chatham Monsanto Technology Developm
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Soybean Fungicide Treatments – Should I consider them?

By Kirk Van Will

Yield responses range from 2-4 bushels/ac. There is considerable work being done to understand when positive returns can be
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Excessive Rainfall – Why are my soybeans STILL yellow?

By Chuck Belanger

A few weeks ago, most soybeans fields were going through a delay caused by the start of nodulation. They began to come out of
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Soybean Aphids – What should I do?

By Shawn Winter

Soybean aphids have been found in a number of locations in Ontario this year. Aphids were first found in Ontario in 2001. Sin
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Yellowing soybeans - what’s happening?

By Chuck Belanger

While travelling the area, it became very apparent to me that we are at the stage in soybean development when nodules are sta
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Nitrogen on corn

By Kristen McGuire

Side-dressing season is upon us and for some, already behind us. We’ve seen many obstacles this season - late frost, cool w
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Corn fungicides – do I or don’t I?

By Kirk Van Will

Predicting the effect on yield from fungicide applications has not been easy! Research conducted by Dr. Dave Hooker from th
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Evaluating hail injury in corn

By Laura Johnston

Severe storms can cause hail throughout the growing season. Assessing hail damage is similar to most other crop injuries. If
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My corn is tillering – should I be worried?

By Shawn Winter

Tillering in corn was a concern in the early 1900’s when it was thought that tillers robbed the main stem of the plant from
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Purple Corn

By Tim Welbanks

Purpling of corn plant tissue is a result of the formation of reddish-purple anthocyanin pigments. A hybrid’s genetic makeu
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Soybean staging and herbicides

By Kristen McGuire

With the moisture and now heat, the soybean crop is looking good in most areas. We have seen some excessive moisture in areas
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Counting corn leaves: Why is this important?

By Chuck Belanger

There are many reasons why it is important to know how to count your corn leaves. Counting corn leaf stages properly is criti
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Corn: Important growth stage milestones

By Kirk Van Will

Did you know that the decisions you make over the next 3-4 weeks can have a huge impact on your final corn yield? In order to
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Evaluating corn planter performance

By Laura Johnston

There are three key factors to investigate when evaluating your planting and planter performance; final populations, uniformi
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1, 2, 3, 4 … count your beans, then count some more

By Laura Johnston

Assessing your crop stand after emergence is an important routine to get into. Take a few moments to scout your field and determine
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Get your GETT (Genetic Environment Tape Trial)!

By Kristen McGuire

Maizex has come up with an ingenious way of getting sound yield results on your farm, in your fields, and in only one row
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Critical weed-free period and early soybean weed control

By Kristen McGuire

When is it most important to keep your soybean crop clean? Research conducted in Ontario has shown that the critical weed-free
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Is your corn crop having a “bad day”?

By Chuck Belanger & Shawn Winter

Corn is in the ground and actively growing. It is very important to maintain a good, clean field during early corn growth
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Assessing your corn stands

By Cain Templeman

Much of the seeding has been completed and many fields are starting to emerge. Now is a critical time to
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What is shredding my corn and soybean seedlings in my no-till fields?

By Tim Welbanks

The gray garden slug is the most common slug that causes this shredding-type injury to young crop plants. They feed by scrapi
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Crusted Soils: Preparing a Proper Seedbed

By Laura Johnston

After the rains in April, you may find yourself dealing with a crusted seedbed. Soil temperatures of crusted soils are lower
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Soybean Planting Depth and Much More

By Kirk Van Will

A seeding depth of 1.5 inches should be observed. We strive to plant soybeans earlier than we have in the past, as the yield
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