Soybean harvest under way

The soybean harvest has taken off in the area. I just talked with a grower west of Galesville and they are opening up some fields as we speak. He said they are definitely dry enough and to plan on soil sampling everything early next week. Fall is a great time to get all of your soil sampling completed. A few key things to remember about sampling this fall: sample the fields prior to any tillage, and before any manure, fertilizer, or lime is applied. This way you get an accurate sample. A corn field was also recently harvested up this way, the moisture ranged from 16% to 31% and test weights from 49 to 52.

– Rob Shields, Agronomist

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Pockets of soybean aphids found…

Soybean aphids found north of Galesville today.

Soybean aphids found north of Galesville today.

We were out scouting some soybean fields north of Galesville today and found some pockets of aphid pressure. Please remember to be checking your fields on a regular basis.

On a related note, here is a pop quiz for the day: Is the insect pictured below a friend or foe?

Lady beetle Larvae

Click to enlarge photo.

The answer? Friend! This little guy is actually the larval stage of the lady beetle. The lady beetle eats soybean aphids. Remember with the insects the stages are egg, larvae, pupa, and adult.

– Rob Shields, Agronomist

Insect activity found today…

Near Galesville today I found my first Western Bean Cutworm Egg Mass. The moth counts are very low this year. We put out 5 pheromone traps and have found very few this season. I also found a fair number of Corn Rootworm beetles feeding on the fresh silks today. Please keep a watchful eye on your corn fields during the critical pollination phase. The published threshold is “when silk clipping is occurring on 25% or more of the plants during pollen shed.” Also, if this field will be corn next year, it is best to plan your management strategy to combat this pest now due to the fact that they will be laying eggs now to attack next year’s corn crop. Please let us know if you have questions on any of these issues. Thank you.

– Rob Shields, Agronomist

Western bean cutworm egg masses.

Western bean cutworm egg masses.

Corn rootworm beetle feeding.

Corn rootworm beetle feeding.

Corn rootworm beetle feeding.

Corn rootworm beetle feeding.

Tissue Sampling Alfalfa Today in Galesville

With third crop well on its way, we are checking to see where the fertility levels are. This way if some crop nutrients are needed, we can add some in when we spray the alfalfa for potato leaf hoppers. Please let us know if we can assist you in managing this crop.

– Rob Shields, Agronomist

Alfalfa tissue sampling.

Alfalfa tissue sampling.

Tissue sampling in Galesville, WI.

Tissue sampling in Galesville, WI.

Stressed, stunted, and uneven corn found throughout our trade area…

Yesterday, I looked at some fields near our Melrose and Galesville locations and saw patterns of stressed, stunted, and uneven corn. These patterns have been seen all across our trade area, especially in medium to fine textured soils. It appears these patterns have shown up in our fields for a number of reasons. The primary culprit is the weather conditions we have gone through. The pounding rains have helped to compact these soils and reduce or eliminate the amount of oxygen present in the profile. Combine this with cool, cloudy and wet conditions and you can see the results. Areas of the field that have tighter soils from either the type of soil present or traffic patterns show the stunted symptoms much easier. If you can cultivate, that would help break up these tight soils and allow some air movement to occur. If cultivation is not an option, please try to reduce the stress on the plant wherever possible by keeping the field weed free (use a residual herbicide whenever possible); maintaining adequate fertility (confirm with tissue analysis); reducing the possibility of diseases (consider a foliar fungicide); and monitoring nematode pressure. Please let us know if you diagnose any issues you are seeing in your fields.

Stunted corn near Galesville.

Stunted corn near Galesville.

Stunted corn near Melrose.

Stunted corn near Melrose.

Stunted corn near Melrose.

Stunted corn near Melrose.

– Rob Shields, Agronomist

Crop Management Field Day sponsored by Allied Cooperative

Joe Lauer speaks at the Galesville UWEX event.

Joe Lauer speaks at the Galesville UWEX event.

This past Wednesday, June 12th, Allied Cooperative sponsored the Crop Management Field Day at the Ron Weltzein Farm, just south of Galesville, WI. UW specialists went over many important topics, such as insurance issues with prevent plant, selecting the right maturity for your corn, soybean considerations, herbicide issues, fertility management, and insect control options. In attendance from Allied Cooperative were local sales agronomist Nathan Ausen, agronomist Rob Shields, and intern O’Bryan Decker.

– 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