Propane Market Update

Allied Cooperative recently installed a new 30,000 gallon propane tank at our Plover fertilizer plant.  This tank was installed in order to provide the best service possible to our northern customers.  If you would like more information on our propane programs or would like to discuss your contracting needs for the upcoming season please contact us.

Right now, propane inventories in the Midwest and Canada are near the bottom of their 5 year averages and have been since April. Looking ahead, inventories appear to be the driver for price direction. Summer fills will continue, average dryer gas usage is probable, and many companies that buy contracts are currently light on them, which means that that will pressure the market upwards once they start buying. My recommendation is to consider your needs for the next 12 months, as there appears to be more potential upside than downside. Please call with any questions and to discuss.                          — Rob Hutchens, Certified Energy Specialist

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Soybean aphids are showing up in certain areas…

Soybeans aphids from today, July 30.

Soybeans aphids from today, July 30. Click to enlarge.

Soybean Aphids found in Waushara county today. Please check your soybean fields every 3 to 5 days to make sure you don’t have a population that is building. Let us know if you need any help looking for this pest.

– Rob Shields, Agronomist

Armyworms ATTACK area corn fields

Please keep a close eye on your corn fields, especially those with a lot of trash or weeds. These photos taken by Wayne Roemer, an Agronomist out of our Plover location, show the extreme damage they cause. Wayne took these photos 8 miles south of Waupaca. Sally Turpin, an Agronomist out of our Mauston location, also found a heavily damaged field just north of Mauston. This pest moves rapidly and can leave only the stalk and mid rib on the corn plant. It is important to spray before the damage gets this bad. Please let us know if you need any help checking your fields.

– Rob Shields, Agronomist

Armyworms in Waushara county.

Armyworms in Waushara county.

Armyworms in Waushara county.

Armyworms in Waushara county.

Armyworm damage north of Mauston.

Armyworm damage north of Mauston.

 

Disease pressure is high in soybeans this year…

Today we looked at a number of soybean fields that have been attacked by a number of soil born diseases. Because of the extreme conditions this season – cool and wet, then hot and dry – a lot of fields are starting to show problem areas. The field pictured below in particular looks like it has some areas of rhizoctonia starting. We are sending some samples down to the plant pathology lab to confirm our diagnosis.

– Rob Shields, Agronomist

Diseased area in soybean field.

Diseased area in soybean field.

Rhizoctonia in soybeans.

Rhizoctonia in soybeans.

Tissue Sampling Alfalfa Today in Galesville

With third crop well on its way, we are checking to see where the fertility levels are. This way if some crop nutrients are needed, we can add some in when we spray the alfalfa for potato leaf hoppers. Please let us know if we can assist you in managing this crop.

– Rob Shields, Agronomist

Alfalfa tissue sampling.

Alfalfa tissue sampling.

Tissue sampling in Galesville, WI.

Tissue sampling in Galesville, WI.

Japanese Beetles Attack!

A lot of our field and vegetable crops are now being attacked by Japanese Beetles, see photos. They consume the leaves of many crops, such as corn, soybeans, snap beans, tomatoes, melons, etc. Please check your fields now or contact one of our Allied Cooperative agronomists to assist you.

 – Rob Shields, Agronomist

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Answer Plot Event Tonight!

Allied Cooperative would like to invite all area growers to our Answer Plot event to be held today (July 17th).  We will have an Annual Meeting at 4:00 p.m., followed by a delicious steak fry dinner (FREE!), and a tour of our Answer Plot at 5:45 p.m.  The plot is located two miles east of the Hwy. 13 & 82 intersection in Adams County, Wisconsin.

It may be a steamy day — but you can almost hear the corn grow at the Answer Plot.  Come on out and see how different varieties are performing and gain insight in managing this year’s crops.

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Crop Update

Corn

This past week we found the first rust pustules of the season which means that rust spores are in the area. Carefully monitor your corn fields for rust as the season goes on, especially those fields with sensitive or less resistant hybrids. Start planning ahead to tasseling which for some may be right around the corner, with as wet a year this has been we should expect higher than average foliar fungus pressure this year so consider an application of a fungicide at Tasseling and R1 in the corn this season.

Soybeans

We are finding low levels of brown spot of soybean in a few fields across the area. Soybeans are growing rapidly at this stage. We are finding soybean aphids in most fields this year. With these levels of aphids this early in the season, combined with the favorable aphid weather we have been having it is very likely that control will be needed in many of the fields in our area this year.

Potatoes

Late blight was found in south central Portage county today. This point of infection is 20 miles north and east from the original infection site. In most of the fields in our area we have the Colorado Potato Beetles under control at this point with just trace levels left in most fields. Early blight continues to remain in check on the lower canopy in fields that are receiving regular fungicide applications. Also we are just starting to find bacterial vine rot in some of the more sensitive varieties.

– Otto Oemig, Agronomist

Soybean Aphid Alert!

Soybean aphid (photo courtesy of Wikimedia)

Attention! Soybean Aphid Alert! Soybean aphids have started to hit our area. We found out some fields are at threshold. I just visited with a grower whose fields are in Southern Adams county and Northern Columbia county and he has soybeans fields that need to get sprayed. Be sure to use a minimum of 15 gallons of water and a lot of pressure to get good coverage. I have had very good results using Leverage 360 insecticide in the past at the 2.8 oz rate. If you are spraying the field consider tank mixing in a foliar micronutrient package, such as Max in ZMB, and/or a foliar fungicide such as Stratego YLD at 4 oz. Please contact one of our agronomists to find the best recipe for your acres. Thanks and be safe out there!

– Rob Shields, Agronomist

UPDATE (5:36pm): In talking with our team up in Galesville this afternoon it sounds like the Soybean aphids are very bad up on the Trempealeau Prairie, just west and a little north of our Galesville location. They are ordering in more Leverage to combat this pest. Please check your fields on a regular basis. Typically the threshold is at 250 aphids per plant.