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Agronomy Talk

S. Illinois - Jonathan Perkins, CCA

Evaluations During Harvest

Published on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

When the combine hits the field, I always feel a sense of accomplishment. On the research farm, harvest is one of the most exciting times of the season. We get to see the results of our hard work come to fruition. During harvest, we remain observant to provide you with agronomic explanations. This season, we will likely see every ditch or change in slope of ground that may have been wet longer. We will take note of this and evaluate how it affects our plots to bring you the most accurate information to help you make better management decisions on your farms!

I encourage each of you to do the same on your own fields as you go through harvest. Pay attention to the appearance and performance of the crop to evaluate how well you did. Of course, we can’t change the weather, but we can improve our fields to better manage the adverse effects of the weather. Most years, drainage is key to achieving uniform stand establishment. Maintaining a proactive stance in the face of lower commodity prices or weather related crop damages will keep you on track for future success!