Higher tiller counts in the late fall and early winter have a big impact on yield potential. Early tillering produces larger and more grains per head, which accounts for a high percentage of yield. Wheat needs to go into the winter with enough tillers to indicate good root establishment; a good rule of thumb is a minimum of 3 tillers/plant or 600 tillers/square yard.
Managing nitrogen applications is a key factor affecting tiller development and root establishment, and it’s also important to maintain the correct nitrogen to sulfur ratio. An [...]
Resistant weeds are an ongoing threat to crop yields, and likely will be an even bigger problem in 2016 due to the cutback in crop protection inputs in the past year. Weed competition affects yield potential; that’s why it’s important to stay ahead of weeds by keeping fields clean. To give crops the early advantage in the spring, clean-up is needed this fall. Fall herbicide applications are a relatively new but growing practice because of successful results achieved in using residual herbicides to combat resistant weeds.
A fall burndown with [...]
Coastal AgroBusiness is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 recipients of the J.C. Whitehurst, Jr. Agricultural Scholarship. The NC State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) has selected Mitchell Austin Wrenn and Nashea Nicole Williams to receive this honor.
Mitchell Austin Wrenn of Zebulon, NC is a senior majoring in Agricultural Business Management with double minors in Horticultural Science and Crop Science. Having grown up on a family farm in Nash County where strawberries, greenhouse tomatoes, sweet corn and butter beans are the main crops, Austin has [...]
When selecting a cotton harvest aid program that is best for your fields, one thing is certain – include MATRIXX in the tank-mix. Matrixx improves the performance of cotton defoliant spray applications by facilitating thorough, uniform coverage on cotton leaf surfaces, allowing for quicker penetration.
Matrixx is proven to increase boll opening and enhance leaf drop when added to the defoliant application compared to applications without Matrixx.
Based on a unique blend of organo-modified siloxane surfactant and other nonionic surfactants, Matrixx is a 100% active ingredient surfactant that provides excellent wetting, [...]
Cotton plants need Boron throughout their life cycle, but maintaining adequate availability of this important micronutrient is crucial to blooming cotton. Even though small amounts are needed, Boron is essential for healthy growth during flowering and boll development, and aids in the efficient utilization of other nutrients, particularly nitrogen and potassium.
Because Boron is immobile in the plant, deficiency symptoms appear on new growth. Boron deficiencies may show some of the following symptoms:¹
Abnormal uppermost leaves
Abnormal shedding of squares and young bolls
Abnormal fruit shed which can result in [...]
Protect Those Pods
By: Dan Davidson,
DTN Contributing Agronomist, July 9, 2015
If soybeans played politics, they would definitely fall into a red state. The plant takes a decidedly conservative stance by shedding at least 60% of its pods and flowers when it feels stressed or feels there are simply too many pods to support.
Soybean yield is based on how many seeds go in the hopper. However, what we sometimes fail to remember is that each pod contains a fairly consistent average of 2.5 seeds per pods. That means getting the plant to [...]
Early nutrient deficiencies negatively affect the growth and development of your soybean crop and rob it of its highest yield potential. The best way to avoid nutrient deficiencies is to proactively supply your crop with needed nutrients before any symptoms become visible. The most critical times to apply supplemental nutrients are during the transition from vegetative to reproductive growth stages, during periods of great growth activity, and, if necessary, when deficiency symptoms are present.
When soybeans need a boost in nitrogen, potassium and/or sulfur levels, Coastal’s Quantum SDS is the [...]
Apogee®is a plant growth regulator (PGR) used for canopy management, improving harvestability, and improving yields and quality in peanuts. By managing the peanut canopy growth, Apogee® reduces internode length allowing for better row definition and therefore a more efficient and productive harvest. The potential yield benefits come from stronger pegs and improved quality, which allow the peanuts to stay on the vines longer. This minimizes pod shed and pod loss during digging and harvesting operations.
Row definition and canopy management are greatly improved in a twin row production system where [...]
To achieve the best tobacco yields and quality while keeping production costs down, you need a good sucker control program. With over 50+ years experience in the sucker control business, Coastal has developed and refined the highest quality products and successful sucker control programs for flue-cured tobacco.
The keys to successful tobacco sucker control:
Start early at 30 – 40% button stage
Be timely. Make applications at the proper intervals.
Use the right products at the correct rate.
Use the right spray application.
Coastal offers three highly effective contact sucker control materials, [...]