Harvest Update

Snow, rain, and cooling temperatures have slowed progress this past week.  Rain amounts varied from 0.5 inches to 1.5 inches.  As you travel across our territory you will find that almost everyone has some harvest, tillage, or fertilizer application left to complete.  Progress is starting to pick back up and and warmer weather at the end of next week is giving everyone hope there is still an ample amount of time to get the projected work complete.

The state of Minnesota is 78% complete with corn harvest and soybean harvest is 94% complete.  Wisconsin corn harvest is 59% complete and soybean harvest is 78% complete.

Seed Spotlight of the Week – November 8

What hybrids should you be looking at in the 100-day range?  We are going to take a look at a couple of our mid-day range hybrids and how to place each.

This week we have placed the soybean spotlight on Croplan’s RX1827, a  soybean that has been showing consistency from one end of our territory to the other.


DKC 49-72 SS vs. DKC50-08SS

These are two hybrids with very similar maturities and you may ask questions such as “How do I make room for both?” or “How do I know which one to choose?” or “Which of these will be the best hybrid in 2019?”.  All of these are fair and legitimate questions.  Here is a breakdown of how to choose which hybrid is best for the acres you farm:

  • DKC49-72SS will shine on your top acres.  Ground that is well-drained, has high fertility, and placed on your rotated acre. This hybrid loves a fungicide application and will pay you back plus more by doing so.  If you manage your fertility and residue properly, this hybrid does have the capability to go corn-on-corn.  DKC49-72SS has one of the best emergence ratings in the DeKalb line-up.
  • DKC50-08SS can go on the exact same acres as DKC49-72SS but does have the ability to go across more variable conditions.  This hybrid has excellent stress tolerance, therefore it has the ability to handle corn-on-corn and your “tough” acre.
  • Both of these hybrids have a fit on the farm and serve their purpose well.  2018 data is scattered on these two hybrids, which is similar to what we are seeing across all acres and all hybrids across Southern Minnesota in 2018.  Reasoning can be any of the following: wrong placement, fungicide application, weather events, etc.  If we utilize the historical information we have on these hybrids for 2019 placement, one or both of these hybrids can help fill that mid-day range in your seed portfolio.