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.
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By~ Ben Stoller Recent research by the University of Illinois has found some information worth noting. Although many recognize the need to supplement soybeans with potassium (K), U of I research has found that we may be negatively impacting yield by not providing enough phosphorus (P), and that phosphorus provides the most potential to increase [...]


By~Brad Miller With top dressing of wheat getting under way I am receiving some questions on Nitrogen needs, frost damage and wheat growth     Wheat uses 1.1 Lbs. of Nitrogen for each bushel of expected yield and utilizes 70-75% of its total Nitrogen needs between Feeks scale 4 (beginning of erect growth) and Feeks Scale 8 [...]


By~ Rick Mollenkopf Wheat And Cold Weather – (Charles Mansfield) – Cold night temperatures may have caused injury to wheat. Jointed wheat is most vulnerable. Evaluate for extent of injury after a few days of good growing weather. Wheat may have been injured by recent cold weather. Low temperatures ranged from the upper teens to [...]


By~ Brian Mitchem Comprehensive studies done by extension researchers at Purdue University have shown that modern corn hybrids and soy varieties are using plant nutrition much differently than corn and soy products from previous decades. Some seed companies maintain era genetics for research purposes. In this research both corn and soy products were grown as [...]


By~ Jeff Prickett Early spring is a great time of year to start a management plan for your alfalfa crop. This would include fertility, pH, insect and disease control, plus varietal selection for new seeding alfalfa. It is essential that soil pH be adjusted to 6.8 to 7.0 range prior to planting of the crop. [...]


By~ Rick Mollenkopf Continued low corn prices are causing many growers to plant more soybeans this season. While a potentially profitable transition, Mercer Landmark yield specialists are reminding growers to adjust their management plans, whether they are rotating their fields from corn to soybeans, or planting continuous soybean acres. If you’re rotating from corn to [...]


By~ Steve Heckler The recent wave of above normal temperatures has removed any frost that was in the ground and suggests that green-up may come sooner than recent years. Even if wheat comes out of winter earlier, the crop still does not require large amounts of N until stem elongation/jointing( Feekes Growth Stage 6), which [...]


By~ Alex Fullenkamp Many farmers are planning to plant Xtend traited soybeans this year.  Some are doing it to make their burn down applications easier.  Some are planting them because they tried everything to control Waterhemp and other problem weeds in crop last year, and it simply did not work.  Then there is another group [...]


By~ Amy Hayes I am starting to sound like a broken record, however I have been having daily conversations with growers about preventing and controlling the rapidly growing waterhemp throughout the Mercer Landmark territory. Previously I had written about waterhemp biology, how to differentiate between palmer, waterhemp, and pigweed species, and the prolific seed production [...]


By~ Ryan Edwards The previous summer was dry in 2016, with late August rains, causing some variability in grain production at harvest. Early varieties of corn had already begun to mature with rains providing later planted and full season varieties the most benefit with respect to grain fill. The variability in grain fill made grain [...]