WARNING: WHITE MOLD FOUND in soybean fields!

We have found areas of white mold starting aggressively in area soybean fields. It is too late to use the herbicide Cobra®, but you could us a fungicide such as Domark®, at 5 oz. per acre, to help slow down the progression of this devastating disease. It is also recommended to add in 6.4 oz. per acre of MasterLock® (a new premix of Interlock® and Preference®) to aid in the dispersal of the fungicide on the soybean plants. Below are some photos to assist you in determining if you have any white mold in your fields. (Click photos to enlarge them.) Please let us know if you need any help scouting your fields.

– Rob Shields, Agronomist

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July Crop Update


Late blight has been found in a potato field west of Plainfield last Friday, 6/28. With late blight in the area it is important to step up your fungicide program by shortening intervals and using premium products. Be sure to be scouting shaded East borders as they remain wetter later in the day and are therefore at a higher risk of infection by late blight especially if you are spraying by air only. This week we are fighting 3rd and 4th instar Colorado potato beetle larvae who survived earlier insecticide applications especially on edges.


In corn, we are making sure that the fields are weed free and continue monitoring for foliar diseases and insects. Our black light trap moth counts have remained low for most corn insects. We are seeing quite a few rose chafer beetles in several fields in the area, yet we are not seeing much feeding from them at all but will continue to monitor them.


In soybeans, we are cleaning up weeds across most of the area this week and monitoring fields for early insects and disease.

– Otto Oemig, Agronomist

Headline® Fungicide On Alfalfa

Average total stem counts for sites treated with Headline were 31% higher than untreated sites.

Average total stem counts for sites treated with Headline® were 31% higher than untreated sites.

With the cold, wet spring and summer we are having, it is the perfect time to spray Headline® fungicide on your alfalfa. Headline is a fast acting, broad spectrum fungicide that delivers a high level of activity on more than 50 major diseases that can threaten yield and crop quality. We have seen tremendous yield increases over the past couple years using Headline; we also see higher quality feed as well.

Untreated plants vs. plants treated with Headline® fungicide.

Untreated plants vs. plants treated with Headline® fungicide.

Not only does Headline provide excellent disease control, it actually promotes improved plant health.

The unique chemistry of Headline enables more efficient nutrient uptake, more robust plant growth, and better stress tolerance to heat, hail, wind, and drought. Ultimately, this means healthier plants and higher yield potential.

Growers who have used Headline on their alfalfa report far less disease, more vigorous plant growth, higher stress tolerance, better standability, and, of course, higher yield — helping reduce losses and improve ROI.

044To be more efficient you can also run Ascend, Micros, and your insecticide for leafhoppers, Alfalfa weevils, etc., at the same time, greatly improving the health and yield of your high dollar alfalfa field.

To learn more about the benefits of using Headline fungicide on your alfalfa fields, call any of the Agronomy locations of Allied Cooperative and talk to one of our agronomists soon.

Thank you,

Izaak Rathke, Sales Manager

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

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.


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.


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.


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