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Posts by: Mark Beamer – B&A Genetics Director of Agronomy
COLD SATURATION, WHAT IS IT? BREAK DOWN OF COLD SATURATION TEST

It happens almost every year, we have great planting conditions for 4-5 days, then a cold-wet period happens. The ground becomes saturated, the temperature drops, and you worry about your corn coming up. Warm germination All seed in the industry is tagged with a warm germination, a lot of seed will test 90-95% germination (warm[…]

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SPRING PREPARTATION interview with Director of Agronomy, Mark Beamer

What are some ways farmers can get ready for the spring? First off, most farmers have already started bringing their planters, tractors and field cultivators into their shop for pre-season mainentence. If you haven’t started this process, it’s time to do so. Secondly, farmers need to start thinking about, or getting ready to apply spring[…]

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The Importance of Sulfur in Corn and Soybean Production

Why is Sulfur important? Sulfur is an important nutrient in corn and soybean production as it aids protein and amino acid formation in the plant. In the past, sulfur was supplied by “acid” or high sulfur rain around the Midwest, from power plants and other sources. However, atmospheric sulfur has been reduced due to the reduction[…]

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Protecting Your Investment – How B&A Genetics® New Small Batch Treater Benefits Growers

This year B&A Genetics purchased a small batch seed treater to test new seed treatments and rates to bring to our customers. This will allow us to test many new biologicals, seed applied nutritional, seed applied insecticides, and new fungicide chemistry and rates going forward in replicated corn and soybean testing. Many of our current[…]

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Protecting Your Investment – What Are My Nitrogen Options for Late-Planted Corn?

This spring has been long and complicated. Some areas have seen a few windows of opportunity to apply pre-plant anhydrous ammonia and spray herbicides—and even plant a few fields. The priority now is to get seed in the ground, and at this point, pre-plant anhydrous ammonia is almost not an option with the recommended waiting[…]

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The burndown flexibility of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® Soybeans

As we approach mid-May, most areas are just starting to dry off after an extended period of wet weather. Since April 15, there has been roughly a total of two days in which conditions allowed growers work in the fields. Little to no burn down herbicides have been applied, and most fields show signs of weeds starting[…]

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Protecting Your Investment – Advantage of Planting B&A Genetics® Protect ‘N Grow™-Treated Seed

  This year, a majority of corn and soybean planting has taken place during May. Along with rising soil temperatures comes rising weed and insect growth. This is why treating your seed to protect your investment is so important. Our exclusive Protect ‘N Grow seed treatment options for corn and soybeans offer layers of protection[…]

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Protecting Your Investment – Cold Saturation Germ Test

What factors do you consider when determining what seed to plant first? Chances are things like: field conditions, soil temperature, seed maturity, drainage, and weather come to mind first. However, with the spring we’ve had, weather is likely at the top of your list. When a few days of sun and 65-degree weather are followed[…]

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