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Make It Grain: 2020 – Cover Crops, Microbial Activity & Yield

Now that you’re properly introduced, take a listen to our next video “2020 – Cover Crops, Microbial Activity & Yield Potential”. James and Andy discuss their take on the impact of cover crops in years past and theorize on how the significant amount of cover crops this past spring will effect the 2020 soil microbial activity and […]

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Nov, 13, 2019

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Introducing our first Video Blog

Andy Paulson sits down with James Kennedy of Advanced Crop Care in Northern Illinois.  James is an Independent Crop Consultant that works closely with growers and facilitating grower made decisions.  Like Axis, he is trying daily to help a grower grow the very best crop they can.  Take a listen.  We’ll think you’ll like him […]

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Nov, 06, 2019

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AXIS Seed Fungicide Response Guide

Fungicide Use Sheet 2018

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Jul, 09, 2018

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AXIS Seed Direct and Your Farm

This week’s notes:

 

Corkscrew Mesocotyl in corn

  1. We have been Scouting many fields from Minonk, IL to Capron, IL and various points in between. We have seen a wide spread amount of Corkscrew Mesocotyl over the past week.

Images of Corkscrew Mesocotyl from this past week.

  1. Cause: Typically, the cause is wide variations of temperature swings from daytime highs to night time lows.  This causes the mesocotyl to simply wrap around the seed or come up crooked through the soil.  Often the plant will still emerge but be more than 2 leaves behind its neighbor.
    1. We did track soil temperatures in the mid afternoon in the high 70’s and late evening in the mid 30’s from April 23 to May 3rd. this most likely was the cause.
  2. What we have seen is less than 3 percent of stand which leads me to believe that these plants were the weaker germ seeds that normally would not have emerged under tougher conditions. However, we had exceptional planting conditions in this window most likely leading to a better than average overall stand.
  3. Overall this is not something we need to be overly concerned about unless it exceeds 5% of total stand. We have found this across all brands.

For further information on Corkscrew Mesocotyl follow the link below:

https://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/corn/news/timeless/Corkscrews.html

 

Future Scouting:

V3 -V6

Below are 15 most important things we can scout for over the next 10 days.  While most of these items will not be an issue they are all areas we need to look at as we move through the next ten days.

  1. Wireworm
  2. Black Cutworm
  3. White Grub
  4. Corn Flea Beatle
  5. Armyworm
  6. Hop Virus Bore
  7. Stewart’s Leaf Blight
  8. Bill Bug
  9. Grape Colaspis
  10. Brown Stinkbug
  11. Common Stalk Borer
  12. Corn Rootworm Larvae
  13. Goss’s Wilt
  14. European Corn Borer
  15. Common Rust

 

As always, we are here to help at AXIS Seed and we encourage you to leave a comment or a topic you would like us to cover for future postings.  Let us know if there is anything we can do to help maximize your bottom line.

 

May, 29, 2018

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AXIS Seed Direct and Your Farm

A year ago, at this time we were wondering if the crop would ever get planted.  This spring we wondered if we would ever get a break.  It’s amazing how much one year can be different from the next.  This is why selecting product solely based off its previous year’s performance is somewhat in accurate.   […]

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May, 14, 2018

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Bill Gates on GMOs – ‘Perfectly Healthy’

In a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” on Tuesday, Gates said that he not only views GMO foods as “perfectly healthy,” but also that he sees them as a promising tool in a wider array of resources in the fight to reduce world hunger. Click here for the full article

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Mar, 04, 2018

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Axis Seed Direct – 6 Year Anniversary

  Six years ago today….Axis Seed Direct was founded to meet your seed needs! Today we celebrate our 6 year anniversary in part by looking back and being thankful to all of those who have supported us.  Thank you to all who have supported and continue to support us on our journey to bring growers the […]

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Feb, 28, 2018

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USDA Ag outlook provides 2018 estimates

Production is climbing, prices are falling. Keep watch on what actual numbers end up being, and their impact on corn, soybean prices. Click here for the full article

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Feb, 25, 2018

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Managing Risk in the Corn Market

What’s the best way to manage corn sales in the market, and what long-term projections will impact corn price over the next 10 years? Click here for the full article.

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Feb, 18, 2018

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Should You Spray Fungicide on Corn at V12?

ISU EXTENSION PLANT PATHOLOGISTS TESTED SEVERAL FOLIAR FUNGICIDES ON CORN TO TO HELP FARMERS DETERMINE IF FOLIAR FUNGICIDES SHOULD BE INCORPORATED INTO THEIR PRODUCTION. Click here for the full report

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Feb, 12, 2018

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