Monthly Archives:: May 2018

Tan Spot Showing Up – What Can You Do?

Finding quite a bit of tan spot on wheat the past few days.  This disease wasn’t onset 5 days ago, just starting to appear now.  So far this season we have had perfect weather conditions for disease pressure in cereal crops.  With the moisture we have been receiving, dewy mornings and hot afternoons; expect to see more disease pressure.  Using a preventative and curative fungicide at herbicide timing like Stratego in wheat will treat the tan spot and will have to continue to monitor disease pressure throughout growing season.  Contact your agronomist to stay ahead of the game and protect that yield today.

 

 

 

-John Muske, CHS Northern Plains Agronomy Manager

 

Soil Whisperers

White Hall, Ill., farmer Maria Cox, left, and her crop advisor Kyle Lake were named 2018 4R Advocates by The Fertilizer Institute. Photo by Erin Williams, CHS.

Adapted from C magazine article by Peg Zenk

READ MORE: Find the entire C magazine article here.

Not all risk is bad. While farmers work hard to reduce financial risk, innovators take calculated risks when it comes to new when it comes to new agronomic approaches.

Illinois farmer Maria Cox is one of those innovators. She and her crop advisor, Kyle Lake, with CHS in Carrollton, Ill., were named 2018 4R Advocates by The Fertilizer Institute. Each year, the award recognizes five farmer-retail agronomist teams who are dedicated to implementing the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship: using the right nutrient source, at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place.

In conversations with Cox and others who have actively embraced the 4Rs, common management challenges and strategies emerge. Among all the technologies and tactics they’ve tried, these growers point to strategies that are producing the biggest benefits in terms of soil health and the bottom line. (more…)

Start the New Season with a New Grease

cenex grease

Using the right grease is one of the most important decisions you can make as you prepare equipment for the high-pressure planting season. But recent updates in grease formulations might make you do a double take as you get ready for spring.

“When you put the grease into your grease gun and on bearings, you’re going to notice it looks different,” says Andrew Hamilton, director of technical services and quality for Cenex® lubricants and refined fuels. “That is on purpose. You’re getting a better grease.” (more…)

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