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Hitting Pigweed With Overlapping Residuals – Do’s And Don’ts

For Palmer amaranth control in soybeans, his consultant, Matt Hagny with Pinnacle Crop Technologies, recommends a weed control program with full rates of residual herbicide. More >>


The Worst Thing to Happen to Your No-till Cropping in 20 years: Glyphosate-resistant Palmer pigweed alert for KS.

This has blown up (literally and figuratively) across a big swath of central KS this summer [2014], from Wichita westward to Larned, and northward to the Nebraska border—at a minimum. One no-tiller at Blackwell says, “Our control relies on not letting them emerge....If paraquat stops working, I don’t know what is next.” Why is this far more alarming than, for instance, glyph-resistant (GR) marestail, or even GR waterhemp?

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Palmer pigweed: male vs female plants

Palmer pigweed biology, including distances of pollen travel

Pigweed Identification


Central Plains: Wheat Farmer/Row Crop Farmer, Sept, 2011

Tom Austin always thought that farmers could grow 80- 100-bushel per acre wheat in north central Kansas. He is just surprised that it happened this year.

"We had good moisture through March, but then it got really dry," says Austin, whose field of WestBred Armour yielded 104.82 bushels per acre. "I was shocked. I thought that we'd be in the 70s. I had no idea it was going to yield that much."

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Ontario Farmer Daily
Matt Hagny at Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario Conference

Originally published in the Ontario Farmer Daily

When Matt Hagny talks about the benefits of long-term no-till there is no compromising. He doesn’t mean tilling only after wheat or just zone tillage or vertical tillage.

Tillage, any tillage, “causes soil productivity to decline,” the Kansas crop agronomist told members of the Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario at their annual conference here last week. Doing just a little tillage simply means you’re “screwing up a smaller volume of soil,” he added.

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Moly Shortfall Hard on Plants

Originally published on DTN

When a nutrient deficiency occurs, the crop typically has telltale visual symptoms—at least to the skilled eye. That's not the case for the micronutrient molybdenum (Mo), said crop consultant Matt Hagny, who recently discovered a fairly widespread deficiency of that micronutrient in clients' fields from central Kansas to Nebraska. His investigation into mysterious wheat and soybean symptoms may have implications as far as Iowa and central Illinois.
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Farm Journal
A Little-Known Nutrient

Originally published in Farm Journal

Molybdenum—or more precisely the lack of—may be robbing yields from a surprising number of fields.

Research conducted by Matt Hagny, who runs Pinnacle Crop Tech (, a consulting service based in Wichita, Kan., discovered deficiencies of molybdenum, an essential micronutrient, while searching for the cause of pale green plants despite adequate nitrogen levels in clients’ wheat fields.

“Ordering molybdenum testing was a shot in the dark,” Hagny says.
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Correction/Update: Since these articles were written, Hagny has discovered that soil applications of Mo are totally ineffective on the types of clays found in Kansas soils, except where the Mo is applied in a band with P fertilizer. Apparently in some parts of the world, soil Mo applications (with water as a carrier) are effective, as stated by several authorities on the subject.