Category Archives: Crops

2016 Wisconsin Oats and Barley Performance Test Results

Lucia Gutierrez and Shawn Conley The Wisconsin oats and barley performance trials are conducted each year and include released varieties, experimental lines from Wisconsin and Midwestern States, and lines from private companies. The main objective of these trials is to … Continue reading

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Best Management Practices for Growing Second Year Soybeans

Shawn P. Conley, Seth Naeve, John Gaska Before we start, we fully acknowledge our title “Best management practices for growing second year soybeans” is a bit misleading as we do not advocate this practice (its not a BMP!) but we … Continue reading

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Does Strip Tillage or Fertilizer Placement Influence the Soybean Row Spacing Yield Response?

Shawn P. Conley, J Gaska, A Roth, and S Mourtzinis State Soybean and Small Grains Specialist University of Wisconsin, Madison Strip tillage adoption in corn and soybean has increased. This can alleviate cold, compacted soils in rotated production systems. Potential … Continue reading

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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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