Blogging by the Bushel
With numerous challenges over the past several years for producers, we at Mercer Landmark understand the need for a comprehensive risk management solution. We seek to provide our customers with unparalleled service to ensure maximum results.

By~Brian Mitchem As we harvest the 2016 crop it is advisable to evaluate and note critical observations so to better plan for success in 2017. With corn be sure to fully evaluate late season plant health for both grain and stalk quality. To evaluate stalk quality in hybrids pinch the lower node above the ground [...]

By~Amy Hayes Green stem syndrome in soybeans is prevalent throughout our trade area this year. Although there isn’t an exact cause of green stem syndrome, factors such as viruses and environmental conditions can influence the severity. According to Monsanto, “Green stem syndrome occurs when soybean pods and seeds mature but the stem remains green. When [...]

By~Jeff Prickett Fall is a great time to start planning for weed control for the 2017 crop year. As you harvest your crops, please take note of any weed escapes in your fields and take note of what kinds of weeds are present. Please also note weed escapes in your neighboring fields because there is [...]

By~ Rick Mollenkopf You have asked for it and now here it is.  The best pricing on seed for this coming crop year is here and available at Mercer Landmark branches now.  Croplan, Asgrow, Dekalb, NK, and Mycogen  have early order DISCOUNTS  now through mid November.  Call or visit any of the Mercer Landmark sales [...]

By~ Steve Hecker Late summer moisture has allowed weeds to get established in many wheat fields. To conserve water for the next crop and prevent weed seed production these weeds need to be controlled. Weed seed poses a threat to following crops in that field. The key is to allow the weeds to recover some [...]

By~Brian Mitchem Beans Recent rains across the area have improved the heath and the yield outlook for the soybean crop. With most of the crop planted in late May the August moisture will allow the crop to have a potentially strong finish. Most area fields have held adequate pods and numbers of beans in pods [...]

Day 1 is in the books for the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour! Great day… warm to hot… wind blowing… no rain! It was perfect for scouts… not so good for the corn and soybean crops. It was a weird day. I followed a route from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Grand Island, Nebraska, that [...]

From the Rows with Brian Grete The 2016 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour kicked off this morning in Dublin, Ohio, (a suburb of Columbus) and had scouts sampling corn and soybean fields along 12 designated routes to Fishers, Indiana (a suburb of Indianapolis). My route took me northwest out of Dublin. We made three stops in [...]

By~ Amy Hayes Waterhemp, one of the most common weeds in the Midwest, has finally shown its ugly face in northwest Ohio. About two years ago we started finding plants here and there, numbers increased last year, and erupted this year. This IS NOT a weed to take lightly. If you thought marestail was an [...]

By~Alex Fullenkamp In the geography I cover, the year started out excellent.  Emergence and plant health were both excellent.  Unfortunately since then the crop went through a very hot and dry time period.  We’ve since gotten some very nice rains, but for many fields it is just too late.  The soybeans still have a great [...]