Wisconsin corn planting progress way ahead of last year!

According to the latest USDA Wisconsin Crop Progress & Condition report, we are at 85% planted vs. the five year average of 53%.  Last year we were only at 34% planted at this time of year.  To see the full crop progress report, please click on the following link.  

Wisconsin Crop Progress & Condition report 5-18-15

WBCW (western bean cutworm) Moth Found

Congratulations to our Intern from Galesville, Alissa Geske, for being the first one on our staff to fine a WBCW (western bean cutworm) moth this summer. Some of our hybrids, like the Smart Stax varieties, have protection against this pest. But a lot of our field corn and sweet corn varieties Western Bean Cutworm moth 7-18-14are still at risk. The best way to determine when this pest is in the area is with the pheromone traps, like the ones our interns are checking every week. Please click on the links below for reference materials to help you learn more about this destructive pest.

Western Bean Cutworm tech sheet

Moth ID guide A3855

If you need help determining if this pest is a problem on your farm please contact your local Agronomy Advisor at Allied Cooperative.  — Rob Shields, Agronomist

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

Stand assessment for wheat, fungicide on oats and some interesting data on corn production

It feels a little bit more like spring today. I talked to one farmer last week and he said the ground was still solid 8” down in the field by his house. It will be warmer today, then it sounds like cooler weather is expected the rest of the week.

It will soon be time to review your wheat stands, so I thought I would pass on this information from the University of Wisconsin to assist you in the process …… click here

There has been some talk on using fungicide on oats, check this article by the small grain team at the University of Wisconsin if oats is in your crop plan for 2014.….. click here

Finally, here is some interesting information from the University of Illinois on corn yields …… click here

Have a safe week!                  —  Rob Shields, Agronomist

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

Spotty Rains Over the Weekend

We got some more precipitation over the weekend, some areas saw some severe weather, especially south of us.  (I wish I could save these two inches of rain for the end of next July!) In talking with some customers and employees up in the Galesville area it looks like they had between 2/10 and 3/10 inches of rain.  At my place, Lyndon Station, I had 2.3 inches over the weekend. Looks like towards the end of the week we will start to freeze up the soil profile, lows on Saturday predicted to be in the teens.  When the combines start to roll again this week please give us a call to perform some yield checks.  Also before you do any tillage consider a soil sample. Have a safe week! — Rob Shields

Yield Results Surprise Grower Near Galesville

Last week we worked with Terry Haines to harvest his plot near Galesville (See photo of his plot below). He had 12 varieties, and before we started the plot Terry said that he was not too hopeful of seeing any great yields. This was due to the fact that the plot was planted late, in poor conditions, then it had a lot of erosion from frequent pounding rains. Once the plot was started we could see many areas with missing plants. But to our surprise we had 4 varieties that came in over 200 bushels! One of our Croplan varieties, 4099SS/RIB, came just over 207 bushels per acre. Great job Terry!

Please let any of us know in agronomy if you have any yield checks, side by sides or plots that we can help you check in the upcoming weeks. Please have a safe fall harvest! — Rob Shields

Terry Haines plot, Galesville 11-15-16  #1

Last call for fall soil sampling…..

Soil Sampling at John Tracey's 11-8-13With the forecast calling for colder temperatures this week it reminds us that before too long we will not be able to soil sample.  Once frost extends down into the soil profile, sampling becomes difficult.  If you are looking to find out where the pH or soil fertility is at in your fields, please call Allied Cooperative now to schedule soil sampling at your operation.  By sampling now it will help you determine what amounts of lime are needed in your fields to maintain the proper pH.  Also you will discover where your soil test P (phosphorous) and K (potassium) levels are at.

Rob Shields

Cold & Wet weather slows fall NH3 application

Fall NH3 #1Over the last two weeks we have seen a lot of Fall Anhydrous Ammonia knifed in with N-Serve. On medium to heavy soils this is a nice way to ease the work load during the spring rush for many producers. However the 1.3″ of rain we received over the last 4 to 5 days and the cold temperatures rolling in (16 degrees predicted for tonight) have all but stopped the fall applications of NH3 or 82-0-0.  I hope they changed the extended forecast to allow for some more fall field work and application. 

I often get asked how long does the N-Serve protect my NH3 in the soil, and the truth is there is no standard answer.  A lot of it has to do with soil temperature.  I attached a quote from Dow Agrosciences to help with this question. Please stay safe out there this fall!                — Rob Shields


Q. How long does N-Serve protect nitrogen (N) at the root zone?

A. Historically, N-Serve applied in the fall has provided approximately 90 days of effectiveness, with that effectiveness declining over time. N-Serve is designed to slow the conversion of anhydrous ammonia into the nitrate form when soil temperatures rise above 40°F. This soil temperature is significant because the soil bacteria that break down anhydrous ammonia into nitrates become active at this temperature. If soil temperatures are below 40°F, the soil bacteria become inactive and the anhydrous ammonia is not converted into nitrates.

If you’ve applied anhydrous ammonia with N-Serve in the fall, simple counting can help you determine roughly how long N-Serve will protect your N the following spring. Just count the number of days from application until the soil temperature reaches 40°F and then stop counting. Start counting days again when the soil warms back up to 40°F.

Outstanding yields at Galesville Plot today near Ettrick

Today our Agronomy Director to the West, Keith Ronning, worked with our Croplan and DeKalb reps to harvest a large plot just outside Ettrick, WI.  They found yields in excess of 220 bushels!  With the top yield going to DKC52-30 with 223 bushels.  Planted in less than ideal conditions and no rain for almost 2 months it’s hard to believe we can find areas with these kinds of yields. Stay in touch with your local Allied Agronomists to learn about this and many other informative plots in your area.  Have a safe and productive harvest!

–Rob Shields, Agronomist