Category Archives: Crops

Fall is Still a Good Time to Sample for SCN and Other Plant Parasitic Nematodes

Ann MacGuidwin, Damon Smith and Shawn P. Conley The WI Soybean Marketing Board (WSMB) sponsors free nematode testing to help producers stay ahead of the most important nematode pest of soybean, the soybean cyst nematode (SCN). Eggs of SCN persist … Continue reading

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Start Managing for Fusarium Head Blight Before Planting 2017/18 Winter Wheat

By Shawn P. Conley and Damon Smith Most Wisconsin winter wheat growers dodged the Fusarium head blight (FHB or scab) bullet again in 2017.  Though many farmers, especially those in SW WI, became so disgusted with dockage and rejections in … Continue reading

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Top 8 Recommendations for Winter Wheat Establishment in 2017

Shawn Conley, State Soybean and Small Grains Specialist John Gaska, Outreach Specialist, Damon Smith, State Field Crops Pathology Specialist Top 8 winter wheat establishment recommendations: Variety selection: please see the 2017 WI Winter Wheat Performance Test Plant new seed (DO … Continue reading

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Research: Key Management Practices That Explain Soybean Yield Gaps

Shawn Conley, Soybean and Wheat Extension Specialist, UW-Madison Department of Agronomy To date, identification of causes of yield gaps (difference between maximum yield potential and measured yield in producer yields) has been restricted to small geographic areas. In this study, researchers developed … Continue reading

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Herbicide Considerations for Cover Crop Establishment

Daniel H. Smith, Southwest Regional Specialist, Nutrient and Pest Management Program, Matt Ruark, Soil Science Extension Specialist, Department of Soil Science, Shawn Conley, State Soybean and Small Grains Specialist, Department of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin Extension Commonly applied corn … Continue reading

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Now is the Time to Begin Evaluating Corn Fields for Harvest

Joe Lauer, Wisconsin Corn Agronomist For most corn fields in Wisconsin, pollination and the “lag” phase of kernel development is wrapping up and we are in a “linear” phase of development where kernels are accumulating 4-6 bu/A per day. The … Continue reading

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2017 Wisconsin Winter Wheat Performance Trials

Shawn Conley, Adam Roth, John Gaska, Brian Mueller and Damon Smith, Departments of Agronomy and Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural and Life Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison The Wisconsin Winter Wheat Performance Trials are conducted each year to give growers information … Continue reading

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Wisconsin White Mold Risk Maps

Jaime Willbur, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison Risk of apothecial presence and subsequent white mold development has remained steady since last week in non-irrigated fields (Fig. 1). Higher temperatures have offset higher moisture in these drylands situations to keep … Continue reading

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Soybean Aphid

Bryan Jensen, UW Extension and IPM Program Soybean aphid reports indicate that numbers are still low but isolated hot spots have been found within some fields. Now is the time to initiate field scouting if you haven’t already. I think … Continue reading

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Kernza, Cover Crops and Conservation Field Day at Lancaster July 19

Daniel H. Smith, Nutrient and Pest Management Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison The Kernza, Cover Crops and Conservation Field Day will provide research updates on projects that enhance soil health and farm profits, as well as an opportunity to see a … Continue reading

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