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

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Watch out for moths

Much of the corn across the area is emerging and some is already at V1 to V2. With the cool spring we have had we are seeing a lot of yellowing in the corn as it emerges. Due to the cold weather, insects have been slow to emerge and migrate in. Not many corn insects have been observed this week. We will be setting up our black light traps later this week to capture and monitor the levels of moths in the area. Key moths we watch out for are European corn borer, corn earworm, black cutworm, various armyworms, stalk borer, and hop vine borer. We monitor these moth counts to better focus our scouting operations on what pests are in the area at what times of the season. Watch out for frost damage later in the week as it is set to get almost to freezing on Thursday across much of our area. Many times the cold air can settle into low parts of the field and do damage.

– Otto Oemig, 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