Southern Illinois Crop Tour

We’re agronomists … when we hit the road, we can’t help but examine crops along the way.  On the road to St. Louis, we took a closer look at the crops south of us.  It looks like they could use some rain … Very dry… The corn is uneven in areas and there are pockets showing up missing nitrogen … The beans are podding up nicely but showing a little moisture stress.  Enjoy a few photos from our Southern Illinois Road Trip. — Rob Shields, Agronomist


Wow! Look at these soybeans!

Weed Control Issues

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Corn Pollination Under Way

Corn Pollination has started in some of our early planted fields, or corn fields that are on soils that heat up more rapidly. Please remember to keep the stress low on fields during this critical time.  If you have access to irrigation please consider keeping adequate water available.    — Rob Shields, Agronomist

Corn pollination starting 7-24-14 Fresh pollen falling today on these silks  7-24-14

Current Issue of Wisconsin Pest Bulletin Now Available

The current issue of the Wisconsin Pest Bulletin is now available…..

Looks like most WBCW traps are low with the exception of Sparta, a trap there caught 275 this week……

Looks like we are still behind on heat units for the season, a few more days like Monday & Tuesday of this week and we should catch up quickly.

To see the bulletin, click on the following link.  07-24-14 Pest Bulletin — Rob Shields, Agronomist

A Closer Look at Cranberries

We were able to visit some Cranberry beds with our Cranberry lead, Penny Langer yesterday and take a look at the cranberries forming close up, then we sent our UAS, orCranberries forming close up
drone, up to get a look from above.   Please contact Penny Langer (608-387-9000) at our Tomah office for assistance on evaluating your Cranberries close up and from above.    Thank-you.

For more information on cranberry terminology and growth click on the below link:


Below is a photo of an area cranberry operation from our UAV.



WBCW (western bean cutworm) Moth Found

Congratulations to our Intern from Galesville, Alissa Geske, for being the first one on our staff to fine a WBCW (western bean cutworm) moth this summer. Some of our hybrids, like the Smart Stax varieties, have protection against this pest. But a lot of our field corn and sweet corn varieties Western Bean Cutworm moth 7-18-14are still at risk. The best way to determine when this pest is in the area is with the pheromone traps, like the ones our interns are checking every week. Please click on the links below for reference materials to help you learn more about this destructive pest.

Western Bean Cutworm tech sheet

Moth ID guide A3855

If you need help determining if this pest is a problem on your farm please contact your local Agronomy Advisor at Allied Cooperative.  — Rob Shields, Agronomist

Soybeans Hitting R3 Growth Stage

The fields I’m in today are just hitting the R3 growth stage, beginning pod.   (In the photo below you will see I’m pointing to the first little pod starting to develop.)

R3 soybeans

Now is the ideal to consider Headline SC fungicide, optimal timing is from R2 to R4 (full flower to full pod).    Headline should be used at 6 to 9 oz per acre.    This is also a great time to add in a foliar nutrient product such as Max in Manganese (Mn) at 1 quart per acre.   Another product I would encourage you to discuss with your Agronomy Advisor is Ascend, plant growth regulator at 3.2 oz per acre.    Below are links to the data sheets for these products.  Please refer to them for futher details. — Rob Shields, Agronomist

Max In Manganese


Ascend Foliar Soybeans Tech


Nitrogen Trial … as Seen From Above

Last week Friday we were given permission to take some pictures of a Nitrogen research plot.   The plot is a joint effort between the University of Wisconsin Madison and Coloma Farms.    Thanks again to Steve and Andy Dirks for letting us fly our UAS (drone) over the plot to document its progress as of July 11th.     You can see the trials that received less nitrogen, lighter green in color.     We will revisit the plot later in the month to see how it is progressing. — Rob Shields, Agronomist



Reading your LP Tank Gauge

It’s summer, and propane is probably the last thing on your mind.  But keeping an eye on your LP tank gauge is important year round.  You can avoid the inconvenience and cost of an out-of-gas call, by keeping an eye on it and calling ahead.  Brian Schroeder from our Energy Division shows just how easy it is to check your tank gauge in the following video.

Just remember to contact us before your tank reaches the one-quarter level. Or better yet, ask us to place your account on a “keep fill” or scheduled delivery basis. That way, your dealer will make sure your propane tank is filled year-round.

Corn Blotch Leafminer Seen Today!

What is corn blotch leafminer? Well it’s not a major pest but if you happen to see the damage at least you will know what you are looking at. We can see something similar in Alfalfa as well.Corn blotch leafminer damage

Please let us know if you need any assistance identifying insect pests in your fields.

For more information on this pest click on the following links from Michigan Stage and Monsanto. — Rob Shields, Agronomist

Corn blotch leafminers – DEKALB – Alert