Current Crop Scouting Report

Soybean Harvest and Wheat Planting Progress Slow

Lamar, MO -- Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension, reports for the November crop scouting update.

Response of wheat yield to planting date is complicated because seedling emergence and grain development occur in two different years separated by a winter dormant period. Delaying wheat planting may have little effect on the timing of grain fill. Wheat yield is highly dependent on weather conditions between planting and establishment of dormancy. The cooler the temperatures following planting, the slower wheat grows. To maximize yield, we depend on wheat plants to accomplish three things during the autumn growth period. Develop a root system, store sugars and produce an adequate amount of tillers. Yield potential decreases to about 70 percent 30 days after the Hessian Fly-Free Date. Increase seeding rate if planting wheat late.


Fall applications of anhydrous ammonia can be risky because of unknown weather conditions that may lead to nitrogen loss before spring. Warm, moist soil conditions increase the chances of loss. To lower the risk of loss, apply ammonia after soil temperature reach 50 F and continue to decrease; check soil conditions to ensure the knife tracks seal and compaction is not occurring; lastly, only apply a portion of your nitrogen needs.


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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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