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07/16/2021
Episode 243: Boots In The Field Report July 16, 2021
In this week’s Boot’s in The Field Report Ken covers why wet weather has hampered pollination and what pests to be on the lookout for. He also warns if growers are having to spray for rootworm beetles now, they need to note the current treatment plan didn’t work to manage the larvae and the plan nee
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07/09/2021
Episode 242: Boots In The Field Report July 9, 2021
In this week’s Boots In The Field Report Ken Ferrie covers: replant populations for weed control, where nitrates are showing the nitrogen to be after the massive amounts of water, and what insects and disease to be on the lookout for when scouting pollinating fields.
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07/02/2021
Episode 241: Boots In The Field Report July 2, 2021
Ken covers what the massive amounts of rain in central IL means for growers and what to be on the lookout for. He uses the experiences in 2015 to give guidelines for how long the crops can survive underwater and in standing water, mapping out gulley’s while still visible, and warns about letting the
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06/25/2021
Episode 240: Boots In The Field Report June 25, 2021
In this week’s Boots in The Field Report Ken covers the prognosis for the corn that got blown down and beans that got hailed on in last weekend’s weather and what things to consider with the wet front moving in. While the rain should help stalled out beans and is a better option than tasseling in a
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06/18/2021
Episode 239: Boots In The Field Report June 18, 2021
Ken gives a crop report from Minnesota and back, and while he might be a little biased, he indicates the best-looking crop is right here in central IL. Ken advocates for growers to take a Farm Mental Health Week and covers why some growers are seeing rootless corn at this point in the season and wha
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06/04/2021
Episode 238: Boots In The Field Report June 4, 2021
Ken Ferrie recaps the reports from the north on frost damage from the past weekend and a planting update from the Quincy area. The beans at the Corn College Campus are starting to flower and Ken warns growers with early planted beans to make sure they aren’t knocking off these early flowers with mis
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05/28/2021
Episode 237: Boots In The Field Report May 28, 2021
Ken talks with CTC agronomist Matt Duesterhaus in Quincy, Il to see how they are dealing with the 15 inches of rain they have received since planting, replant issues they have both been seeing, and how hybrid characteristics can help inform your plan for dealing with the ugly corn syndrome. They als
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05/21/2021
Episode 236: Boots In The Field Report May 21, 2021
Ken recaps the outcome of the service calls looking at frosted beans this week, considerations for those who replanted and those who left it, and gives a heads up to the pest teams to be scouting fields and making ear count notes now.
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05/06/2021
Episode 235: Boots In The Field Report May 6, 2021
Ken waves the caution flag on planting after noon today (5/6) in areas that are forecasted to get lower temperatures, warning that it is setting up the perfect storm for another Mother’s Day Massacre. He also talks with Matt Duesterhaus in Quincy, Il about replant decisions they are facing and how t
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04/30/2021
Episode 234: Boots In The Field Report April 30, 2021
In this week’s Boots In The Field Report Ken gives a planting progress update and warns pest teams to stay on top of the bean leaf beetle pressure. He also states the rain delay was a welcome break to take care of moisture concerns and to help diversify risk by widening the planting window. Ken also
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05/06/2021
Episode 233: Boots In The Field Report April 23, 2021
Ken advises to keep an eye out on corn following the April snow to make sure it does not leaf out under ground and to check wheat for frost damage. He also warns growers to make sure they are checking on their prepaid glyphosate order to see if the shortage will cause farmers to readjust their plans
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04/17/2021
Episode 232: Boots In The Field Report April 17, 2021
To plant or not to plant that is the question! Ken lays out the risks of planting next week for both corn and beans. Farmers must know the risks involved for their own farms and weight it against the advantages. Many farmers will be coming to different decisions based on their own farm situations. W
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04/09/2021
Episode 231: Boots In The Field Report April 9, 2021
Ken gives a report on how many growers got something planted during the shot of good weather. He also catches up with CTC Agronomist Matt Duesterhaus to see how field conditions are progressing in the western part of the state. Ken stated some growers couldn’t take advantage of the nice weather to g
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04/02/2021
Episode 230: Boots In The Field Report April 2, 2021
Ken walks through what to think about when considering putting early beans in the ground. He reminds growers that when making a pass in the field you only want to create a density change not a compaction layer. And he warns that while you may get away with putting in a compaction layer to plant earl
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03/26/2021
Episode 229: Boots In The Field Report March 26, 2021
Ken answers the question “If 2021 is a drought, do I move all my nitrogen up front?” and other concerns for mitigating weather risk in the season ahead. He also sends out a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped put in, collect, and shell the ears for the Hybrid study.
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03/11/2021
Episode 228: Boots In The Field Report March 11, 2021
The Sins of Spring presentation has caused a lot of questions about how a tillage system with TWO compaction layers (shallow and deep) was beating one with only one deep layer and how a vertical format was beating them both by quite a margin. In this in-depth Boots In The Field Report, Ken takes tim
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03/04/2021
Episode 227: Boots In The Field Report March 4, 2021
In this week’s Boots In The Field Report Ken covers considerations when trying to pay the carbon penalty of cover crops with manure, how carbon penalties affect beans, and who should push planting windows and who can wait.
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02/22/2021
Episode 226: Boots In The Field Report February 22, 2021
In this week’s Boots In The Field Report Ken covers who needs to do seed test, which lots to test and what tests to run.
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02/12/2021
Episode 225: Boots In The Field Report February 12, 2021
Ken loves it when a plan comes together. In this week’s Boots In The Field Report he covers what operations should think through and document as part of their crop plan to have it all come together for 2021.
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02/12/2021
Episode 225: Boots In The Field Report February 12, 2021
Ken loves it when a plan comes together. In this week’s Boots In The Field Report he covers what operations should think through and document as part of their crop plan to have it all come together for 2021.
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02/03/2021
Episode 224: Boots In The Field Report February 3, 2021
Ken covers switching crop rotations and herbicide carry over in this week's Boots In The Field Report.
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01/25/2021
Episode 223: Boots In The Field Report January 25, 2021
In this week’s Boots in The Field report Ken covers conversation points for a landlord and a farmer to cover before signing a lease with a fertility clause.
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01/19/2021
Episode 222: Boots In The Field Report
Making adjustments in your crop rotation due to the market? In this week’s Boots In The Field Report Ken covers things to think about when making the switch and advises to have a goal in mind when making equipment upgrades.
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01/12/2021
Episode 221: Boots In The Field Report January 12, 2021
In this week’s Boots In The Field Report Ken shares plot data to help illustrate major factors in choosing the right nitrogen program for a field and a hybrid. He demonstrates how interconnected population and N rate should be and how hybrid characteristics play into timing and placement.
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