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Between the Fencerows: Trying to set up harvest equipment to minimize down time. Plus - one last corn treatment trial.

Kyle Stackhouse

August 25, 2023

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Large equipment tires
Kyle Stackhouse

As we continue to prepare for harvest, we are in truck inspection season. August generally seems to be the best time for our operation to get inspections done. We are in a lull after wrapping up the bulk of grain deliveries.

Heading into the busiest time of year, we want to set everything up for minimum down time. We send our equipment out for inspection. I know many farms do their own inspections, but we just feel it is better to send it out and get fresh eyes on the trucks and trailers. So far, work orders have been pretty normal. No major repairs. The big-ticket item so far has been 10 tires.

Tar spot alert

I continued crop scouting after writing my blog last week about the aborted corn ears. Saturday, I stopped by our farm the farthest from home. It was a good thing I did. We found tar spot moving in. We had already scheduled some nutrient-only stress mitigation trials to be flown on fields near home. I was able to add that farm to the list for another layer of fungicide. Application was made Tuesday morning.

Hopefully we are able to stop or delay the tar spot for several weeks. We made the mistake in the past to leave tar spot untreated and it did not turn out well. So, we may be erring on the aggressive side with treatment, but corn was still in the milk stages.

Related:The case of the disappearing corn yield

As far as the nutrient treatment, I took tissue samples in the morning before the field was flown, then I took samples 24 hours later. I don’t know if enough nutrients were applied to show up, but we will know soon with results due back Friday. There were also some stress relief components to mitigate some of the heat this week. We will have the ‘as applied’ maps to reference against harvest data in split-applied fields.

Sometimes we don’t do the best tracking practices, this is one time it will be relatively simple to quantify ROI.

About the Author(s)

Kyle Stackhouse


After graduating from Purdue University in 1999 with a degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Kyle Stackhouse began farming in Plymouth, Ind., in northern Indiana. Kyle farms alongside his father Brad, not as an employee but as an owner who runs separate businesses in three counties in a 20-mile radius.  Kyle shares insight into day to day operations, current issues, and management of the family's mid-sized grain farm that specializes in NON-GMO and Identity Preserved crops.

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