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Now is the time to take a pre-harvest scout trip in your fields

Pictured: Dave McGargill harvests corn on the Carl Jardon farm near Randolph, IA on 10-16-2020. - (IARN Stock Photo)

Some combines are beginning to roll in Iowa. Some fields have a little time left. As we prepare to get into the fields, we realize that harvest can sometimes be a rushed and chaotic time. Just like with every other part of your operation, it is good to have a plan in place. That is why one agronomist is suggesting a final scouting of your fields to decide your plan of action.

Justin Schneider is an agronomist with LG Seeds. He says there are things to consider when it comes to figuring out how your harvest should progress.

Schneider says preharvest scouting is not a one-time proposition. He says you should start at black layer and continue every week to 10 days until harvest starts.

Schneider also suggests a push or pinch test to identify problems in your cornfields. Schneider goes through the technique you should be using to make an accurate test.

Harvest priority isn’t just about assigning which cornfield is ready first, it’s also about making sure that you are minimizing the effects of any stock degradation in the fields.

For more information on pre-harvest scouting talk to an agronomist in your area, or visit LGseeds.com

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