Tag: Aaron Stevanus

Corn School: Should You Plant a ‘Fixed’ or a ‘Flex’ Hybrid?

Do I plant a workhorse or a racehorse hybrid? That’s a typical question corn growers contemplate when making seed choices. But with the growth of precision farming and advancing genetic progress, there’s now a new question to contemplate: should I plant a fixed, flex, or semi-flex hybrid? In this edition of Real Agriculture Corn School,… Read more »

Corn School: Turning Agronomic Insight Into Yield Results

With corn planting just around the corner, it’s time to take stock of agronomic advice we learned this winter and take it to the field. In this episode of Real Agriculture Corn School, Bernard Tobin and Pride Seeds market agronomist Aaron Stevanus review research findings and agronomic management insights that emerged during the winter meeting… Read more »

Corn School: Making Your Precision Planter More Profitable

The marriage of agronomy and data really can deliver better profits for growers wedded to precision planting technology. That was the message from the A-Team – Pride Seeds agronomist Aaron Stevanus and Veritas agronomist Aaron Breimer – earlier this month when they spoke to growers at the Southwest Agricultural Conference at the University of Guelph’s… Read more »

Dairy School: The Lowdown on Low-Lignin Alfalfa

Ontario dairy farmers had their first opportunity to plant low-lignin alfalfa in 2016. In this episode of the Real Agriculture Dairy School we visit with Elmira, Ontario, dairy farmer Dale Martin and PRIDE Seeds market agronomist Aaron Stevanus to get the lowdown on low-lignin alfalfa. Martin harvested his first crop HarvXtra low-lignin alfalfa with Roundup Ready… Read more »

Soybean School: Choosing Plant Populations for Wide Rows

Wide row soybeans are making a comeback in Ontario. One of the benefits of the system is the ability to potentially reduce seed cost. But soybean varieties are not created equal, especially when it comes to delivering top yields and profitability in 30-inch rows. In this episode of Real Agriculture Soybean School, Pride Seeds market… Read more »

Corn School: How Do Tillers Impact Yield?

When you see two tillers growing out of a corn root you may suspect the wannabe plants are stealing nutrients from the main stalk, along with yield potential. But that’s not the case, explains Pride Seeds’ market agronomist Aaron Stevanus on this episode of Real Agriculture Corn School. “Tillers are actually a good thing. It… Read more »

Corn School: Selecting Hybrids for Silage Production

In the cattle industry, interest in new corn varieties stems from a desire to increase efficiency and production, whether utilized as a grain source, ensiled or left standing for winter grazing. Ensiled, corn offers high energy, a key to high milk production. And, although much of a silage’s quality is determined by in-field management, harvest… Read more »

Corn School: Get Fungicide Timing Right — Know Where & When to Look For Disease

Growing a bumper crop of corn requires a big meal of plant nutrients. But if you’re going to feed a hulk of a plant, you’ve got to make sure you protect it too. Fungicides may not always be warranted, but if the yield potential is there and conditions are right for disease development, a fungicide… Read more »

Corn School: Wins of the Spring — When it All Goes Right

If you’ve been drooling over the neighbour’s corn field and wondering how they managed to get such a nice looking crop, wonder no more! As Aaron Stevanus, market agronomist with PRIDE Seeds, shows us in this Corn School episode, the wins of this spring are a combination of timing, patience, homework and, yes, luck. From… Read more »

Corn School: Managing & Maintaining Soil Nutrient Budgets

Just as in money management, investments you make in your farm’s soil nutrient bank account may be short or long term. Depending on the nutrient, crop yields, the weather and soil type, nutrient levels and availability may need immediate deposits or a long-term plan to ensure there’s enough “money” there when the crop needs it…. Read more »

Corn School: Silage Hybrid Selection — Dual Purpose or Silage Specific?

Should you stick with silage specific hybrids or include a few (or more) dual purpose lines for good measure? Both strategies can work, says Aaron Stevanus, market agronomist for PRIDE Seeds, it simply depends on your management system. Leafy, highly digestible silage-specific lines are a great choice, especially near the barn on highly fertile ground,… Read more »

Corn School — The Sins of the Spring: Roller Packer Issues, Compaction & Variable Emergence

Early season field scouting serves many purposes. Not only is early scouting a powerful tool in keeping ahead of weed, disease and insect pests, but early season growth of the crop tells the story of planting. Sometimes that story isn’t necessarily a happy tale, as crusting, variable emergence or thin stands can all be traced… Read more »

Corn School: Soil Conditions Matter — Don’t Jump the Gun on Planting

Remember this feeling, it happens every year. It’s that edgy, ready-to-go feeling that shows up every year around early April. The later it gets, the more the feeling gets amplified. Then you read stories (sorry) about the guy down the road that hit the perfect window in early April and absolutely nailed it at harvest…. Read more »

Corn School: Top Tips for Planting into Wet Conditions

The drive to get on the field to plant in a timely manner can sometimes overshadow the importance of planting only when the soil is ready. What’s more, if there’s any tillage to be done before planting, a late start can start feeling very late indeed. But if you head out planting before the soil… Read more »

Corn School: Fall Application of P & K and Gauging Compaction

Do you know how many pounds per bushel of phosphorus and potassium corn pulls out of the soil? Nitrogen gets all the attention in crop production, but these two nutrients are also very important to corn production, and, in years of decent yields, the total pounds per acre of P and K drawn out of… Read more »