by Kelby Strand, Sales Agronomist - Fairfax 10/9/2017
The soybean yield reports in the Fairfax area have been above average with many of them in the 50’s and 60’s. Not much for reported corn yields, but from the looks of things it will be pretty good. With all of the recent rains there is some concern for shatter loss in the soybeans. While you can’t control the weather, you can be sure to set your combine properly. Slowing down harvest speed is a simple way to reduce shatter loss. Pay attention to soybeans on the ground and know that 2-4 beans/square foot is equivalent to 1 bu/ac yield loss. There is a light freeze forecasted for tonight but from what I’ve seen most of the beans should be far enough along to avoid yield damage. The corn still needs some good drying days to finish out, but the forecast looks somewhat favorable for that. As the soybeans come off winter wheat seeding will continue. If it gets much later consider increasing the seeding rate to account for reduced tillering potential. Enjoy your harvest and work safe!
By Bob Fanning, Sales Agronomist - Winner 10/6/2017
Until we began to receive significant rain in late July, the prospects of any respectable production from the full season crops were diminishing rapidly. With the exception of the crops that received hail damage, and corn fields that were pollinating before the rains fell and during extreme heat, the rebound in yield potential has been nothing short of remarkable. Many area growers have credited the combination of no-till farming practices and the advances in seed genetics for the crops that will be harvested across much of the region. Reports of early harvested soybeans in the 35-40 Bu/acre range and yield estimates for corn on either side of 100 Bu/acre would have been hard to believe back in mid-July. Several area growers have also commented that they can’t remember many years when the countryside has been as green as it is this year, and it is good to go into the fall and winter with soil moisture at the level it is.
By Dick Shaheen, Sales Agronomist - Winner 10/6/2017
Sileage cutting is completed. There was some superb and then some not so good, but after drought and hail, had to be cut both for feed and no corn. There have been minimal beans cut with no report yet as to how they are yielding. There appears to be beans ready to cut, however, due to rain the fields are wet. Where wheat has been planted, it seems to be doing well. There is still a lot of wheat to be planted waiting on harvest.
By Barry Wollman, Sales Agronomist - Freeman 10/5/2017
Harvest has started this past couple weeks with growers finishing cutting silage or high moisture corn. Some growers started to combine early corn as well as soybeans. The growers that started soybeans were very happy with yields they were getting which have been around 50-60 bushels per acre. As for as the corn yields I haven’t heard any yields so far. But with the recent moisture we got has put them to a halt. Freeman and Menno areas have close to 3 inches and more as you go east. Bridgewater and Alexandria had close to 2.5 inches and chances of more. Growers that wanted cover crops or winter wheat got their fields seeded before the rain which will help germination. Please watch out for harvest equipment out on the roads! Be Safe and Happy Harvesting!
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.
Anthony Mayer - Burke
Roger Cuka - Dante
Kelby Strand - Fairfax
Barry Wollman - Freeman, Menno, & Chancellor
Troy Hunhoff, Menno
Bob Fanning - Winner
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Dick Shaheen - Winner
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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