Jill  Scheidt

Jill Scheidt
Phone: 417-682-3579  
Email: scheidtjk@missouri.edu

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What Have We Learned From 4 Years of Studying Temperature Inversions - An informative article about considering temperature inversions with herbicide application timing.


Current Crop Scouting Report

April 4, 2019

Hello, this is Mike Dennigmann, agronomy intern, with your April 4th crop update. Reminder, turn in your crop scouting payment by April 8 to guarantee receiving the message while Jill is on maternity leave.
Fields scouted just west of Lamar.
Wheat was in the tillering stage, with a few plants starting to move into the jointing stage.  The jointing stage is a critical stage in wheat development. To determine if a plant is at jointing, examine the main stem of the plant, and use your fingers to feel for a small bump at the base of the shoot. A nitrogen application needs to be made before jointing to prevent injury that could result in lower yield.  Yellowing of the leaves could indicate a nitrogen deficiency.  If you are seeing a purple tip on the leaves of your wheat, that indicates a temporary phosphorus deficiency due to the cold weather.
Right now, we are not seeing much weed pressure, however, some henbit was found. If the purple flowers have already emerged, then it has already dropped seed and it will not be effective to spray.  Henbit can cause yield reduction in wheat if present in high densities. The best time to spray for weeds is when height or diameter of the weed is 2-4 inches.
I did not find any aphids, which are not usually active until temperatures are consistently above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.  Aphids are extremely small but can be seen on the stem, and on the undersides of the leaves.  They are also typically found in the more lush areas of the field.
According to the Lamar Weather Station, the 2-inch bare soil temperature was 48 degrees Fahrenheit, April 3 at 9 am. Corn germinates at 50 degrees.
Calls will go out Thursday at 9 am until mid-May; after that, they will go out Wednesday at noon, like normal. Call 417-682-3579 for more information, thank you.


Missouri crop performance reports

Finding varieties that best fit a farmer's production goals and challenges is an essential part of profitable grain crop production. MU Variety Testing Program provides the reliable, unbiased, up-to-date information that makes that selection possible.

Each year they test more than 600 corn, grain sorghum, and soybean varieties at 32 locations throughout Missouri. These 32 locations are distributed among four regions: North, Central, Southwest and Southeast. The number of locations within a region depends on the specific test but varies from two to five. Companies enter their varieties into tests at one or more of these regions, but their entries must be placed at all locations within a region.

Headquarters for the MU Variety Testing Program are Bradford Research and Extension Center located in the heart of Missouri six miles east of Columbia. More personnel are located at the Delta Research Center near Portageville and the Hundley-Whaley Center near Albany. The majority of our test locations are farmer fields and we appreciate the cooperation and dedication of our cooperators.

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The listings include sellers names, cities, counties and phone numbers. Sellers can be listed by either region or forage type. Bale type is included: small square, large square, small round, large round, baleage, or other. The number of bales and approximate weight of each bale of hay is included, and if the hay has been analyzed, crude protein, acid detergent fiber, neutral detergent fiber, relative feed value, and percent total digestible nutrients may be included. A final area for notes catches information such as first cutting or specifics such as call times.

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