PINNACLE CROP TECHNOLOGIES NEWSLETTERS

Does excess N ‘burn up’ soil OM?

My recent newsletter discussed farmers needing to calibrate their N rates to their particular crop sequences, etc. But is there a legitimate concern about soil OM not building as fast if too much N is applied? We sometimes hear (especially from the more...

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Calibrate Your Fertilizer Needs!

See the color differences? A tip-off something is wrong. Tissue tests soon afterwards confirmed N deficiency. When doing your N calibration, make sure you're applying early enough so that the crop never is deficient. This crop had already lost significant yield...

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Palmer Pigweed Control

Cover crop overrun with Palmers. Good luck trying to control them in the following corn crop on this field! by Matt HagnySome farmers still seem to be a bit too relaxed yet in their approach to Palmer control. But this threat isn’t going to be easily overcome, like...

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Be Careful What Rainbows You Chase

by Matt Hagny“Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” —Flannery O’Connor, author (1925-1964)Am I dead wood? I certainly don’t think so, but some of the ‘New Age’ agriculturalists might be of that opinion of me—those who are putting cattle on...

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Grazing Cropland: Profitability

by Matt HagnyThere seems to be no abatement of the push to put livestock back on cropland, so let’s dig a little deeper into the economics of this.First, we can notice that rents for traditionally managed perennial rangeland are about 20 – 55% of what adjacent fields...

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The Haney Soil Test: Good For What, Exactly?

by Matt Hagny, freelance consulting agronomist for no-till systems since ’94 The Haney (not to be confused with Hagny!) soil test has taken the stage by storm. But how does it work, and are the recs it generates any good? Traditional soil-N testing in drier regions...

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Dicamba & Palmer Pigweeds

by Matt Hagny While I applaud the industry for developing new traits, I have grave concerns about what is going on with the adoption of Xtend soybeans. Now, if you’re planting Xtend (dicamba-resistant) soybeans just to guard against drift of dicamba from elsewhere,...

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Seeking Truth: Implications Of Cattle On Cropland

by Matt Hagny The clamor for putting cattle onto cropland has reached a hysterical fervor. Put aside what you really want to believe on this topic for a few minutes. Let’s examine carefully the arguments put forth, and gain some perspective and clarity. Cycling...

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Short-term Thinking & Land Abuse

by Matt Hagny Grain farming is a tough business right now. Most of us always knew the low grain prices would return, and they have with a vengeance. Inflation-adjusted, wheat prices are the lowest in 400 years. Inflation-adjusted, U.S. corn grain prices are the lowest...

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Heads Up! (Take Action Now)

by Matt Hagny 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, from Wichita westward to Larned, and northward...

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Paraquat: Fact, Fiction, and True Danger

by Matt Hagny, consulting agronomist for no-till cropping systems since ‘94  Another ‘public service announcement.’ My recent e-letter on glyphosate-resistant Palmer pigweeds (Palmer amaranth) makes note of paraquat as a highly effective option. For some of you, the...

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Pale No-till Crops? Lackluster Yields?

Hidden nutrient deficiencies are often the culprit.by Matt Hagny, consulting agronomist for no-till cropping systems since ‘94 One of the foremost reasons crops fail to thrive is lack of key nutrients, many of which result in some degree of crop paleness (N, S, Mg...

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