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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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‘Cover-Plate’ Wear on JD 60/90/Pro-series Drills

by Matt Hagny If you notice a lot of wear on the depth-adjustment mechanism (the plate with the notches in it, as well as the knob), it’s probably a sign you’re not running enough downforce on the openers. If you don’t have enough downforce (whether that’s OEM or with...

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Resistant Weeds: Tillage vs Technology (including WEEDit)

by Matt Hagny, freelance agronomic consultant since '94 [Originally written Nov 2017; updated March 2019] Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, marestail, kochia in many regions are now resistant to glyphosate and several other herbicide modes of action. This has prompted some...

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Deere ‘Pro’-series NT drills: Worth it?

by Matt Hagny We’ve been waiting decades for Deere to come out with improvements to their 90-series no-till drill openers. Now that it’s finally happened, it’s mostly a yawn—almost everything has already been surpassed in aftermarket products. For instance, Deere is...

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Fertilizers in the Seed Row (“Pop-up”)

by Matt Hagny For those who don’t know my history, I’ve been an agronomist (independent crop consultant) for nearly a quarter-century now, working almost exclusively with no-till systems during that time. So, first and foremost, I’m an agronomist. I only started...

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Super-duty opener assemblies for JD XP, ME5 planters!

by Matt Hagny We now have Forges de Niaux opener blade assemblies for late-model JD planters (XP & ME5). And with larger bearings than OEM or other aftermarket! These puppies use Peer double-row 205 bearings, whereas OEM and other aftermarket are double-row 204...

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Dealing with Ruts in No-till

by Matt Hagny I’ve spent a lot of time over the years urging no-tillers to avoid compaction and ruts with their equipment by using larger, low-pressure radials (see article) or tracks on everything that might be in the field when it's wet. For the most part, the...

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