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Head to the Field to Prepare for Next Year

February 4, 2011
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Director of Content Development, Machinery Pete
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In Episode 13 of Corn College TV, head to the field with Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer.

In a warm fall, Bauer suggests considering a fall herbicide.

"When weeds are able to get a good start, think about a burn down application," she says. "This can be effective in weeds like dandelions and chick weed."

When the weather and field conditions are suitable, take advantage for applications.

"If you have the opportunity, take advantage to apply fertilizer and lime," Bauer says.

She follows up saying, follow your soil test recommendation, calibrate and test your application equipment, spread uniformly and have the field ready for an even application.

From one season to the next, remember the challenges you’ve had.

"Especially with the wet fall we had in 2009, there are still scars out in the field we need to fix and get rid of those ruts, wheel tracks and compaction layers," Bauer says.

When out in the field with your tillage equipment, dig behind the machine to check its performance.

"We need to do tillage with a purpose and make sure we’re leaving the field with the job done right," Bauer says.

And when planning your spring planting, look back at your own hybrid performance data.

"Analyze hybrids against your own experience," Bauer says. "Dig into your yield data for hybrid performance in your soil types and field conditions."

Learn more in Episode 13 of Corn College TV.


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