Do seed-applied fungicides harm mycorrhizae?

by Matt Hagny It seems to be the latest trend amongst the Regenerative Ag folks to stop using seed-applied fungicides for fear of what they might be doing to the soil ecology, particularly mycorrhizae (see my previous newsletter on this —my agronomy consulting is dba...

Paying attention pays off!

This no-till cotton field was planted with 2 different planters, 2 operators.  The arrow is the dividing line.  The planters were both equipped with Keetons + Mojos, new opener blades, etc. The one on the RH side had Thompson closing wheels with toe-out wedges, the...

Soybean Stand Uniformity: Does It Matter?

by Matt Hagny Soybeans into cc oats in central KS, seeded with a JD 1560 drill with upgraded seed boots (90-series), SDX firming wheels, Thompson closing wheels. We tend to be rather complacent about soybean stand uniformity—non-uniform distance between plants as well...

Planter Downforce, Depth Settings, and Levelness

by Matt Hagny If you have new blades on a Deere planter with the depth mechanism set as shown in this photo, the furrow being cut should be 2” deep consistently. If it’s less than that, you don’t have enough downforce on the row unit. (For corn, sunflowers, and...