AgriTalk
01/26/2022
Episode 2: Boots In The Field Report January 26, 2022
Ken uses this week’s Boots In The Field Report to cover the topic of starter fertilizer and what to consider when looking at cutting costs for next year. Ken walks through evaluating product, placement, timing, and rate to get the most bang for your starter buck.
play_arrow
Play
01/11/2022
Episode 1: Boots In The Field Report January 11, 2022
In this week’s Boots in The Field Report Ken Ferrie breaks down planting conditions for beans in an ideal situation and how that changes when you are trying to plant early beans. The focus, when planting early beans, changes from soil temperatures to soil conditions in order to attempt to get the be
play_arrow
Play
12/22/2021
Episode 259: Boots In The Field Report December 17, 2021
In this week’s Boots In The Field Report Ken covers some of the swings seen in the Hybrid Plot hand shelling day and warns about some of the hurdles growers new to applying fall anhydrous need to be aware of. Fall gas does NOT do well in paying the carbon penalty and Ken walks through options to hel
play_arrow
Play
12/03/2021
Episode 258: Boots In The Field Report December 3, 2021
As a lot of crews cross the harvest finish line, eyes turn towards preparation for next spring. Ken walks through considerations for growers wanting to plant early beans in 2022. As the weather locally led to a lot of wet harvesting and wheel tracks/ruts, Ken recommends trying to fix those fields th
play_arrow
Play
11/19/2021
Episode 257: Boots In The Field Report November 19, 2021
In this week’s Boots In The Field Report Ken answers a question that came in during Session 1 of Beyond the Basics. While soil tests can not detect if a disease is present in the field, it can give indicators to how the field will handle disease pressure. Healthy plants handle stress better than unh
play_arrow
Play
11/11/2021
Episode 256: Boots In The Field Report November 11, 2021
In this week’s Boots In The Field Report Ken Ferrie warns about making sure the anhydrous is sealing as it is too expensive to let gas off. He reports that some strip-till growers are struggling to get good strips in current weather conditions and advises that they might have to move to a plan B. Ke
play_arrow
Play
11/05/2021
Episode 255: Boots In The Field Report November 5, 2021
As growers are finally able to get back into fields locally, Ken does this week’s Boots In The Field Report from the tractor cab. Growers are doing everything they can to drag Harvest 21 across the finish line. Including cleaning out bins to dry beans, adjusting harvest order to get bean fields befo
play_arrow
Play
10/28/2021
Episode 254: Boots In The Field Report October 28, 2021
After the 2-5 inches of rain Ken recommends using the floatation of your harvest equipment wisely to reduce compaction and reminds growers to keep records of the fields that are getting rutted up to make a plan to fix after harvest. In this week’s Boots In The Field Report he also advises that field
play_arrow
Play
10/20/2021
Episode 253: Boots In The Field Report October 19, 2021
In this Boots in The Field Report Ken Ferrie covers multiple adjustments growers can make to their combine settings to reduce the record amount of harvest loss happening this year. He also advises growers to calculate in bushels what it cost to apply for removal of phosphorus and potash. The grain l
play_arrow
Play
10/13/2021
Episode 252: Boots In The Field Report October 13, 2021
In this week’s Boots In The Field Report Ken Ferrie talks with Matt Duesterhaus, a Crop-Tech Consulting regional agronomist, in Quincy, IL to see how the harvest is going. Matt points out that planting date/ear count, nitrogen management, and disease management are areas that are standing out as yie
play_arrow
Play
10/07/2021
Episode 251: Boots In The Field Report October 7, 2021
In this Boots In The Field Report Ken Ferrie covers calls coming in from OH, WI, and IA about yields, moisture, and how much is left to harvest. Much of the Midwest is coming out fairly low in percent of moisture, which could help reduce some pinch points this fall. Ken also shares some plot results
play_arrow
Play
09/28/2021
Episode 250: Boots In The Field Report September 28, 2021
Ken gives a harvest report as numbers continue to roll in showing some significant yield increases to fungicide in the heavy disease areas. Looking at the number of days with precipitation in the June through August time frame could help explain why we saw such heavy disease pressure show up earlier
play_arrow
Play
09/21/2021
Episode 249: Boots In The Field Report September 21, 2021
Ken gives a harvest report of yields and moistures coming in from across the state in this week’s Boots In The Field Report. He explains why the outside rows of a field could be greener and higher moisture than the rest of the field, recaps the first fix/flexed plot that has come out, and prompts fa
play_arrow
Play
09/13/2021
Episode 248: Boots In The Field Report September 13, 2021
On this week's #BIFR Ken Ferrie says the wheels have come off the bus on fields with Tar Spot. The crop is falling apart and quickly dying before being able to pack on the starch. He says tar spot seems to be varying by hybrid and a Harvest Plan is a MUST! 
play_arrow
Play
09/03/2021
Episode 247: Boots In The Field Report September 3, 2021
Ken gives a crop recap from his travels through Iowa and reports on finding: white mold, Goss’s wilt, and heavy army worm pressure in this week’s Boots In The Field Report. He also warns growers that drying down in the field may not be an option for fields that fail to reach black layer due to the h
play_arrow
Play
08/27/2021
Episode 246: Boots In The Field Report August 25, 2021
Ken reports in this Boots In The Field Report about seeing anthracnose top kill, edge of field scalding, and SDS in beans. His recent trip to Ohio and Indiana indicates, while disease is high in a lot of areas, not all areas are fighting tar spot as bad as Central IL. Ken reminds growers that if fie
play_arrow
Play
08/17/2021
Episode 245: Boots In The Field Report August 17, 2021
Ken recaps how the heat and water over the last couple of weeks have affected crops in central IL in this Boots In The Field Report. He informs of incoming scouting reports and advises which pests and diseases might still have value in going after and what ones may not.
play_arrow
Play
07/29/2021
Episode 244: Boots In The Field Report July 29, 2021
In this week’s Boots In The Field Report Ken Ferrie covers: Field day recap, increase in beetle pressure, why fields are turning yellow at pollination, delays in getting air planes and what are other spraying options, how the haze/smoke from last week has affected the crops and what he is seeing for
play_arrow
Play
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
play_arrow
Play
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.
play_arrow
Play
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
play_arrow
Play
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
play_arrow
Play
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
play_arrow
Play
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
play_arrow
Play