RealAg LIVE! with PRIDE Seeds agronomist Neil McGregor

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We’re starting to warm up and get into the swing of things for the growing season, so it’s a great time to chat corn and soybean agronomy on this Wednesday edition of RealAg LIVE!

Host Shaun Haney is joined by PRIDE Seed’s Eastern Ontario Market Development Agronomist, Neil McGregor, who covers crop agronomy and the grower network in Eastern Ontario.

SUMMARY

  • both corn and soybeans are emerging in Eastern Ontario
  • the early cooling definitely impacted germination, but crops are starting to look good now
  • corn replanting is happening, but it seems to be hybrid-specific, based on what your soil type is, and how it’s acting
  • has there been any impact with using Stamina as a seed treatment?
  • any results on how seed-depth tests have been working out?
    • two inches is the sweet spot, but deeper plantings have definitely slowed things down
  • what does the early soybean planting mean for yield potential?
    • ideally corn and soybeans should be planted at the same time, but not everyone has that luxury
  • what are some things that growers should be looking for when evaluating their stand?
    • uniformity is a big one – variability can cause issues down the road
    • temperature, moisture, planter set up, and soil fitness can all play into uniformity
  • how could strip tilling benefit corn & soybeans?
    • it’s hard to beat from a nutrient placement standpoint, but it’s also hard to convince growers to switch over, from a time and capital perspective
  • are there insects showing up yet?
    • growers are going to a Group 28 insecticide
    • later in the season, Western bean cutworms will be on the radar
  • any concerns about soybean cyst nematode in your area?
    • there have been reports in Eastern Ontario, but not whole-field infection as is seen in other areas
    • there are a few products on the horizon that will be key going forward
    • pressure isn’t huge for disease right now, because there hasn’t been as much moisture yet, but white mould and stripe rust are on the radar
  • how has the overwintered corn fared?
    • standability is actually pretty decent; there’s a lot of opportunity to get off the field, it just depends on individual circumstances
  • wireworms tend to like hard compacted soils, like clays
  • how does soil compaction play into yield loss?
    • some types are manageable and some are workable
  • how do weather swings impact plants?
    • even with the recent snow squall, the soil didn’t necessarily get beneath 5° Celsius – so growing stalled, but wasn’t overtly harmed
  • where are we currently sitting on the optimal yield curve – are we still on the curve, or have we knocked ourselves down a little?
    • even with the cold, the early planting that has been done has been a huge blessing

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