I checked my rain gauge yesterday morning at 6:00am and dumped out 5.5 inches of rain. That is another 5.5 inches that we did not need. Area growers are anxious to start soybean harvest and finish up corn silage. But mother nature has other ideas for us. See the attached photo I took this morning on my way into work. This soybean field, just south east of Mauston has the headlands harvested, but it will be a while before the rest of the field will be dry enough to bring the combines in again. I keep praying for a stretch of warm, sunny, dry weather to help firm up our fields so harvesting can continue. I talked to one area farmer earlier in the week and he predicted that a lot of corn will get harvested in January. That is we will have to wait for a hard, deep frost to allow harvesting on some of these fields. I will keep asking for sunshine, in the meantime please be safe when dealing with less than ideal field conditions.
Yesterday morning we saw scattered showers hit the area. By yesterday afternoon we had some severe storms hit our northern trade area. My daughter’s cross country meet was cut short last night due to severe weather. (See photo of storm front moving in on Nekoosa.) They got 5 minutes into the race and the storm sirens went off in Nekoosa, pretty scary for a group of middle school students. I followed their bus back to Mauston, and from Nekoosa to New Miner we only traveled at 30 miles per hour due to the lack of visibility from the heavy rains.
When I got up this morning I checked my rain gauge and I had exactly 4 inches (see photo).
Prior to yesterday’s rains we had plenty of moisture in the soil and I was actually hoping we would see some dry weather to allow for the corn silage harvest to be completed on time. It is going to take a while for things to dry out now.
Stay safe, and hopefully dry. — Rob Shields, Precision Ag Manager
In recent weeks we have seen the presence of SDS (Sudden Death Syndrome) in area soybean fields. It is important that you ID this disease now. This way you can plan to manage for this disease for the 2017 crop season. In a few short weeks we will not be able to see the symptoms of this disease. It often gets confused with BSR (Brown Stem Rot). With BSR the pith, or the inside of the stem is brown, in SDS it stays clear or white in most cases.
There are very few options to help control this disease. One great tool to consider using is the soybean seed treatment Ilevo. Please talk to your local Allied Agronomy advisor to learn more.
The photo in this blog post shows SDS in a field I was looking at today. Below are links to some tech sheets on SDS and Ilevo for your reference.