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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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10/09/2020
Boots In The Field Report October 9, 2020
When your yield isn't where you expected it to be, take time now to figure out why. Easier to find answers now than trying to figure it out from a yield map this winter. It helps grow your crews knowledge and strengthens an operation.
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09/29/2020
Boots In The Field Report September 29, 2020
In this week's Boots In The Field Report Ken covers how yield and moisture are swinging within a single field in the drought stricken areas. He also describes the ideal "photo finish" we are shooting for in corn, recommends growers check harvest lost in every field, advises when to use a harvest aid
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09/15/2020
Boots In The Field Report September 15, 2020
In this week's Boots in The Field Report Ken recaps what he saw during farm visit for growers in the path of the derecho, how to tell the difference between southern rust and common rust, why it is important to know whether it is northern leaf blight or Goss's wilt in your fields, and why you should
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09/03/2020
Boots In The Field Report September 3, 2020
In this week’s Boots in The Field Report Ken covers Bean Leaf Beetle and Aphids, reasons for dropped or tipped down ears, the importance of starting to make your harvest order now, and what you need to consider when making decisions about weed escapes for this year.
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08/29/2020
Boots In The Field Report August 29, 2020
In this week's Boots in The Field Report Ken covers the status of crops across the state and what to be on the lookout for as the season heads towards the finish line. He also reminds growers of the importance of getting out into the fields and knowing their ear count.
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08/17/2020
Boots In The Field Report August 17, 2020
In this week’s Boots In The Field Report Ken does a conference call with three growers in and near the storm path in Iowa to get a live update of the damage and harvest outlook.
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08/12/2020
Boots In The Field Report August 12, 2020
In this week's Boots In The Field Report Ken talks aphids, 2nd generation corn borer flights, and wind damage.
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08/05/2020
Boots In The Field Report August 5, 2020
In this week’s Boots In The Field Report, Ken shares yield check numbers and pollination issues he is finding during field visits due to drought and wind damage. He covers why it is important to take note of how hybrids handled the heavy wind pressure and encourages growers with the option to put up
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07/28/2020
Boots In The Field Report July 28, 2020
In this week’s podcast Ken gives a pollination report and details the difference between the April planted corn pollination window in comparison to the May planted corn. He advises growers when taking stand counts which ones they should only give half credit to get more realistic yield estimates. K
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07/17/2020
Boots In The Field Report July 17, 2020
In this week's Boots In The Field Report Ken covers wind damage, non-uniform april corn, the decision between taking out the surfactants or waiting to spray and why moisture influences how we react to insect pressure.
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07/03/2020
Boots In The Field Report July 3, 2020
In this week’s Boots In The Field Report Ken covers: brittle corn, excessive tillering, presence of cotton pith in stalks, and why corn fields might look tougher from the road. He also warns the dry areas about spider mites and suggest anybody looking at double crop beans check with their seed sales
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06/29/2020
Boots In The Field Report June 29, 2020
As the season is now off and running, Ken Ferrie gives a crop report from around the Midwest.
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06/16/2020
Boots In The Field Report June 16, 2020
In this week's Boots In The Field Report Ken covers: carbon penalty and ugly corn syndrome, rootless corn and what you can do about it, what pest to be on the lookout for, trends he is seeing in nitrates, and reporting on early flowering beans.
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