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THE FINISH LINE ISN'T WHERE YOU THINK IT IS.
Up to 4 bushels are LOST for each day grain fill is cut short.
Explore the below article and videos to learn how plant health fungicides + foliar nutrition EXTEND photosynthesis and GRAIN FILL.
After a hard cold event, it is important to remember that you can still impact the 3 Yield Components - heads per acre, grains per head, and weight per grain. Here's what needs to be considered in order to encourage plant re-growth.
As the crop gets older it becomes more sensitive to cold temperatures. At tillering the crop can sustain temperatures as low as 12 °F, however, once the crop reaches stem...
Fall-applied nitrogen often runs short during the peak demand timing. From the start of stem elongation to the emergence of the flag leaf, wheat require 3-5 pounds of nitrogen PER...
Are we experiencing a PANdemic or PANICdemic? Events coincidences or orchestrated? Contemplate the following...When (date) did the China/US trade agreement get announced?When (date) did China 'announce' covid-19? Yet, the Chinese...
Each of these yield components has a period during which they are most sensitive to stresses and responsive to management inputs. Crop management throughout the growing season (not just in...
Athena & Walla Walla test plots are looking good!
Amidst social distancing the McGregor Research Team is staying safe, but certainly not slowing down. 4 locations were planted last week including spring wheat in Warden, WA. Take a look.
Anything loose has been fully removed or reattached after Friday's gale force winds. Inevitably, it seems I'm never prepared for high winds and spend the following day gathering the scattered...
“In theory, we can do top dressing in the spring, we can do stream applications, we can spoon feed that crop throughout the season, which is a very common practice...
...'Agriculture - is the most healthful, most useful and most noble employment of man.' ~George Washington
I've just discovered that my/our beloved Congress is again away on recess, which I thought was odd considering they'd just returned from an 'August recess'.
Quality issues abound - remaining grains to be harvested are sprouting and there's a couple comments to that extent in the crop comments segment.
Stabilized nitrogen is one of the most effective tools to impact the yield building components of wheat - heads per acre, grains per head, and weight per grain.
"Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals and happiness." ~Thomas Jefferson
Five sessions remain to determine the harvest price average for this year's crop (2019). This past week all commodity values have again eroded further.
2019 harvest price discovery has ten sessions remaining, which means it's 55% complete and values will not change significantly.
We've received untimely rainfall across the bulk of the region which will result in a delay of harvest. Along with the moisture, has been some of the frozen variety as well.
Walking the Research Farm from The McGregor Company on Vimeo.
Anthracnose In Timothy Hay Ellensburg, Wa from The McGregor Company on Vimeo.
Good day all,It sure was enjoyable to feel and see the sun today. It was interesting to see how quickly and the number of trees that opened their buds into...
So if April showers truly bring May flowers, imagine the bouquet we'll soon have!
Cottonwood, ID Winter wheat trial site spring overview from The McGregor Company on Vimeo.
Cottonwood, ID spring visit plot walk through from The McGregor Company on Vimeo.
Visit to RFD terminal from The McGregor Company.R&T vlog 3-29-19
St. John winter wheat spring plot walk from The McGregor Company.Walk through of every winter wheat variety at this location!
Ritzville Spring Plot Update from The McGregor Company on Vimeo.3-31-19 first visit of 2019. Observations on plot quality, KickStarter, and TMC SeedStart Zinc
Ritzville winter wheat variety walk through from The McGregor Company.A look at all the varieties we have at this trial site!
The photo is water damage in our basement, my office, from the rainfall received in mid-January.
...high school basketball is nearing an end with the various qualifying tournaments to qualify for the state tournaments. College basketball season is winding down with conference tournaments just around the corner.
Yes, my father-in-law requested a family Christmas back on the farm, so here we are enjoying family and the slower pace of farm life in December.
...all was grand at our house, the smoked bird turned out better than I anticipated. Will do so again, but I've already got a couple of recipe tweaks in mind.
Good morning,A quick update to highlight a couple of items prior to next week's risk management summits.
...we have hedge of concord grapes that we make juice from annually. These grapes are at their peak of odoriferous effervescence.
Hello all,Is this a sign of aging, in that the older we are the faster time seems to tick on by? Mom celebrated her 81st birthday this week, and remains...
Whole grains are being celebrated all month - read more of Lainey's thoughts about it here on the National Wheat Foundation website.
Let's take a look at some relevant news items:
Last Friday the passing shower provided the combination of rain on warm asphalt, plus the purifying scent of a fresh rain...heavenly.
I write this from the kitchen table of the home my bride grew up in, as harvest is beginning in the area.
Hello all,This past weekend was Walla Walla's version of 3 on 3 basketball tournament, Peach Basket Classic celebrated it's 25th year! I helped with the 'monitoring' of games...it never ceases...
Hello all,Our lives can change in the blink of an eye and we can take nothing for granted.
Recent USDA and harvest reports suggest good news for the wheat market! Take a minute to read the updates on the Farm Bill, market, and weather outlooks -- all pertinent to your business...
Good evening everyone,
I saw my mother earlier this last week...they still love flowers! Suffice it to say, not one of us would be who and what we are had it not been...
If we look at the title of the article, all of you will come to an answer.
I trust the necessary paperwork and or extensions have been filed with Uncle Sam. Please keep making those timely payments, stats show there's fewer pulling the wagon than those along...
Hello everyone!Now that the Final Four and The Frozen Four are both set, and you're on your way to winning the pot in whatever 'pool' you participated in...Michigan is represented...
And speaking of "Food for Life", let's get to business:
199A fix - It looks like an agreement to replace the current Section 199A language is in the new tax law according to Sen.
2019 Proposed Budget - President Trump's proposed budget has some significant cuts proposed for agriculture, 2 stories on the proposed budget for 2019: story #1, story #2
Good evening all,
Hello all,Well my beloved Vikings will not be the first to play in the super bowl in their home stadium; did not break the 0-12 record indoor teams have when...
2/12/18, 1:30pm, Monday afternoon, McGregor Training Center on Airport Road, Colfax WA2/15/18, 1:30pm, Thursday afternoon, Walla Walla Airport Meeting Room, Walla Walla WA
As we sorted through some of the out-of-date technology, we really got to assess how far agriculture application technology has come and what it takes for it to be successful.
Each of our girls, with their families and/or significant others, were all home for an enjoyable time together.
I wanted to provide a quick update prior to the busyness of the Christmas season. Frankly, news will be rather slow and hard to come by this time of the year. I do wish we'd have an all out blizzard with several feet of the white stuff to blanket this region.
Hello all,How many stayed up late and watched the baseball game through it's entirety last night...this World Series is setting numerous milestones along the way.
Hello,As hard as it is to admit this, it sure looks to be another long season for the beloved Huskers after their home loss over the weekend, spotting the opposition...
Hello all,What did I learn this weekend? The Huskers weren't good enough to overcome 3 turnovers on the road and spotting 28 point lead to the U of Nike (yes,...
Happy Labor Day everyone,Football is back and it's hard to believe it's already September. Local schools will face challenges this weekend - the Cougs entertain BSU, the Bison travel to...
Good morning,Over the weekend I caught up with family friends back on their farm in central ND as well as south central Saskatchewan to learn about more about this year's harvest.
Hello all,We needed a getaway and took a mid-week break to Seattle for a couple of days with the grandsons on an educational experience - aquarium, baseball and science center...
2017 Harvest Prices - current price averages:
Good evening all,
After nearly 20 hours and 1200+ miles in a moving van, I've had the opportunity to ponder much. Phoenix is a grand place to visit, however, timing is everything!
I may have said this previously, distinctly recalling a conversation with my grandfather 50 years ago about time – as an urchin full of knowledge at 5-7 yrs of age,...
A reminder of the marketing meeting today at 1:30pm, at the Training Center (McGregor Main Office on Airport Rd, Colfax). This promises to be a great meeting with Luke Swenson from The Money Farm, Kevin Duling of KDI and Cat Salois the director from R & T division will each be presenting this afternoon.
Good evening all,Before I touch on the business side, let me share a quick update from the personal side - I'm feeling pretty good of late and have made nearly...
Ben Johnson makes some good points in his opinion article, “The Agricultural Drone War is Over And They Lost,” about the shortcomings of drones in the agricultural marketplace.
This past week was a roller coaster with Thursday's breathtaking market plunge; it was a correction across all commodities, not just grains.
Do the urchins still make baskets and celebrate May Day?
Which nutrients make sound agronomic sense to apply with seed and how does M-Struct fit into that game plan?
Hello all,I must confess that I thought I was rather healthy and tough up until a week ago - then, a Shingles diagnosis hit and it's kickin' my butt.
Hello all,Here's hoping to the soon and extended return of blue skies...
Multi-peril policy requires the company to make an inspection and approve any activity prior to said activity commencing. Let us know if you have any questions regarding this topic.
Hello everyone and Happy St. Pats' Day!So, I did a little research on terminology 'March Madness' and where it originated, as the 'Big Dance' seems to be out of favor.
Fall of 2016 for sure made its coffee table rounds as a wet one. The weather delayed and extended planting season well into November for some.
...the problem was they took the blue gate down in 1970. Needless to say, I didn’t find the field.
Snow mold sensitivity varies by variety. Most older wheat varieties have a snow mold tolerance rating although some of the newer varieties have not yet received a rate.
Some my fondest memories growing up are that of watching Class B basketball games. Often a smaller school was enjoying a remarkable year and had slayed a few giants during the course of the season.
Hello all,My intentions were not to send an update for another week, yet a couple of noteworthy items I felt important to get in your hands - realizing what I...
Hello and Happy President's Day weekend to all!Although the winter weather and school closures have caused several area schools to lose this Monday as a holiday.
Good evening,Perhaps the quote from Will Rogers best speaks to the nature of my optimism for the past 3 months of Sundays -The farmer has to be an optimist or...
Hello all,I'm not a fan of the NFL Patriots, yet I must admit that was quite a comeback for victory...I hold hope that wheat prices are poised to do the...
Hello all,I felt energetic in this afternoon's mild weather and slayed a couple of trees that have been my watch list for a couple of years; I'm home alone and...