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Atkins Update: An 'interesting' fall

CHENOA – This has been an interesting fall for area growers with higher than expected yields in some areas while other locations saw lower yields.

“They could have been higher with a little August rain but there are very good yields,” said Dale Atkins of Atkins Seed Service at Weston.

Atkins recommends planning for a fungicide application each year. This growing season has proven that early applications provide a yield boost for corn. Atkins considers fungicide an important way to improve farm profits.

Pioneer has new varieties in its seed lineup, including two 110-day hybrids with a consistent yield advantage. The first pay period for seed ordering is by Oct. 19. A good way to get those popular varieties planted on your farm next year is to fill out early orders to reserve supply.

“That’s good management to work on an order and develop that plan during the winter and not trying to do it during harvest,” Atkins adds.

For more on Atkins Seed Service, stop by the office at the corner of U.S. Highway 24 and the Weston Blacktop in McLean County or call 815-945-5113.

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