Category Archives: Crops

State Crop Hybrid/Variety Trials: A Wealth of Information

Joe Lauer, Wisconsin Corn Agronomist Seed is one of the best ways to transfer technology to the farm-gate. Every year universities across the country conduct crop hybrid/variety evaluation programs. The purpose of these programs is to provide unbiased performance comparisons … Continue reading

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New Traits Don’t Automatically Translate to Highest Yield!

Shawn P. Conley, Soybean and Wheat Extension Specialist Last week’s announcement by the EPA to register Dicamba formulations for use on Dicamba Tolerant Crops has the soybean world abuzz and for once that buzz isn’t about pollinators! Many of my … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Soybean Variety Performance Trials 2016

Shawn P. Conley, Adam C. Roth and John M. Gaska Department of Agronomy University of Wisconsin, Madison The Wisconsin Soybean Performance Trials are conducted each year with the producer’s needs in mind. Our objective is to give producers the information … Continue reading

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Delineating Optimal Soybean Maturity Groups Across the United States

Shawn P. Conley, Soybean and Wheat Extension Specialist Soybean is the most important oilseed crop in the U.S., and its cultivated area is the second largest after corn (USDA, 2016). The cultivated area includes a wide range of environments that … Continue reading

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Early 2016 Corn Grain Yields Look Promising for Wisconsin

Joe Lauer, Wisconsin Corn Agronomist We have never had a year like 2016  for high grain yields in the UW Corn Performance Trials. Every location had yields above the 10-year average (see below). For example, at Arlington over the previous … Continue reading

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Calculating The Soybean Yield Gap for WI Soybean Farmers

Shawn P. Conley, Soybean and Wheat Extension Specialist We are embarking on Year #2 of a State‐Wide Project aimed at generating baseline producer data on current soybean management practices in Wisconsin’s production systems. This project is funded by the Wisconsin Soybean … Continue reading

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Corn Stalk Rots and Ear Rots: A Double Whammy for Wisconsin Corn Farmers

Damon L. Smith, Extension Field Crops Pathologist, University of Wisconsin-Madison The 2016 growing season is going to end with many challenges for Wisconsin farmers. The excessively wet weather has slowed or ended harvest of corn silage and grain harvest has … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Fruit News, Issue 13

Janet van Zoeren, Christelle Guédot, and Amaya Atucha, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Departments of Entomology and Horticulture Here is the 13th issue of the Wisconsin Fruit News: http://go.wisc.edu/9v7bh7 In it you will find information about: Wrapping things up for the summer … Continue reading

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What is happening in the corn plant during the month of October?

Joe Lauer, Wisconsin Corn Agronomist Corn For most of Wisconsin hybrids (~100 day), each plant typically develops 20-21 leaves, silks about 55-60 days after emergence, and matures about 120 days after emergence. All normal plants follow this same general pattern … Continue reading

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Wet Wisconsin: Moldy Corn and Crop Insurance

Damon L. Smith, Plant Pathology, UW-Madison/Extension Paul D. Mitchell, Agricultural and Applied Economics, UW-Madison/Extension It’s been a warm and wet summer and flooding has recently hit many areas hard in Wisconsin. Due to the heavy moisture we have seen during … Continue reading

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