December 4, 2022

AGRONOMIC INSIGHTS NOVEMBER 11

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

This week’s featured agronomists are:

Courtney Wolf – Belle Plaine
Tyrell Treptow – Goodhue
Joe Dee – Morristown
Hailey Dykes
– Elgin
Brady Kinneman – Ellsworth

Scroll down to hear from your local agronomist.

Thank you for following the Ag Partners Agronomy staff and their weekly agronomic updates during the 2022 growing season. We will be taking a break from our weekly updates for the winter planning season. We appreciate your business & look forward to having you join us next Spring!


WEST 
Belle Plaine – Le Center – Le Sueur


Courtney Wolf

With harvest being nearly finished and the majority of fall fertilizer have been applied, we can say that the 2022 crop season is wrapping up. So what does that mean? It is time to think about 2023 and what is going to be planted next spring. Ag Partners has four great seed companies we partner with to provide you with the best options for your ground. We have a bunch of data from the Answer Plot system with Winfield United, FTN plots with Dekalb, internal Ag Partner plots, AYS data, and on-farm trials that were completed. All this data can help you and your Ag Partner agronomist select the most suitable hybrid for each acre of your land. Please contact your local Ag Partners agronomist to put together your seed portfolio.


EAST
Pine Island – Cannon Falls – Goodhue – Lake City

 

Tyrell Treptow

#HARVEST22 — WHAT WAS DRIVING YIELD?

 

Let’s start from the beginning…

 

PLANTING DATE

  • The images below show yield and planting date
  • Same hybrid / same planter load
  • 15 – 20 bu/ac difference
 

 

PLANTING CONDITIONS

This is the yield map from the field I posted about this spring, CLICK HERE, where planting conditions were unfavorable. I highlighted the area in blue.

  • Poor seed to soil contact
  • Sidewall compaction
  • 20 – 30 bu/ac difference
   

CENTRAL
Morristown – Wanamingo – Kenyon


Joe Dee

Harvest is essentially complete in the Morristown, Kenyon, Wanamingo area with fall fertilizer applications still moving along. It’s been quite the fall to remember with very few or no weather events from the end of September through this week when we finally received anywhere from a few tenths to an inch of rain.

Tillage has been less than enjoyable this year with the dry weather that most have experienced. However, it has helped contribute to a good fall fertilizer season to help reduce some of the workload in the spring.

With cold weather on the horizon and things beginning to wrap up, it’s a good time to reflect on this past growing season and what you’ve accomplished this year. Corn and soybean yields were much better than anticipated with the lack of moisture. There has been quite a bit of variability and it’s going to be important to analyze the data and some of the management practices that helped (or didn’t help) bring yield to your farm.

As fast as this harvest season has progressed, the end of the year will be here before we know it, and it is never too early to get ahead of the game and start planning for 2023. Think about getting together with your agronomist to sift through the information and to help you make better informed decisions for the upcoming growing season!


SOUTH
Elgin – Lewiston – Stewartville

Hailey Dykes

We can see the light at the end of the tunnel for Harvest 2022! Over the weekend and early week, we have welcomed varying amounts of moisture throughout our territory. This has slowed some things down but has been greatly appreciated with the lack of rain we have gotten throughout the fall.
As you drive around the countryside a lot of fields have been taken off and ground has been worked. Corn yields have been all over the board this year, trending well above average to below, depending on environment and disease pressure. Tar spot was a major challenge we faced this past year in our area, and both fungicide and hybrid selection will be key in battling it for this next year. Elite Rx is a program that Ag Partners is offering in the coming year that bundles your inputs such as seed, herbicide, and fungicide to drive + protect yield, while providing a warranty-based approach if you do not hit your yield goals. It is a great tool to manage your risk for the 2023 crop year.
We have collected a lot of local data from this past year that will be able to help us plan for success for 2023. If you are interested in hearing more information about Elite Rx reach out to your local Ag Partners agronomist. Have a safe rest of harvest and a blessed start to the holiday season!


WWAS
Ellsworth


Brady Kinneman

As 2022 harvest closes it’s time to look not at only products and performance, but the measurement of variability in each of our fields. Inputs obviously have increased in price over that last year and there is a lot of chatter of how we can use our nutrients more efficient. This fall we are spreading the majority of our acres based upon the yield profile, soil samples, and soil type. Not all ground is equal! Variability in droughty years magnifies areas of poor performance while our top performing zones remain unphased and continue to pay dividends. Please consider farm variability where we are allocating dollars for 2023. I’m challenging farmers who run irrigated farms to find the inconsistences under the pivot and manage them to a superior level. In conclusion, we have been blessed for the moisture we were given. High yields were found throughout our area, but water holding capacity remains low. Our moisture challenges will remain looking forward into 2023. Hope everybody is having a great prosperous fall.