July 2019 Key Discussion Points

Jul 01, 2019

July 2019 Key Discussion Points
R7 Imagery - Now is the perfect time to utilize R7® Imagery from Winfield United®.  Your agronomist can show you the In-Season Images for each of your fields. These can be used to locate and distinguish mudholes versus harvestable acres, which can be helpful in discussions with your insurance provider. Imagery can also highlight areas of stress including high weed pressure, disease infection, or insect infestations (defoliation). These areas can be pinned and used as a tool when scouting to locate the immediate yield limiting issues in the field.

Max-In for Beans®- As we start to get some warmer days, our soybeans are really starting to take off growing. With the change in growing conditions, we are starting to see more Iron Chlorosis and other micronutrient deficiencies showing up in the soybeans. Now is a perfect time to pull tissue tests on soybean to determine what your field may be lacking this season. Max-In for Beans® is a micronutrient product package containing Boron, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, and Zinc. Max-In® is formulated for foliar application and can be applied with a fungicide or most insecticide applications (always perform a jar test for compatibility).  Agronomists are finding increasing levels of thistle caterpillar in soybeans currently.

Spider Mites on Corn - Hot, windy summer weather creates perfect conditions for spider mites in corn. Start scouting by checking the underside and vein areas of lower leaves. Miticide products such as Oberon SC® can typically be applied with a fungicide application. Products can also be applied via chemigation if you have the correct pump. Threshold levels are typically determined by a comparison of infestation to the yield potential of the crop, and the presence of beneficial insects also plays a role in determining if treatment is necessary.

Soil Testing for Fall Wheat – As wheat fields are harvested and summer fallow is determined, now is the perfect time to turn in your soil sampling acres. Tests can be pulled through the summer and ready for you and your agronomist to create a plan for Fall Wheat drilling.

Fungicide and Insecticide in Grain Sorghum – Although we are a few weeks from most of the grain sorghum in the area reaching boot or heading stage, it never hurts to think ahead. Local research conducted by Great Bend Co-op showed as much as a 6-8 average bushel increase when adding a fungicide when treating for sorghum headworm. But, even more importantly, the fields treated with fungicide stood better through the season and increased harvestability. Click Here to find more information on treating with fungicide.

Kansas NRCS Announces Funding to Plant Cover Crops on Flooded Cropland Acreage – Salina, Kansas - June 27, 2019—USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering a special Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) sign-up for farmers in Governor-declared counties in Kansas who could not plant their crops because of flooded or wet fields.  This sign-up provides technical and financial assistance to help farmers plant cover crops, an alternative to letting fields go fallow and uncovered.  The deadline to apply is July 26, 2019.
Excessive moisture and flooding in 2019 have prevented or delayed planting on many farms across the country.  Many producers are unable to plant crops by a final planting date or have experienced significant delays in planting.
Contact Cammie Vaupel – cvaupel@gbcoop.com for more information on this program.

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