Rhonda Brooks: Agronomic News You Can Use

Rhonda Brooks ( Farm Journal Media )

When we started publishing our “Weatherproofing Your Crops” series in September 2018, we knew we were onto something valuable for farmers. At the time, though, we didn’t know just how valuable. Now, nine months of tough weather later, we do. Developed by Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie and long-time writer Darrell Smith, this series offers news you can use in the field, regardless of what Mother Nature throws your way. The topics offering the most helpful information between now and harvest include:

  • Weatherproofing for critical growth stages. The content of this story addresses protecting your yield potential all the way from crop emergence through tasseling.
  • Weatherproofing for the homestretch. This story offers insights beyond tasseling and up to harvest.
  • 12 Steps to a weatherproof harvest. You can read our final installment in the series on page 28 of this issue. Some of the points covered include: how to be efficient in case the weather goes against you, manage harvest loss, rank fields for harvest by standability and adjust the combine as grain moisture content falls.

You can find the complete eight-part “Weatherproofing Your Crop” series at AgWeb.com/farmjournal/ag-issues. When you go online, take a minute to also scroll through the bank of Farm Journal Test Plot stories, which address nutrient management and a host of other topics that can help you yet this season.

Another agronomic learning opportunity is the upcoming Farm Journal Corn and Soybean College hosted July 23–24 at Ferrie’s facility, Crop-Tech Consulting, near Heyworth, Ill. Some of the topics he and his team will address include: matching nitrogen programs to each hybrid you plant, breaking through soybean yield plateaus and making the right adjustments in-season to meet each field’s nutrient needs. Learn more at http://www.croptechinc.com/cbc.

This year, Farm Journal will help host one farmer who wants to participate by covering his or her registration fee and two nights at the event hotel, roughly an $800 value. There’s one requirement to be considered. Email your name and an agronomic topic you’d like us to address to rbrooks@farmjournal.com. I’ll enter your name in the drawing for the trip. We will notify the winner by July 12. 


Join Us For One of Our Upcoming Events

Farm Journal AgTech Expo
Dec. 16-17, Indianapolis, Ind.

Top Producer Seminar
Jan. 28-30, 2020, Chicago, Ill.

To learn more and register, call (877) 482-7203 or visit www.FarmJournal.com/trainings

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