Now is a Good Time to Evaluate if Your Corn Fields had Enough Nitrogen Applied

Now is a great time to do some investing in your corn fields. Check to see if any deficiency symptoms are showing up.  Iowa State has put together some excellent information on common deficiency symptoms. Click on the following to read this informative data: nutrientdeficiency

Please let us know if you have any questions on what is going on in your fields. — Rob Shields, Agronomist

leaves firing up

Time for CORN Tissue Testing

Well after 2.5 inches of rain yesterday afternoon and evening at our house, my wife should not have to water the garden tonight.  I had wanted a little bit of rain to keep the crop moving forward but I received a lot more than that.


Last week we looked at a lot of corn that was V2 to V4.   This week is critical in field corn.  The weeds need to be cleaned up and a residual product laid down to keep the field clean until canopy.  An example of a recipe you could use in glyphosate tolerant corn would be 24oz of a 5# glyphosate, 1.5pts Atrazine 4L (if you are not in a restricted area & you have not already used Atrazine), and  2 to 3 oz. of Capreno.   Remember to always check labels and check with your Agronomist at Allied before making any applications.


Now is the perfect time to call us to have your tissue samples taken for field corn.  We want them pulled at V4 to V5 to confirm where the nutrient levels are at in the corn plant.  We have many interns and staff available to help in this effort.  We will also ask when the last time you pulled a soil sample.   If it has been more than 3 years we will want to pull a soil sample at the same time the tissue sample is pulled.


Please take the time with the weather delays to check on your corn stands (see pictures below).   Check populations, look for missing plants, find out why they are missing.   Bring along a shovel and check planting depth and look for any disease or insect pressure.   If you do not have time please give us a call we would like to help you evaluate your fields.


Have a safe and productive week!   — Rob Shields, Agronomy

looking at corn populations

Looking at Corn Populations

Corn plant in trouble

Corn Plant in Trouble

Sign Up Now for Private Applicator Training & Testing

We have to get used to writing 2014 now.   The year 2013 is now over, and what a roller coaster ride it was — a late wet spring followed by a dry summer. Hopefully 2014 can provide us with a season that is more favorable for crop production in Wisconsin.

The 2014 season is only a few months away. Now is a great time to start planning for what is needed during the next crop season.  One thing you don’t want to limit yourself on is what crop protection product your farm has access to. If you do your own spraying please check to make sure your Private Applicator license is up to date.  If not please sign up NOW with your local UW Extension office. (See below for more information on these classes.)  This way you will have access to any of the crop protection products that are sold at your local Allied Cooperative Agronomy center. Please have a safe and productive 2014 season!   — Rob Shields, Agronomist

Private Pesticide Applicator Training classes will once again be offered by your local UW-Extension office. Anyone who intends to purchase, mix, load, apply, or direct the use of restricted use pesticides as a private applicator must be certified. Certification is good for five years. There are two ways to become certified. Purchase and study the training manual and attend an all-day training class offered by your local UW-Extension office. These classes consist of presentations followed by a written exam at the end of the day. If you are unable to attend one of the classroom sessions, the second option is to self-study and schedule time through the UW-Extension office to take the exam on your own. Training manuals are available at your local UW-Extension office and must be purchased at least five (5) days before the class or individual exam is taken.

January 23 – Green Lake County

January 24 – Waushara County

January 31 – Adams County

February 5 – Marquette County

February 14 – Wood County

February 21 – Juneau County

February 21 – Portage County

February 27 – Waupaca County

March 4 – Waupaca County

March 7 – Portage County

March 10 – Adams County

March 14 – Green Lake County

March 21 – Waushara County

More rain last night & taking a crop of alfalfa in mid-September

I got 1.5 inches in my gauge when I checked it this morning, from yesterday & last night. Well we could have really used this rain 6 weeks ago for our soybean crop. But this rain will definitely help the wheat that has been planted recently and any fall seeded alfalfa. Someone asked me yesterday if they can take a crop of alfalfa now. The quick answer is I prefer that you don’t. If you need the feed then you will need to take a cutting, but if there is not a strong need or another crop at your operation it is a lot easier on the stand to leave it alone after September 1st. When you take a late cutting now, you are forcing that plant to use more energy above ground instead of storing up reserves for winter. If you do take a cutting please be sure that your potassium levels are adequate to help build up energy for the upcoming 6 months. I ran into a grower that was still seeding alfalfa yesterday. In my opinion it is getting a little late, but he said the seed he planted a few weeks ago is just coming up so this new batch will not be far behind.

– Rob Shields, Agronomist

The sun is out! (For now…)

The sun finally made an appearance today, but it is hard to find dry areas to plant – lots of areas are still too wet. I was able to get into some fields in our western region, though, as our agronomy team worked hard to get things fertilized and planted before it rains again. Check out today’s photos below!

Jordan Olsen spreading urea near Bangor, WI.

Jordan Olsen spreading urea near Bangor, WI.

Jordan getting filled up with fertilizer, trying to get as much spread as possible before the next rain.

Jordan getting filled up with fertilizer, trying to get as much spread as possible before the next rain.

Planting corn for Mlsna Dairy.

Planting corn for Mlsna Dairy.

At Mlsna Dairy -- off the the field!

At Mlsna Dairy — off the the field!

Planting corn.

Planting corn.

– Rob Shields, Agronomist

And so it begins…

Excitement and dust are in the air as potatoes are finally going in! Everything this year seems to be very late compared to the fact that we were so far ahead by this point last spring due to the unseasonably warm weather we enjoyed last year. With such a polar opposite spring this year – with such cold weather – it seemed winter never wanted to end. General consensus is that last year we were 10 days ahead and this year appears to be about 7 days late. What a difference a year makes!

– Otto Oemig, Agronomist