by Barry Wollman, Sales Agronomist - Freeman 8/22/2017
We all were waiting for rain and now we have it. The Freeman/Menno had 1-3 inches of rain and some places that had hail with severe crop damage. Most of the damage I have seen is between Menno and Freeman. Corn damage areas have stripped leaves and knocked over plants from the wind. Besides being cupped from spraying issues beans are tore up and stripped of leaves plus lots of pods on the ground between the rows. Tea/Chancellor areas about the same of rain but no hail reported that I know of and the Bridgewater/Emery/Alexandria area had .03-.75 inches of rain. The crops that didn’t get any damage look good and with this moisture fill out nicely. The pasture/alfalfa fields should also green back up for our cattle producers.
by Anthony Mayer, Sales Agronomist - Burke 8/16/2017
We have been getting a lot of questions on yield estimates here is a link for estimating soybeans yields I feel would be helpful for producers.
by Kelby Strand, Sales Agronomist - Fairfax 8/16/2017
A cool and wet beginning of August has led to some optimism in the corn and soybean yield forecasts. The rains continue to be somewhat variable, but everyone is catching their fair share now. The cool weather has helped reduce stress on the corn and soybeans while they fill out kernels and pods. The forecast shows it warming up some to finish off the month which will help push the corn along to maturity. There have been more and more soybean fields showing the cupped leaves that may signal dicamba injury. Every instance is different, and it is very difficult to predict yield loss. But, higher doses, multiple exposures to dicamba, drought stress, and injury that occurs during flowering are several factors that can lead to increased yield loss. The recent rains will help, but the damage may have already been done. Non dicamba tolerant soybeans are very susceptible to dicamba injury and even rates as low as .0015 fl oz/ac can lead to injury symptoms. The 2017 corn and soybean crop is shaping up to be average to above average and we are very fortunate the rains started when they did.
by Kelby Strand, Sales Agronomist - Fairfax 7/27/2017
Small grain harvest has pretty much wrapped up around Fairfax and yields were average for the most part. The hot dry finish was tough on things. Alfalfa yields have been low this year where moisture was short, but with recent rains there should be another cutting. The corn and soybeans have fairly good potential and above average potential in places where rains have been timely, but the hot, dry weather has led to pollination issues in spots in the corn. This year I have found several infestations of a new weed to this area, palmer amaranth. It is a relative of waterhemp and pigweed, but is much more competitive. Under the right conditions it can grow up to 3 inches in a day. One of the problems with it is that it looks very similar to redroot pigweed and they can be tough to tell apart. One potential warning sign is if there are patches of pigweed that did not die after being sprayed. If you suspect you have palmer on your farm please call me at 605-830-0266. They have been dealing with it in the south for several years and it can get pretty nasty. I am optimistic on the potential for a good crop if we can continue to have rain through the finish of the growing season.
by Anthony Mayer, Sales Agronomist - Burke 7/26/2017
There has been a lot of hail around the Burke area and I have had a lot of questions on it. The attached bulletin from Winfield Solutions is a great resource which has charts to help access the damage to corn and soybeans.
by Troy Hunhoff, Sales Agronomist - Menno 7/26/2017
Crops around the Menno area are still looking pretty good. Over the past week, we have received around 1.2” of moisture. Almost all of the corn has tasseled and has begun pollination with the exception of later planted fields or fields that have been under stress which are a few days to a week from tassel depending on the area. I have been seeing some corn rootworm beetles in corn all around the area. They have been mostly Northerns with a few Southerns. Disease wise, things have been looking pretty good. I have been finding some Eyespot and Holcus Leaf Spot along with Common Smut. Most of the soybean fields are in their flowering stage and will begin to set pods in the upcoming weeks. I have been finding aphids in fields South of Scotland and West of Irene but none in the Menno area as of yet. Their numbers are still well below threshold so no immediate action needs to be taken. I also have been finding a good number of thistle caterpillars in a few soybean fields. Determining threshold for them depends more on percent defoliation, cost of treatment, and cost of the crop rather than a set number like that of aphids, which is typically 250/plant. I have not seen much for disease in the soybeans, yet. There has been some iron deficiencies and dicamba injuries, due to volatilization, found in the area.
by Brent Boettcher, Manager/Sales Agronomist - Wagner 7/26/2017
Recent rains will help both the corn and soybeans in the Wagner/Dante area, although some areas south of town, especially, have already been hurt by the hot, dry weather. Most of the corn has tasseled and is pollinated or is pollinating. The soybeans have bloomed out and will start to set pods within the next two weeks or so. The wheat harvest was very good overall. Some pockets were better than others, but for the most part, yields were good. The protein varied greatly. There will almost undoubtedly be more wheat planted in the area next year.
by Barry Wollman, Sales Agronomist - East Region 7/24/2017
Things still look good around the Freeman area for the most part but this past week temperatures did stress some corn on sandy/clay soils. Most of the corn is tasseled out with some stress but we could use some moisture to help fill out the ears. It just seems like we are missing some little showers or some dewy morning that could help when the temperature reach over 95 degrees. Chancellor/Tea got some moisture this past week with one grower telling me he got .80 by Chancellor. North of Bridgewater received 1 inch to 1.60 and the south of Bridgewater got .50 so things are looking better. The Alexandria area still looking tough and just seems to miss out on most of the rain that passes by.
Soybeans have really taken off and are starting to canopy which most of them flowering or from R1-R3 stage of growth. Waterhemp continues to be the biggest issue around here. The Bridgewater area has some dicamba complaints with cupping beans. We are still spraying a few fields that were planted late. I found some aphids in fields but not enough to spray. Overall, our area has been pretty fortunate all year with the moisture we received compared to other areas.
Anthony Mayer - Burke
Roger Cuka - Dante
Kelby Strand - Fairfax
Barry Wollman - Freeman, Menno, & Chancellor
Troy Hunhoff, Menno
Bob Fanning - Winner
Office: 605-842-1582, 1-888-325-3378
Dick Shaheen - Winner
Office: 605-842-1582, 1888-325-3378
Brandon Goette - VRT Specialist
Troy Soukup, Lead Agronomist/Wagner
Tim Warnke – South Central Region Manager
Brad Letcher – East Region Manager
Joe Tvrdy - Vice President of Agronomy