On Demand Soybean System

Gerry Fanta and Sally Turpin are seen here treating bulk soybeans with our new On Demand soybean system! This year more than any other it is CRITICAL to have fungicide on your soybean seed. With the wet conditions in the fields, seedling rot diseases are going to be a constant threat this season.

The treated soybeans being loaded on our Bulk Seed Tender.

The treated soybeans being loaded on our Bulk Seed Tender.

– Rob Shields, Agronomist

Adams Agronomy hard at work…

With the sun out today, the Adams Agronomy staff were in full swing! Here are some shots of a few of our guys at work in the field. (Click images to enlarge.)

Derek Leckwee spraying.

Derek Leckwee spraying.

Derek Leckwee spraying.

Derek Leckwee spraying.

Shannon & Eddie working on his dry spinner machine.

Shannon & Eddie working on his dry spinner machine.

 

Doug spreading potatoes.

Spreading potatoes.

Harold Barr's machine getting filled up.

Harold Barr’s machine getting filled up.

Harold Barr spreading seed corn.

Harold Barr spreading seed corn.

– Rob Shields, Agronomist

In Galesville today…

Today, our summer agronomy intern, O’Bryan Decker, and I got out in the field to do some crop scouting in Ettrick, WI. We also stopped by the Galesville agronomy division where I took a few shots of the crew working on their equipment. It’s been so wet there that they can’t get out to do any field work. Check out the photos below.

Soybean plot at Ettrick, 6-6-13. Click to enlarge photo.

Soybean plot at Ettrick. Click to enlarge photo.

Intern O'Bryan Decker at a corn plot in Ettrick (John Vehrenkamp farm). Click to enlarge photo.

Intern O’Bryan Decker at a corn plot in Ettrick (John Vehrenkamp farm). Click to enlarge photo.

Nathan Instenes loading soybeans for a customer at our Galesville location.

Nathan Instenes loading soybeans for a customer at our Galesville location. Click to enlarge photo.

Ryan Whitacre cleaning a tractor at our Galesville location.

Ryan Whitacre cleaning a tractor at our Galesville location. Click to enlarge photo.

Seed treater at Galesville Agronomy.

Seed treater at Galesville Agronomy.

RoGators at Galesville.

RoGators at Galesville.

Nathan Instenes putting logo on tender.

Nathan Instenes putting logo on tender.

Galesville's new dry tender.

Galesville’s new dry tender.

– Rob Shields, Agronomist

Crane Damage and a Cutworm Alert!

We saw two big issues in fields today!

First, crane damage was seen just north of Adams today! Keep an eye on your field for crane damage! Look at the picture below – the cranes pulled the plants right out of the ground.

Crane damage seen just north of Adams, WI.

Crane damage seen just north of Adams, WI, on June 5, 2013.

Second, cutworms were found feeding just south of Adams this morning. Please check your fields or give us a call to help scout your fields ASAP, so that these pests don’t chew up your crop.

Cutworms spotted south of Adams, WI, on June 5, 2013.

Cutworms spotted south of Adams, WI, on June 5, 2013.

– Rob Shields, Agronomist

Fungicide time for wheat!

It’s fungicide time for wheat! A lot of area wheat fields are beginning to flower; that is, they are entering Feekes 10.51 (25-50% of the heads are flowering). Application of a fungicide now will reduce the chances of seeing Fusarium Head Blight or Scab later. Now is the time to get scheduled with a product such as Prosaro® at 6.5 to 8.2 ounces per acre. Contact me using the form below to set up an application.

– Rob Shields, Agronomist

 

Reduce Stress on Your Crops Through Aggressive Scouting

With the challenging conditions this spring, it is more important than ever to scout your fields aggressively. It is critical that the insect, weed, disease, and nematode pressure be monitored accurately. When the crop is already stressed due to late planting and adverse weather conditions, it is important to reduce or eliminate additional stressors.

Alfalfa

On our alfalfa crop, we want to reduce the amount of disease pressure, especially during this wet season. One way to assist your alfalfa crop and reduce the presence of leaf disease is to apply a foliar fungicide. A foliar fungicide will allow the harvest to have more green leaves, from the soil surface to the top of the plant, than you would see without such treatment. This corresponds with increased yields and quality. I would also encourage you to look at tissue testing after you have adequate re-growth, to ensure that your alfalfa plants are finding the proper nutrients. It is important to watch the insect pressure in your alfalfa fields as well; the biggest insect pests we currently deal with are potato leaf hoppers and the alfalfa weevil. Weed pressure can also greatly impact the ability of an alfalfa field to produce. The most effective and least stressful option for weed removal on production alfalfa fields is to use the Roundup Ready® System. Other options, such as Raptor® herbicide, can set back the growth of the alfalfa. The Roundup Ready System also allows us to remove broadleaves easily from fields such as clover, dandelions, and thistle.

Corn

In our corn fields, we need be watching for insect pressure. Some common pests we deal with during spring and early summer are black cutworms, dingy cutworms, and armyworms. These pests are very destructive and can advance rapidly, increasing the need for regular aggressive scouting to help monitor these pest levels. When the corn hits the V5 stage (5 collars), you have the option to apply a foliar fungicide, such as Headline AMP® or Stratego® YLD. This practice may prove even more advantageous this season with all of the additional stressors that our corn crop is facing. Controlling the weeds in your corn fields is also critical. When conditions allow you to enter the corn fields this year, I would strongly encourage you to have at least 3 active ingredients in your spray mixture; I would not recommend Glyphosate alone to protect your crops. There are many different recipes you can use on your corn post-emergence. Selection of these recipes depends on many factors: weeds present, herbicides used to date, economics, and rotational restrictions (what are you going to be planting in this field down the road). An example of a post-emergence herbicide recipe on glyphosate tolerant corn could be 5# Glyphosate at 24 to 48oz (rate depends on weed height and species present) + Capreno® at 3oz/acre + Atrazine 4L at 1pt/acre (only if you are in an area that is legal to apply Atrazine) + the appropriate amount of surfactant and spray grade ammonium sulfate. There are many other post-emergence products that can be used in various combinations, such as Status® (safely-formulated dicamba), Cadet®, Laudis®, Halex™ GT, Prowl® H20, Lumax®, Hornet® WDG, and more.

Soybeans

On our soybean crop, it is very important to start clean and stay clean. As with corn, I would strongly encourage you to have a minimum of 3 active ingredients for your herbicide program. If your soybeans have not been planted yet, or have not emerged, there are a number of herbicides that can help burn down any weeds present and also offer some residual control, such as Authority® First, DUAL®, Gangster®, OpTill®, Valor®, and others. After the crop has emerged, our list of products changes somewhat. One of my favorites is to add Cadet® in at about .5 oz. per acre with Glyphosate. The Cadet will “flash” the soybeans, but it helps take down larger broadleaves such as Giant Ragweed and Lambsquarter, which Glyphosate alone would not. If there is any volunteer corn present, I would encourage you to add in a non-selective grass herbicide, such as Select®, Section® 2EC, Poast®, Fusion®, or Assure® II. When looking at other post-emergence herbicide products, it is important to consider crop safety, weeds present, height of weeds, and tank mix partners. Some products you might consider adding to your tank mix are Cobra®, Extreme® (mixture of Pursuit® and Glyphosate), Phoenix™, Raptor®, Resource®, and Warrant®. Disease control in soybeans starts with variety selection, followed by appropriate treatments of fungicide, insecticide, nematicide, and inoculants. After emergence, we can look into a foliar fungicide program to assist you with disease management programs. There are many products to choose from, and rates and timing are different for each product. It is best to discuss your product options with your agronomist to find the best fit for your crops. Some examples of these products include Stratego® YLD, Quadris®, Quilt®, Proline®, Priaxor®, Headline®, and Endura®. Insect control is also very important in soybeans. Last year we saw a lot of spider mite activity, and in past years we have seen outbreaks of soybean aphids. The best advice I can give on insect pressure in soybeans is to scout regularly and apply the appropriate insecticide when pest levels warrant an application.

Please contact one of our professional field scouts or agronomists to assist you with any field scouting you need done this season. I also highly encourage you to consider tissue testing, disease testing and nematode testing. This way we can more accurately recommend a course of action for you to manage your nutrient and pest levels.

– Rob Shields, Agronomist