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Our Agronomists Deliver Answers

March 27, 2010
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor

When giving presentations across farm country or at one of our Corn College events, and even via queries mailed to our magazine, the Farm Journal agronomists are asked numerous questions. To help you get answers about the problems and opportunities you face, we've launched a new blog.

The Ask an Agronomist blog is a way for you to get your questions answered and to tap the from-the-field knowledge of our agronomic team. Submit your inquires on row spacing, nitrogen management, pests and disease, soil density, variable-rate and other agronomic topics.

Our Farm Journal agronomists are 100% independent. That means they don't work for any purpose but to serve your best interest. They draw from almost two decades of third-party data from our Farm Journal Test Plots.

Some recent questions posed to our agronomic team include:

  • "How do I gauge how much down pressure I need on my planter?”
  • "What's the difference between soil pH and buffer pH? My soil has a pH of 5.1 and a buffer pH of 6.7.”
  • "In 44 years of farming, I've never had a problem that I could not solve but this one. My fields are having a huge problem with insects feeding on eartips during early grain-fill period. The problem is always found on first-year corn following soybeans. It's such a problem that I'm thinking of growing beans on beans. Any help would surely be welcome.”
  • "What can you tell me about spreading gypsum on no-till corn ground? Will it help with water infiltration and help with compaction problems? We have some waterlogged soils that can't be drained with tile, and I'm thinking of trying gypsum.”


Visit the Ask An Agronomist blog at Questions will be answered on the blog as quickly as possible. The format of the blog will also allow you to post your perspective on someone else's question. You can virtually talk across the fence to help a neighbor out.

E-mail your question, details about your farm (including location, crop rotation, tillage practices and other applicable production considerations) to If your question would be facilitated by including a picture, attach a photo to your e-mail.

The information provided on the blog is not considered a replacement for receiving personalized agronomic consulting, but our agronomists will provide quality, independent information to help in your decisions.

Wish you had access to an ace agronomic expert? Confused by a corn pest? See a problem with your soil density but don't know how to fix it? As a service to our readers, we've launched a new blog that allows you to pose your questions directly to our agronomists. E-mail

You can e-mail Margy Fischer at

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FEATURED IN: Farm Journal - Early Spring 2010

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