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Boots In The Field Report
Crop-Tech Consulting Inc.
Category: Business
Location: Illinois
The Boots in the Field Report features Crop-Tech Consulting agronomist Ken Ferrie. He will keep you up-to-date by describing what he is seeing while in the field.
by Ken Ferrie
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December 08, 2017 01:30 PM PST

All the plots have finally been harvested!! A big thanks to all involved in our and handshelling day, and some general housekeeping notes for the weeks ahead.

November 22, 2017 09:20 AM PST

Ken gives a reminder of the events coming up from now until the end of the year and sends out a plea for help with the hand harvesting day.

November 17, 2017 12:30 PM PST

In this week’s Boots In The Field Report Ken gives out the latest numbers rolling in for percent harvested and covers the quandary of letting it dry in the field vs paying for drying this time of year. He also cautions against throwing out proven hybrids based on this year’s weather conditions and making sure you are sealing when applying anhydrous.

November 10, 2017 12:08 PM PST

Ken starts this week’s Boots In The Field Report off with a plot harvest update and sends out a BIG thank you to all the farmers and plot partners that put time and resources into making the plots such a successful program for all to learn from. He also extends a reminder about getting yield data in ASAP so we can start processing it. Ken looks at the weather data from Nov. 8th showing that some parts of the state finally hit the mark for being able to apply anhydrous using the 4R standards. Ken also talks about the video released today on setting your hybrid chisel.

November 03, 2017 02:10 PM PDT

In this week’s Boots In The Field Report, Ken starts with a crop report, then touches on elevator slowdowns, crown rot, and ear droppage. He gives a warning about getting caught up with harvesting down fields, instead of moving on and catching your other fields before they go down. Ken finishes up the report discussing the missing spots in beans and how to handle the increase in vole populations.

October 27, 2017 01:28 PM PDT

In this week’s Boots In The Field Report Ken gives a harvest update and a comparison to where we were at this time last year. He also touches on planting date studies in beans, standability, dropped ears due to corn borer damage, fall burn down, farmable waterways and tillage considerations.

October 20, 2017 01:00 PM PDT

Ken discusses recent yield results including replant areas.
Kens also covers in-depth some considerations when contemplating beans on beans including: fertility, disease, seed treatments, nematodes and more.

October 13, 2017 02:54 PM PDT

Ken looks into yield data that shows just how close some fields got to giving up parts of this years crop due to drought stress. He also discusses the replant numbers that are coming in, as well as some advice about on-farm storage use. Ken issues a warning about crown rot, already present in a lot of fields, will become more of an issue moving forward after receiving all the moisture this week. Ken ends the report by stressing the importance of staying on top of changing field conditions in both corn and beans to minimize any harvest loss.

October 06, 2017 12:49 PM PDT

Ken relays what growers across our growing area are projecting for how far along harvest is in their area. He also gives some yield results for fields that had shown Dicamba damage this year as well as a word of caution on yield monitor results when going through tougher cutting spots in beans. Ken also warns about slowing down the combine to minimize harvest loss and an increase in rootworm pressure. His final piece of advice is to not to take the current standability for granted and keep an eye on how your fields are faring.

September 29, 2017 10:15 AM PDT

Ken starts with the weekly crop report and then moves into two issues farmers have been calling in: shortened husks and twisted/down corn.

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