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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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12/23/2020
Episode 220: Boots In The Field Report December 23, 2020
Think of reviewing your yield maps like reviewing game day footage. You have to know what went right and what went wrong in the last game if you hope to improve for the next one. Check out this week’s Boots In The Field report as Ken breaks down how to do a yield map review.
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12/17/2020
Episode 219: Boots In The Field Report December 17, 2020
Ken warns that blanket populations across an entire farm is not how you mitigate risk. He walks through how to pick the right population per farm and per zone in this week’s Boots In The Field Report. Ken recommends starting with the usable water holding capacity of the soil under your current manag
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12/18/2020
Episode 218: Boots In The Field Report December 9, 2020
In this week’s Boots In The Field Report Ken covers an opportunity the dry winter is offering growers to set themself up for success next season. Current abnormally dry conditions are allowing growers to get some of next spring’s leveling done this winter. Getting level this winter has the added ben
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11/19/2020
Episode 217: Boots In The Field Report November 19, 2020
In this week’s Boots In The Field Report Ken talks about how to evaluate if you need to treat your beans, why early season scouting reports have value now, and he warns growers not to throw hybrids out of their line-up for next year just because of a disappointing yield in 2020.
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11/12/2020
Boots In The Field Report November 12, 2020
In this week’s Boots In The Field Report Ken encourages growers to make use of the dry fall weather for field work, but warns it could create issues for applying anhydrous. He also list options for taking care of the increased weed seed from major weed escapes this year that can haunt growers for th
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11/04/2020
Boots In The Field Report November 4, 2020
In this week’s Boots In The Field Report Ken sits down with Matt Duesterhaus, Crop-Tech research agronomist in Quincy, IL, to talk over how the season went in his area and some of the preliminary plot results.
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10/23/2020
Boots In The Field Report October 23, 2020
In this week’s podcast Ken covers the crop report, adjusting for header loss and dives deep on results coming in from the Fixed/Flexed plots. He shares the consensus locally is that the crop looked bigger from the combine than it did in the elevator and reminds growers doing vertical tillage that th
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10/16/2020
Boots In The Field Report October 16, 2020
In this week's Boots in The Field Report Ken covers yield reports, including 245 bu June corn, as well as some interesting bean plot results. He also warns about watching stalk quality and increased header loss in the dry areas.
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