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Improper Downforce and Planting Depth

Maintaining a planter and making sure you have proper downforce is essential to placing seeds at the proper depth.
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Snow and Emerging Crops

Wow! What a crazy weekend of weather- great rainfall, but did it really have to snow? And also do keep the folks in the Delmont area in our thoughts.

To the business for the day, I have had several calls and notes today concerned with the effects of snow on emerged wheat and other crops. Here are my thoughts:

Generally,
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Keep An Eye On Winter Wheat For Stripe Rust

I have seen some reports that stripe rust is showing up on unsprayed winter wheat along the Nebraska-Kansas border. Still a long ways south and in a wetter area than us, but take note. Southerly winds can bring rust spores from Nebraska & Kansas north to us. Stripe rust likes the cool nights, so would be the first rust disease to appear.
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USDA Reminds Farmers to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1 Deadline

USDA Reminds Farmers to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1 Deadline

USDA Office of Communications sent this bulletin at 04/16/2015 03:00 PM EDT

Release No. 0099.15
Contact: Office of Communications (202)720-4623

USDA Reminds Farmers to Certify Conservation
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Emerging Wheat and Frost Damage

I have gotten a couple calls this morning on evaluating wheat and maybe other small grains that were emerging with the frost damage last night. Although we were very cold last night, I want everyone to use caution in making quick assessments as to how damaged small grains were. Here are some thoughts: