December 1, 2021

NOVEMBER 10TH AGRONOMIC INSIGHTS

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:
Todd Anderson – AYS – Goodhue
Dave Richter – Belle Plaine
Hannah Elias – Goodhue
Joe Dee  – Morristown
Zach Thompson – Lewiston

Luke Daninger – Ellsworth

Scroll down to hear from your local agronomist.


AYS
Your Advanced Yield Systems Weekly Spotlight: 

Todd Anderson Agronomist Goodhue

Todd Anderson

This past growing season, we implemented a few trials in some fields that have historically heavy white mold.

I created spraying prescriptions for both fields, using historic yield data and left check strips in the first field.  For the next field, we sprayed the entire field but dropped the population in heavy SWM areas.  We added soybean population blocks (ELB’s) to measure the yield variation of those areas.

 

Above:
Left: Contans, a SWM product, spraying prescription based off of historical yield data.  Green area was sprayed with Contans.  Right: 2021 Contans yield results

Pictured Above:
Top Left:
depicts past yield data showing SWM loss
Bottom Left: Contans spraying prescription
Top Right: depicts VR planting rec with ELB’s in place
Bottom Right: depicts 2021 yield results

Even the though the white mold settled in later in the season, we still saw a notable yield difference. Talk to your Ag Partners agronomist or AYS Specialist about White Mold Management options on your farm.


West 
Belle Plaine – LeCenter – LeSueur

Dave Richter

As the 2021 season comes to an end and we evaluate yields and performance of the crop harvested, most producers are very pleased with above average yields.  We had above average GDU’s this season, so the extra heat made full season corn hybrids shine.  This gives merit to sticking with a plan that contains a hybrid and maturity mix.  The full season hybrids will reward you with the extra bushels.  The yield data  is in and being analyzed, so check with your agronomist to finalize your seed plan for 2022.

 


East  
Pine Island – Cannon Falls -Goodhue -Lake City

Hannah Elias

Join Hannah Elias for an update from the field.


Central  
Owatonna – Morristown – Wanamingo – Kenyon

Joe Dee

It’s been quite a fast and furious season as harvest is nearly complete in our area! Yields are much better than expected considering how dry the growing season was. Soybean yields in this area were a nice surprise, unless you were on more variable, lighter ground- but overall, very respectable. Corn yields much the same but slightly more variable across the field depending on soil type. Overall, a first-rate season with many growers having to make more room for unexpected bushels!

 

Tillage is going strong in the area with most completed it seems. It’s been an incredible fall with good stretches of weather to get fall fertilizer applications completed. Not very many years can we say we are nearing the end of anhydrous ammonia and dry fertilizer applications by November 10th unless being forced to by the weather. It is rather unbelievable!

As one growing season ends, it’s time to start planning for the next by evaluating what worked and what didn’t this time around. With all the “extra” time we have now, use it to learn what varieties and hybrids performed well on your farm, what treatments brought yield to your farm, and what actions helped push your operation to the next level.

Talk to your local Ag Partners agronomist about your farm plan and to get ahead of the game on seed, fertilizer, and crop protection inputs for 2022!

NH3 application setting a record pace to being completed earlier than average.


South
Elgin – Lewiston – Stewartville

Zach Thompson

Finally some rain!!  According to the National Weather Service in La Crosse, the last time we received three quarters of an inch of rain or more was August 27th. That’s 75 days.  Granted it has been a nice long streak to do field work, but our soil profile can use the moisture going into a freeze up.  The eastern part of the Ag Partners territory is still under an abnormally dry drought condition

 

The most current U.S Drought Monitor, depicting the abnormally dry rating we are still seeing in SE Minnesota.

Since it looks like we will have some rain days coming now, it is a good time to go through and evaluate hybrids and varieties.  We want to get the 2022 crop started the best we can!  Early planning on seed helps guarantee supply.  Talk with your Ag Partners agronomist, since there are deadlines quickly approaching on particular seed financing programs.


WWAS
Ellsworth

Luke Daninger

In Wisconsin, we are starting to wrap up with corn harvest in a lot of areas.  Fall fertilizer keeps moving right along. It looks like we will have a few more weeks of good spreading weather yet after this moisture system rolls through the area- so be sure to visit with your agronomist if you would like fields spread that aren’t on the books yet.

 

This is a great time to be thinking about making farm plans for next year and getting fertilizer inputs locked in. The crop nutrient market looks pretty bullish so I wouldn’t sit on the sidelines and wait it out.  Along with this, seed discussions are in full swing.  I like looking at replicated data when making decisions such as using Winfield’s Answer Plot system and our AYS data. These are nice additions to your own experiences with hybrids on your farm.  Your agronomist will help you in placing the hybrids in the right environment for success.


Example of data from the Answer Plot system.