Some areas experienced extreme wind events with hail, while the western and central part of the state remained very, dry right up until corn pollination. There were times when night time temperatures were very, high, which caused corn to be further stressed during the critical pollination period.
But, then the rains came. There were record breaking amounts of precipitation. This caused gray leaf spot to show up during corn grainfill and stalk or ear rots flourished. Despite moisture and wind stress, corn hybrids remained resilient.
Soybeans were taller than ever this year and some areas experienced heavy sudden death syndrome pressure. This was the year that many realized that weeds were out of control in their soybeans and many turned their attention to new soybean herbicide technologies. Despite the setbacks from Mother Nature, weeds, and diseases, many reported the highest soybean yields that they have ever had on their farm.
For this agronomist, there was never a dull moment, and I was able to learn more than ever about our products when weeds, insects, and diseases made their debut along with the "roller coaster" weather during the 2016 growing season. The most read agronomic blogs or "hot topics" of 2016 are as follows: