Blog – Page 2 – Kitchen Seed Company Inc.


1149 North Vine Street
P.O. Box 286 Arthur, IL 61911

US HWY 106 West
P.O. Box 28 Pittsfield, IL 62363



2018 Spring Ground Temps.

The spring of 2018 is going to be one to remember for sure. With late winter and early spring snows and heavy rains it has delayed planting across central Illinois. But, we are not behind as some might think. Sure the insurance date has come and went but that doesn’t mean that is the green flag to go. The ground temperature has been a common discussion here at our office. Sure our hybrids are more resistant to colder ground temperatures but that is still stress on the seed for germination. We need to be looking for ground temps above 50 degrees and depending on your location you could be seeing that. However around Arthur and surrounding area’s we haven’t reached that. Here is a log for the last week of ground temperatures in Fahrenheit taken here at our office. April 16th – 46.1; 17th – 44.2; 18th – 45.5; 19th – 44.7; 20th – 44.7; 21st – 45.7; 23rd – 47.8; 24th – 50.0. So we are seeing the warm up that we need for ideal ground temperatures with warmer nights and warmer rain showers. The forecast looks more ideal for what we need for the remaining of the week into the weekend as we reach upper 60’s and 70’s. I will continue to post more ground temperatures for the next few weeks and as always have a safe planting season!

KSC Corn and Soybean Meeting

Please be our guest for our informative meeting on KSC Corn Hybrids and KSC Brand Soybean Varieties. Topics include: ILeVO Seed Treatment and Early Planting Date Comparison, Monsanto corn traits, Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans, Liberty soybeans, as well as Xtend soybeans. Lunch provided after discussions. When: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 @ 10:30am Where: Yoder’s Kitchen in Arthur, IL

Liberty Link Soybeans

One question that commonly comes to us is how do our Liberty Soybeans compare to the Roundup 2’s or the Xtend soybeans. Well the answer to that question is not quite simple. Liberty Link Soybeans are meant to be used as a weed management tool. Of course you as growers need them to yield to consider growing them on your operation. But the largest yield robber we have to battle more and more is resistant weeds. Start clean and Stay clean is the best method to use. If you are just relying on post emergent herbicides then you have already lost. These days anymore you need to use a pre-emergent residual herbicide. Liberty herbicide has been around for a while and there are signs of resistance to liberty already, however if you can use it in a rotation with Xtend soybean system, you have an opportunity to help preserve chemistry and manage resistant weeds. Liberty Link soybeans can yield high and be a competitor in the industry. Liberty herbicide can be used as a management tool for your operation.