Field Notes - Fall 2022

Dec 09, 2022


Harvest

Harvest 2022 Notes

As we finish out the year, most of you have finished up a successful harvest with many hours spent in the combine or the grain cart.  During that time in the combine, I’m sure you had a chance to think about how your crop progressed from seed to harvest. 

You may have asked yourself questions regarding stands, emergence, early season weed control, insect impact, nutrient deficiencies, and nitrogen loss. Then, during harvest you may have taken notice of things such as rootworm damage, stalk quality, weeds and disease pressure as harvest approached.  The big question is whether or not any of these factors affected your yield, and if so, how do you improve your crop management next year? The answer to that question is simple. Work with your Premier Cooperative Agronomist.  Our team of experienced agronomists have the knowledge and resources to help you succeed. Please give your local agronomist a call and we will work hard to help you achieve a successful and profitable 2023.  



 

                   Ken Jahnke
        Agronomy Sales Manager

 

 

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