Walk the fields before and during harvest
Seed Consultants product manager Matt Hutcheson encourages growers to survey fields before and during harvest.
“You can still determine what’s going on in your fields by digging if you have some compaction that needs to be addressed. If you have diseases, whether it’s northern corn leaf blight or tar, you can choose corn hybrids or soybean varieties that have better tolerance for the following year,” he says. “If you have environmental issues like ear molds, you might have vomitoxin issues, then this gives you a chance to determine what grain might need to be separated or gives you a heads up before you take the grain to the elevator .”
He says brownfield prioritizing fields for harvesting is a critical part of the research.
“If you’re seeing evidence of nitrogen deficiency or there’s a possibility that the plant cannibalizes the stem to fill the ear, you’re probably going to have resistance issues and that’s an area you’d want to get to first,” he says. “Also, if you happen to see ear rot, it’s always best to harvest those fields first and dry them and bin them if you have to store them. This prevents ear mold from developing further. If you let those fields sit until the end of the harvest, then your problems will get worse.”
Brownfield spoke with Hutcheson during Farm Science Review 2022.
Audio: Matt Hutcheson
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