Jill  Scheidt

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

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Tips for Harvesting Wet Grain

 Jill Scheidt, agronomy field specialist with University of Missouri Extension, provides fall harvest tips.

 The ideal time to sample for Soybean Cyst Nematode is fall after harvest followed by spring before planting.  The key to diagnosis and management is to know your SCN egg levels by testing soybean fields regardless of past SCN management practices.  Take 8-inch deep samples randomly across the entire field, directly within the row, mixed thoroughly and a one-pint composite.  For specific sampling information refer to the SCN Diagnostics website.

 Tips for harvesting and storing high moisture grain:

  • Select a ground speed that doesn’t overload the combine. Minimize trash by keeping header high in order to reduce tough, wet stalk and leaf material.
  •          Dry corn or sorghum to 15.5% moisture if storing until spring and soybeans to 14%; Corn and sorghum need to be dried to 14% for 1 year of storage and soybeans to 12%.
  •          Consider cooling grain to 40 F or a little below to stop mold growth and insects for winter storage and warm to 60 F in the spring to minimize crusting. If grain is warmer in the bin than the outside temperature, condensation can occur on the inside of the wall.
  •          Do not run fans during rain, fog or snow to minimize moisture entering the bin.
  •          Inspect and clean the dryer 1-2 times a week to prevent plugging and reduce fines. Improve dryer capacity by removing fines from the system.

 Combine adjustments: https://www.proag.com/news/prepare-to-harvest-high-moisture-corn/

 Bin Storage: https://www.agprofessional.com/article/get-ready-wet-grain-challenging-storage

Cleaning dryers: https://www.farmprogress.com/grain-handling/key-tips-handling-drying-wet-grain

 November Health Tips: Don’t limit your options during the holidays; limit the amount- try a reasonable sized spoonful of everything you want. Drink a glass of water and wait 20 minutes before going back for seconds. To avoid overeating, eat balanced meals and snacks during the day; don’t skip a meal even if you anticipate a heavier meal that day.

For more information, contact Jill Scheidt at the Barton County Extension office, (417) 682-3579




 Cold Temperature Affect Late Planted Soybeans

Cold nighttime temperatures and late planted soybeans has farmers wondering what will happen to plants and yield, said Jill Scheidt, University of Missouri Extension agronomy field specialist.


According to Clarke McGrath, Iowa State University Soybean Research Center, on average, a three-week delay in planting may result in a one-week delay in maturity. Summer weather patterns can push that one way or the other. Later-planted beans may have fewer nodes per plant because they put more distance between nodes while playing catch-up on vegetative growth. Once flowering becomes heavy, plants slow their vegetative growth and put more energy into creating pods. Earlier-maturing soybeans will slow node production quicker than later-maturity beans. https://www.farmprogress.com/soybean/will-late-planted-beans-beat-frost

According to the Lamar Weather Station, minimum air temperature was 34 and 32.7 degrees F on October 11 and 12, respectively. According to University of Missouri Frost Freeze Guide, the average killing freeze of 28 degrees F, usually occurs from November 1-7 in southwest Missouri.

According to Bill Wiebold, University of Missouri State Soybean specialist, plant leaves do not freeze at 32°F, but temperatures near 32°F will affect plant growth and may negatively impact tender plant and cell parts.

Soybean yield is protected from frost if the plants have reached R7 or physiological maturity. At R7, seed moisture is about 60% and some green color is still present in seeds. If a killing frost occurs before R7, leaves will remain on the plant making harvest more difficult. Soybean seeds will not change from green to normal yellow color, and green beans are often docked at point of sale. This green color may fade with storage, but a change in color is not guaranteed.

More information on how this year’s weather conditions affected yields: https://ipm.missouri.edu/IPCM/2019/9/weatherChallenges/


Observe the Hessian Fly Free Date for planting wheat to avoid yield loss from Hessian Fly larvae and to avoid the risk of wheat growing too lush in warmer temperatures before the first fall frost. Hessian Fly Free Date is October 10 for Jasper to Vernon County, stretching east across Missouri. https://ipm.missouri.edu/ipcm/2009/11/Effect-of-Planting-Date-on-Wheat-Yield/

Health Tip

Don’t snack distracted. Avoid mindless snacking. Give yourself a portion rather than eating from the bag.






Visit the MU Extension flood resource site for information on crop and pasture conditions.


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


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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These listings are a joint venture of the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the University of Missouri.

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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