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

Brett Decker- Lewiston
Luke Daninger- Ellsworth

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Belle Plaine – LeCenter – LeSueur

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

Join Storm Sammon, Owatonna Agronomist, 
to hear a brief agronomic update from the field.
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Brett Decker

With approximately 75% of the corn planted around the Lewiston area, the rain Monday night was a welcome sight.  With the continued cool and dry weather we have been experiencing, many growers have decided to go ahead and plant corn this last week.  As dry as it was, most growers are recognizing some of the best planting conditions in years.  However, with the cool soil temperatures it does raise some concern for seedling germination and growth.

Be diligent in checking those fields that were planted early for any signs of cold imbibitional chilling, causing the mesocotyl to spiral with the plant possibly dying off.  Because of the nice planting conditions, corn has been planted into some very loamy soils. Monday nights rain should have settled the ground back into place, making for very good seed to soil contact.

Moving forward to soybeans.  Most growers have some soybeans in the ground.  With soybean planters starting to move please keep in mind the need to get your pre-emerge chemical in place before the soybeans emerge from the ground.  Even though the spring has been dry, it is still a good idea to put the pre-emerge chemistry down so that when it does rain it controls any early season grasses and broadleaves.  This helps give you some time before the post-emerge spraying must take place.  If Ag Partners is applying the pre-emerge chemical, please communicate with your local agronomist when you get the soybeans planted, so we can get it scheduled and completed before the soybeans emerge.  As always if there are any questions please contact your local Ag Partners agronomist.  Enjoy the rest of your planting season and stay safe.

Pine Island – Cannon Falls -Goodhue -Lake City

Chris Soltau Agronomist Goodhue

Chris Soltau

With planting underway, I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe.  With the earlier dry soil conditions, I am recommending a 2” planting depth for corn and 1.25-1.5” on the soybeans.  This will help the final planting depth after the ground settles.  Make sure you do not cheat on your corn population due to cooler soils and possible seed mortality.  With early and cool planting conditions, it is also important to manage your target soybean population and make sure your bulk soybeans are treated.

Have confidence that you and your Ag Partners team member put together the best plan to fit your needs and yield goals.  It is a privilege to deliver you the products and knowledge gained with your help through our AYS trials.  Let’s watch this crop grow together!


Luke Daninger

Across the Wisconsin geography, there is less than 10% of the corn and soybeans planted throughout the geography to date.  Cold temperatures and rain showers have slowed progress in the region.  Most of the alfalfa new seeding is completed or close to.  We expect a lot of crops to be put into the ground later this week when the weather shapes up.


When looking at the weather, there were several mornings of freezing temperatures last week.  From what I have seen so far, it looks like some of the top growth on alfalfa was damaged but the crown made it through the weather just fine.  As the week progresses and we get some heat, we will continue to learn more on how the hay looks.  The most likely result is a slightly lower yield on first crop with it being slowed down a bit on a harvest date.

Freeze Damage on Alfalfa