Scouting Report - July 10, 2019

Jul 10, 2019

Scouting Report - July 10, 2019
Alfalfa – Alfalfa looks good throughout the area. Starting to see some pigweeds and other summer annual weeds in fields not treated with a residual this winter. Consider tissue testing to get an idea of nutrient levels in your alfalfa.

Wheat – Harvest is about 75% complete through the area. Another week of good weather and harvest will be winding down. Yield reports have been widely varied. Some areas were hit hard with Fusarium Head Scab and multiple hail events and suffered major losses, while other areas are reporting better than expected yields at or above averages for the area. Test weight is averaging right around 60 lbs.  Proteins are averaging around 12, which is milling quality.

Corn – Stages range from V5 to Tasseling. Seeing light disease pressure now. The environment (cooler than average and humid) is setting us up for a high disease pressure season. Key time for applying fungicides is from VT (Tassel Emergence) to R2 (Blister Kernel). Applying a long lasting preventative fungicide can protect your corn plant through the key reproductive stages.

Soybeans – Soybeans range from vegetative growth stages to R1 – Beginning Bloom. Just like corn, soybeans are at risk of some major disease pressure. We normally treat with fungicide around R3 – Beginning Pod Set. Again, the use of the long lasting preventative fungicide can go a long way to protecting your precious soybean leaves that are the powerplant for filling the pods.

Milo – Post emerge products are being applied on many milo fields. Fungicides on milo at heading when treating headworm infestations can help with standability and provide a yield bump.   

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.

Contact Cammie Vaupel – for more information on this program.


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