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Modern Corn and Soybean Production
First Edition


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1. Corn as a Crop
- Origin of Corn - How the Corn Plant Grows
- How the Plant Works - Climate and Corn
- Corn Breeding - Seed Production
- Types of Corn - Corn in the Future

2. Soybean as a Crop
- How the Soybean Plant Grows
- Climate and Soybean - Soybean Breeding
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3. Cropping Decisions
- Cropping Systems - Corn in the Cropping System
- Soybean in the Cropping System
- The Corn-Soybean Cropping Sequence
- Production Decisions

4. Tillage and Soil Management
- Tillage Terms - Tillage Considerations
- Tillage Tools and Operations
- Minimizing Soil Compaction From Vehicles
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5. Planting Decisions and Operations
- Goals of Planting - Planting Date - Planting Depth
- Seed Treatments - Soybean Seed Inoculation
- Planting Rates - Row Width - Replanting Decisions
- Plant Stand Uniformity - Planting Equipment

6. Nutrient Management for Top Profit
- Knowing Soils and How to Use Them
- Estimating the Nutrients Your Soil Can Supply
- The Elements Essential for Plant Growth
- Liming Acid Soils
- Nitrogen - Phosphorus - Potassium (K)
- Secondary and Micronutrients
- Method of Fertilizer Placement
- Effect of Changing Tillage Practices on Fertility Practices
- Alternative Sources of Nutrients
- Kinds of Fertilizer Materials
- "Natural" Fertilizers in Contrast to "Chemical" Fertilizers
- Use Caution in Trying Unproven Materials
- Economics of Nutrient Use
- Applying Nutrients and Lime Where and When Needed
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- The Effect of Fertilizers on Corn Maturity and Lodging
- Producing for the "Organic" or "Natural" Food Market
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7. Weed Management
- Weed Biology - Weed Management Strategies
- Methods of Weed Control
- Herbicide Application Methods - How Herbicides Work
- Keys to Successful Weed Management with Herbicides

8. Insects and Their Management
- Principles of Insect Management - Insect Pests of Corn
- Insect Pests of Soybeans

9. Disease Management
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
- Hybrid or Variety Selection - Crop Rotation
- Tillage and Crop Residue Management
- Integrated Crop Management - Seed Protection
- Foliar and Soil Fungicides and Nematicides
- Biological Control - Biotechnology
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10. Water Management
- Corn and Soybean Water Use
- The Soil as a Water Reservoir
- Water Movement in Soils
- Root Growth and Soil Water - Drainage - Irrigation
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11. Precision Farming
- Precision Farming Defined - Important Tools
- Integrating Precision Farming - Yield Variation
- Capturing Useful Information - Using Information
- Develop Realistic Expectations
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12. Protecting the Environment
and Using Energy Efficiently
- Agricultural Practices That Affect the Environment
- The Nature of Pollution from Agriculture
- Impact of Agricultural Technology on Balance
- Acid Rain - Efficient Use of Energy
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13. Diagnosing Corn and Soybean Problems
- Diagnostic Techniques - Corn Growth Problems
- Soybean Growth Problems
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14. Corn Silage Production
- Corn Types - Planting Guidelines for Corn Silage
- Silage Quality - When to Harvest
- Harvesting Stressed Corn - Harvesting
- Fermentation Process - Silage Additives - Silo Gases
- Selecting a Storage Structure - Silo Capacity Needed

15. Harvesting, Drying, Storing, and Marketing
- When to Harvest - Harvesting Systems
- Market Moistures
- High Moisture Discounts: Why and How Much?
- Drying Systems
- Storage Conditions for Corn and Soybeans
- U.S. Standards for Grain - Marketing

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