Harvest is well underway in the majority of the country, and while it’s a busy time for all growers, it’s important to not lose sight of the upcoming year. The 2017 planting season will be here before you know it. Use this time in the combine to reflect on what went wrong and what went right in 2016 and how that information can help you grow better, stronger crops in 2017.
One thing to consider is insect and disease pressure. If either of these stressors affected your fields this year, it might be time to consider seed treatments or possibly a different hybrid or variety for next year. Or maybe you need to switch herbicides. Scout and take note of problem areas this fall so that you can remember those areas and create a proactive plan for those acres in 2017. Also look for other factors that affect yield, including standability, ear size, , drydown, stalk quality and overall plant health. Take notes and refer back to them when you’re selecting seed for 2017.
Another thing to consider is soil sampling. When your crops come out, so do nutrients that were helping feed the plants all growing season. Fall is a perfect time to soil sample to figure out what nutrients your soil lacks and which nutrients need replaced before you plant next year. And now is the best time to start probing so that you’re not dealing with frozen soil later on in the season.
One last thing to remember when planning for 2017 — don’t forget to enlist the assistance of your local Stine sales representative. Our team of sales professionals are always available to provide product and field management advice and can help you choose the right hybrids and varieties for your acres in 2017.