August 18, 2022

JULY 2ND AGRONOMY 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:
Dave Richter – Belle Plaine
 Tyrell Treptow – Goodhue
Brady Kinneman – Ellsworth
Scroll down to hear from your local agronomist.

West
Belle Plaine – LeCenter – LeSueur

Dave Richter

Happy 4th of July to everyone.

Most of our area received much needed rain in the past week which brought our crop back to life and growing fast.  Corn that was curling up and showing drought stress would start losing yield if it were curled for more than 48 hours without opening up.

4th of July means we are wrapping up weed control and now working on plans for Fungicide on both Corn and Soybeans.

We can start Fungicide applications any time after V10 corn or after the ear leaf has emerged. Using Masterlock we can spray with confidence and do not need to worry about arrested ear development.   Most of the corn in our area is at least V10 stage and tasseling in 10 – 14 days.

Soybeans are also coming into the targeted development stage for a Fungicide Application.  We can start applications from R2 -R3 stage.  R3 soybeans are beginning to pod with a three sixteenths-inch-pod at one of the four uppermost nodes on the main stem.


East
Pine Island – Cannon Falls -Goodhue -Lake City

Tyrell Treptow Agronomist Goodhue

Tyrell Treptow

Join Tyrell in the field with a video on the efficacy of our Enlist herbicide system.


WWAS
Ellsworth

Brady Kinneman

 

 

 

This week out crops are looking very Good.  Our area has welcomed some rain in the last few days.  The dry spots are showing drought stress yet our wet spots are looking fabulous.  Soybeans are getting very close to R1, Corn is at V12.  Six more leaves until tassel which we should be seeing tassels by the 12th of July.

Second crop hay is 75% complete which the coffee shop is telling me 2nd crop was the same yield as first crop this year.  Please get out and scout for leaf hoppers at 4-6 inch regrowth.

The issues I am seeing at the current crop stage is where we had cover crops this year.  We have not had a dry year for quite some time and we have saw where cover crops not sprayed off early this year has been robbing the moisture from our main crops.  I have a few pictures one in new seeding alfalfa where the barley stunted our alfalfa crop and in some cases actually killed our new seedings.  The other picture is a corn field that the cover crop rye was sprayed very late but the damage is already done.  The rye stole the corn of moisture and tied up early season nutrients which as you can see is a total fail.

If you are using cover crops be sure to understand the increased management that is required and how timing is key to insure your primary crop success.  I would recommend spraying early and applying Nitrogen after the rye crop is dead.  I don’t want to push farmers away from using a cover crop because it is a great practice when used appropriately.  Growers have had great success using them but those fields are higher maintenance and need close attention.

Today, I looked at a soybean field where half the planter had soybeans with just inoculate and the other half of the planter was soybeans fully treated with Saltro.  You can see the pattern throughout the field where the full treat plus Saltro soybeans are facing less stress.  The picture where I pulled some plants you can see increased root mass, increase nodulation which is helping the soybeans stay greener then where they just have inoculant on.  These SB where sprayed a week ago with Enlist and you can also make out that the beans that were fully treated rebounded faster from the chemical application.

I’m pretty happy with how things are looking in Wisconsin and with a few more timely rains (fingers crossed) I believe we could have a heck of fall result.  Just checked the grain cash bids and the report must but positive because corn is up limit and beans up $.90.  Fungicide season is coming please look at hybrids and put a plan together.