Your Local Weekly Ag Partners Agronomic Update.

The one-stop-shop to hearing everything you need to know this week about what is happening in your fields.

This week’s featured agronomists are:

Tim Malterer – Le Sueur
Storm Sammon  – Owatonna
Chris Soltau – Goodhue

Justice Keefauver – Lewiston
Luke Daninger- Ellsworth

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Belle Plaine – LeCenter – LeSueur

Join Tim Malterer, Le Sueur AYS Specialist,
to hear a brief update from the field.
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Kenyon – Morristown – Owatonna

Join Storm Sammon, Owatonna Agronomist,
to hear a brief update from the field.
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Wanamingo – Pine Island – Cannon Falls -Goodhue -Lake City

Join Chris Soltau, Goodhue Agronomist,
to hear a brief agronomic update.
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Justice Keefauver

For most of SE MN 1st chopping is underway! After the frost a few weeks ago, we have seen adequate moisture and finally some heat to help our alfalfa get back on track. With chopping underway, its time to start thinking about what to look out for around the corner.


These late May and early June southern storms will bring heat, moisture, wind, and insects. Pictured below is a potato leafhopper as well as the indication of infestation due to “hopper burn” signs. Leafhopper populations frequently increase to damaging levels on the second and subsequent alfalfa crops. Feeding injury by potato leafhopper can result in loss of yield and forage quality in the current crop due to lack of efficient photosynthesis.  In addition, the effects of leafhopper injury can carry over to subsequent alfalfa crops, both in terms of yield and your alfalfa stand.

When should I scout? The answer is when there is enough regrowth after each crop for the net to swath effectively. Talk with your agronomist about thresholds based on alfalfa height on all insects and make sure he or she is out sweeping your stands. It is important to protect your investment and make quality feed for your cows!

Potato Leafhopper

Hopper damage



Luke Daninger

As I write this, it is a sweltering 93 degrees with rain moving in.  The corn is really moving along now.  Side dress can be done at any time now.  AYS data shows it is worth about 8 bushels on average.  This will compliment fungicide nicely on medium and high responding hybrids in a month.  Make sure to be looking for weed escapes as well.  We have been seeing more this year than on average.


AYS data showing all nitrogen up front versus a side-dress application.

Most of the hay in our area came off in the last five days.  Make sure to not forget your first crop fertilizer to replace what we pulled out of the soil.  I was hearing yields between 1.7-2.5 ton DM which was a lot better than anyone would have expected with the roller coaster weather the crop was put under.