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We can't control weather and markets, but we can almost always use good quality seed. James Locke, soils and crops consultant, shares the components of quality seed.
Jim Johnson, soils and crops consultant, outlines the important information to notice when considering a pesticide, including who can use the pesticide, its active ingredients, where and when it can be sprayed, what it controls or suppresses, and how to use it.
Consider terrain, soil type and fertility, water, weed and brush encroachment, and forage resources before buying land with the goal of crop or hay production.
Soil testing offers information that can lead to more informed decision-making and ultimately greater productivity and profitability. Sample in early spring for summer crops and in the summer for fall and winter crops.
Lignin is a major component of plant cell walls that provides physical strength to plants, but, higher lignin concentrations can negatively affect forage digestibility. Therefore, it is best to reduce, but not eliminate, lignin in forage crops. Eliminating total lignin content can severely alter plant growth and performance in the field.
A good crop starts with good seed. Much of the information producers need to know is on seed certification, analysis and treatment tags.