STUesday – Seedbed Preperation

- Seedbed preparation.   Determining when soils are fit. There is a quick and easy test to give you a good idea if your soil is ready for tillage or planting to give you a good seedbed.  Dig down 2-4” into the soil and grab a handful and squeeze it.  Soils that is too wet for tillage or planting will: Feel tacky Be able to make a ball or the soil will stick together Make a ribbon (squeeze between your thumb...

STUesday – When is it time to plant?

- When is it time to plant corn?   When is it time to plant corn, is always one of the hardest questions to answer in today’s world of extensive early vigor testing and seed treatments.  Farmers today have been taught that in general the earlier you plant the better off your yields seem to be in the fall.  The exception has been the growing season of 2014 when soil temps remained cold, air temperatures were extremely variable, soil remained damp...

STUesday – Putting Variable-Rate Seeding to Work on Your Farm

- Putting Variable-Rate Seeding to Work on Your Farm Crop Insights written by Mark Jeschke, Ph.D.1, Paul Carter, Ph.D.2, Phil Bax3, and Ryan Schon4 Summary Introduction Developing a Variable-Rate Strategy Selecting a Hybrid and Seeding Rates Building a VRS Prescription Evaluating VRS Prescription Effectiveness Interpreting the Results Sources and Additional Resources Summary Extensive field research has documented the value of planting higher corn seeding rates in more productive field areas and decreasing rates where productivity is lower. To maximize variable-rate seeding...

STUesday – Planter Checklist

- Curry Seed Pre Season Planter Checklist   In the SHED   Seed Transmission Bearings Chains, sprockets and idlers Clutches Seed Meters Calibrate Air lines Seals Brushes Wheels and Tires Tire pressure Drive Wheel centered Fertilizer Prefer if not ran off of seed drives Hoses Pumps Calibrate Down Pressure Broke springs Ware points Parallel Arms Make sure they are square Bushings Shape of the hole Row Unit Drives Make sure it matches up with meter drives Drive Chains Replace annually Sprockets...

STUesday – Pre Plant Checklist

- As you’re preparing for planting, be sure to check out this list—–> Planter Checklist. Helpful tips to remember when getting the planter ready!

STUesday – Corn Seeding Rate Considerations

- Corn Seeding Rate Considerations Crop Insights written by Steve Butzen1, Agronomy Information Consultant Summary Introduction Corn Seeding Rate Trends DuPont Pioneer Plant Population Research Results Seeding Rate Tips References Summary Each year, DuPont Pioneer evaluates corn plant population responses in research trials that span the Corn Belt of North America. Growers can use the multi-year and multi-location results to identify the best potential planting rates specific to their hybrid, location, and management practices. In studies conducted from 2009 to 2014,...

New Technologies

- The 2017 corn and soybean harvest was one for the record books. Curry seed growers recorded some of their best soybean yields they have ever experienced.  Corn yields across the central and western corn-belt were strong with Curry seed performing very consistently for our growers.  Thank you for attending our 2016 After Harvest meetings. Consistency and great standability were comments I heard the most when talking to our customers when describing their Curry products they planted this year. Looking forward...

iLevo Update

- 2016 was an interesting year in crop production with planting delays and record heat in June. Last winter we decided to treat all of our soybean test plot seed and do a large study on a seed treatment called iLevo® across the Curry footprint not knowing the challenges the spring would bring us.  iLevo® is a seed treatment product for soybeans that offers protection against Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) and nematodes in the seed zone.  Visually the late season plant...

Managing Corn Residue in Corn Production

- Managing Corn Residue in Corn Production By Steve Butzen¹, Clyde Tiffany² and Darren Goebel³ Summary Introduction Managing Corn Residue Corn Residue Management Postharvest Spring Residue Management Prior to Planting Summary Excess corn residue can result in reduced and non-uniform corn stands, as corn is less tolerant of residue than soybeans. Variable crop growth may persist throughout the season. To avoid stand issues and achieve highest yields, corn residue should be managed during combining, after harvest in the fall, before planting...