Episode 338: Boots In The Field Report July 8, 2024
Boots In The Field Report
by Ken Ferrie
1w ago
During the roundtrip from Heyworth, Illinois to Northeast Iowa and back, the area affected by heavy rains was larger than Ken was expecting to see. In this week’s Boots In The Field Report he gives a recap of the field conditions along the route, covers tar spot considerations and reminds the pest boss to be scouting for silk clippers and rate root feeding. He also speaks to the growers in the harder hit areas, encouraging them to keep fighting the good fight and reminds them to never walk away from a growing crop ..read more
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Episode 337: Boots In The Field Report June 17, 2024
Boots In The Field Report
by Ken Ferrie
3w ago
Ken talks hail replant, no-tilling beans after wheat to conserve moisture, ugly corn phase and carbon penalty locking up some beans, need for doing stand evaluations now to document cause of uneven stands, rootless corn, nitrate loss, and water hemp out of control on this week’s Boots In The Field Report ..read more
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Episode 336: Boots In The Field Report May 30, 2024
Boots In The Field Report
by Ken Ferrie
1M ago
In this week’s Boots In The Field Report Ken Ferrie covers planting progress, replant reports, stand evaluations, sidedressing information and predictions of the ugly corn phase. He also gives his perspective on the wind and water erosion we have seen this spring ..read more
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Episode 335: Boots In The Field Report May 22, 2024
Boots In The Field Report
by Ken Ferrie
1M ago
Planting is nearing a close for most operations, but the jobs of the pest scout are just getting rolling. Ken covers what they should be on the lookout for in this week’s Boots In The Field Report. Scouts should be evaluating corn fields for crusting issues and dust storm damage and soybeans for crusting and PPO damage to make hoeing and replanting decisions. They also need to be evaluating timing of post spraying, noting any fields that are experiencing a pre-plant herbicide failure that would need post spraying moved up and fields that are stressed from dust storm damage and need to wait for ..read more
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Episode 334: Boots In The Field Report May 9, 2024
Boots In The Field Report
by Ken Ferrie
2M ago
Ken Ferrie walks through considerations for planting strategies for this time of year and field moisture conditions in this week’s Boots In The Field Report. Since the window for pre-solstice flowering has passed, focus for planting switches to getting the corn in the ground. Areas that have bathtub rings might need a strip freshener to open up those soils to dry out and whether it is the strip freshener or the planter, make sure they are dancing on top to avoid putting in compaction in these wet fields. Covers that escaped a timely kill, will cause a bigger carbon penalty, but might be better ..read more
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Episode 333: Boots In The Field Report April 30, 2024
Boots In The Field Report
by Ken Ferrie
2M ago
How well or long seeds will survive underwater depends on many factors including hybrid/variety type, seed quality, how far along the crop is, and temperature. In this week’s Boots In The Field Report Ken Ferrie walks through steps to take as fields dry out including using drones/scouting to figure out how much replant seed might be needed, noting fields that need to be scouted or ponding spots that need nitrates pulled before sidedressing. He also advises growers to get hoes ready to help fields before they develop a crust, utilize spray drones to help take care of herbicide that didn’t get o ..read more
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Episode 332: Boots In The Field Report April 24, 2024
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by Ken Ferrie
2M ago
After Thursday morning’s frost warning is through most of Central IL will be moving to a green light for planting corn and will hold most likely till the end of planting. Green light is in regards to temperature, if field moisture is too high, then growers have to wait for that to dry out first.  Due to weather, several fields have a heavy cover of weeds, crop scouts need to keep an eye on these fields for cutworm and armyworm presence even if they were tilled. Seed quality continues to have a larger number then normal falling into poor quality, if growers haven’t sent off a seed sample m ..read more
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Episode 331: Boots In The Field Report April 9, 2024
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by Ken Ferrie
3M ago
With the predicted weather for Central IL, Ken gives a green light for full season beans on ground that is fit and sees a window for a possible green light for corn starting as early as this weekend. Ken fears some growers will grow impatient and work ground too wet to try to dry it out, creating season long compaction, or mud in corn. He also reminds growers not to let covers ahead of corn get too big, to keep an eye on seed quality and germ when choosing which seed to plant early, be on the look out for herbicide carryover damage in overlap zones, and know your hybrid’s Stewart’s wilt score ..read more
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Episode 330: Boots In The Field Report March 27, 2024
Boots In The Field Report
by Ken Ferrie
4M ago
As growers start to roll on planting early beans, Ken Ferrie walks through considerations for deciding when the right time for your operation is. Planting beans in March doesn’t show a large yield advantage over waiting to plant the first week in April but can provide some advantages for operations that only have the ability to plant one crop at a time, then having some bean planting done when the ground is also fit to plant corn could bring more benefit. He encourages growers to ask themselves: Are you insured? Are the beans fully treated? Are you a one planter operation? Have you had discuss ..read more
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Episode 329: Boots In The Field Report March 22, 2024
Boots In The Field Report
by Ken Ferrie
4M ago
Ken covers questions about using spring anhydrous strip-till or a Zone Builder when facing the possibility of a dry year. There are options that can make it safer but most of them require water. The drier it is or higher rates of anhydrous make for bigger risks of planting issues ..read more
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