Dan Davidson, Agronomist PhD, CPAg, CCA Managing calcium improved alfalfa yield based on a pilot study conducted on our farm in Northeast Nebraska. While alfalfa provides its own nitrogen, good producers know that to harvest high yields, they must apply phosphate, potassium and sulfur annually.......

Dan Davidson, Agronomist PhD, CPAg, CCA Is it good for yields or a challenge for harvest when crops have stay-green characteristics? One of the things growers have learned about high-yield corn production is that keeping foliage greener for longer improves overall plant health, stalk integrity......

Dan Davidson, Agronomist PhD, CPAg, CCA Harvest timing can have a huge impact on soybean yield, shatter losses and storability. Field losses, splits and cracked seed coats increase as moisture content decreases. A 13%-13.5% moisture content is optimal for preventing mechanical damage. Harvesting during high......

Dan Davidson, Agronomist PhD, CPAg, CCA How and when do you decide to apply foliars when there are so many choices? Applying foliars on soybeans is becoming a popular practice that began a decade ago when we started to learn that applying fungicide at R3......

Dan Davidson, Agronomist PhD, CPAg, CCA Soybeans are up, so what’s next? Let the crop direct you. Most likely your full season soybeans were planted in good time this year with little or no risk of replant. While our warm spring arrived on about May......

Dan Davidson, Agronomist PhD, CPAg, CCA What are you really harvesting and selling when growing soybeans? When planting commercial soybeans (not seed beans), you may expect the elevator or processing plant to buy the 60-lb bushels of grain that you harvest. However, what you are......

Dan Davidson, Agronomist PhD, CPAg, CCA Is late-season soybean management going to become the new reality – or do you just ride the crop to the end after R3? Soybean management includes pre-planning, variety selection and placement, fertility, planting, weed control and crop protection. Generally,......

Dan Davidson, Agronomist PhD, CPAg, CCA One of the most important and unappreciated nutrients is calcium. Plants get their nutrients from the soil with those reserves being replenished by fertilizer, composts or manures. Growers readily apply nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur and micronutrients, but rarely ever......

Dan Davidson, Agronomist PhD, CPAg, CCA Learning to recognize, manage and preempt stress is an important and perhaps undervalued key to higher yield. All plants experience some degree of stress during the season, and it is hard to avoid completely, even when the crop looks......

Managing Calcium Improves Soybean Yield Dan Davidson, Agronomist PhD, CPAg, CCA With soybean prices trending downward and concerns of tariffs being charged on U.S. soybean exports, specialty premiums can help to make up for the loss in income based on commodity beans price. If you......

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