The trio of Matt Hagny, John Grove, and Leland Baxa put forth another highly acclaimed Agronomy Essentials / Crop Health Workshop in Feb 2019, with some multi-year attendees saying it was the best-ever. Paid attendees included not only farmers, but also agronomists & scientists, and hailed from as far away as Texas and the Corn Belt, with webinar attendees from even more diverse locations.. Topics were similar to 2018, with some additional insights on dealing with glyphosate-resistant (and atrazine/ALS/HPPD/dicamba-resistant) Palmer pigweeds in soybeans, corn, milo, and cover crops, what % control do you need (Palmers are so very unlike other weeds in that they can’t self-pollinate), and on the role of root exudates in building soil OM. Audience questions and comments were top-notch, and the program went triple-overtime.
If you missed the Workshop, you can still get much of the information from our booklet.
The full-color booklet includes 192 slides by Matt Hagny, John Grove, Ph.D and Leland Baxa, with key pointers, research data, summaries, and photos. The 2019 Workshop materials also include updated B&W slides of the cover-crop presentation from 2014 (33 detail-rich text slides on real-world outcomes), updated B&W slides on seed vigor, as well as an updated compilation of the biological & hormone presentation from 2014 (important new info included in 2019 version covering dextrose, etc).
- Herbicide tools & tricks for avoiding injury in the cash crops
- Herbicide tools for keeping ahead of glyphosate-resistant Palmer pigwds, marestail & kochia in several different crops and fallow periods
- Why seed quality, seed treatments, and seed placement are different for no-till stand establishment, and what to do about it (and photos of seedlings from high-vigor vs low-vigor seed).
- Varying planting dates & fert rates based on mulch cover and crop sequence
- Later than usual planting dates for corn
- How to grow and preserve more mulch cover, which is desperately needed south of Interstate 80, except with irrigated corn or similar
- Which plant species actually improve soil density?
- Seed-applied micronutrients
- Pop-up (seed furrow) fertilizers
- Update on micronutrient outcomes in KS
- After using dozens of different copper fertilizer products & application methods, Hagny finally found one that is very cheap and very effective.
- Just because you put AMS in your spray tank doesn’t mean you did any good. Find out why.
- Startling degree of winterkilled wheat in strips without pop-up.
- Which Rhizobial inoculant is best for soybeans? Does LCO add anything?
- Other tips & tricks for stronger seedlings
- Does gypsum help soil structure?
- Are you applying sufficient N early enough for NT corn, winter wheat?
- Any truth to Mulvaney’s claim that K fertilizers are never needed?
- best methods for using paraquat
- Why starving fields of N impairs OM buildup
- Should you take a 50# N credit in long-term NT?
- Obtaining representative soil samples for grids, and the important (but often neglected) criteria for writing effective variable-rate ‘build’ scripts for P fertilization.
- Do Avail, Nutrisphere, Agrotain have any value? if so, where? Real research (worldwide) compilation & forthright, honest answers (neither Hagny nor Grove have any stake in selling any of these). (New meta-analysis in 2018!)
- What about ESN, Super-U, and sulfur-coated urea?
- Why liquid UAN (28 & 32%) streams are still subject to volatilization, nearly as much so as urea prills (and what to do about it)
- How to do N fertilization in no-till: best methods for minimizing loss and keeping mulch cover (where applicable)
- How to predict N requirement based on crop rotation
- Is placing N sub-surface cost-effective?
- Does the Haney soil test have any value?
- Greenseeker-type technologies
- Factors causing compaction, and how to alleviate it
- Carrying the load—bigger tires or tracks for machines?
- What problems does compaction cause in no-till anyway? do livestock hooves cause significant compaction? what about seed or fertilizer openers?
- Infiltration problems in never-till (long-term, low-disturbance no-till)
- Which is more important for the soil, the aboveground biomass, or the roots?
- How do annual crops in NT differ from perennials in terms of soil benefits?
- Detailed yield and/or profit outcomes of various practices, ranging from cover crops to biologicals & hormone treatments
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AGRONOMY ESSENTIALS WORKSHOP
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What Past Attendees Are Saying
“I found you [Matt] and the other presenters very insightful and picked up on several things that I will consider in my operation. I found the topics to be pertinent and appreciate the straight talk, no BS attitude. Overall I thought it was an excellent meeting and will suggest it to others.”
“This  was the best meeting you’ve ever done”
“I would like to buy your crop booklet. I found last years excellent! Keep up the good work!”
“The program was great, and I really enjoyed it. What you wrote [on the postcard advertising the event] wasn’t bullshit.”