Scouting Report - June 10, 2019

Jun 10, 2019

Scouting Report - June 10, 2019
Alfalfa – First cutting being taken throughout the area. New growth looking good so far.

Wheat – Seeing a lot of Fusarium Head Blight also know commonly as Head Scab. As we are moving into later growth stages, wheat cannot be treated but should be monitored for infection, especially on seed wheat fields. Infection can occur anytime from flowering through early dough stages as long as conditions are favorable. Infect seed, when plant, will show poor germination and slow emergence. Symptoms of infection includes bleaching of some or all of the spikelet while the head is still green and affected kernels will appear shrunken and discolored.  

Corn – Corn ranges anywhere from not planted to 6 leaf stage. Corn planted during the cool, wet weather may be showing symptoms of nutrition deficiencies. Unprotected Nitrogen may have leached below the root zone. While Nitrogen is usually the first thing to check, secondary or micronutrients may also be the cause of the discoloration.  Recent Nutrisolutions® Tissue Test Results are indicating a lack of Sulfur, Boron, and Magnesium while Nitrogen is adequate. This lack of Sulfur will affect the N:S Ratio, potentially throwing off the ability of the corn to utilize the Nitrogen properly. Tissue tests are an effective way to get a good idea of the true issues in your corn.

Soybeans – Soybeans being planted throughout the area. Earlier planted soybeans are looking pretty good. Starting to see some weeds pushing through the early PRE products. Understanding what variety of soybeans you have planted and what traits they include is crucial in making POST herbicide application decisions. Consider adding an additional residual product with the early POST applications to extend weed control beyond the initial burndown of present weeds.  

Milo – Some milo being planted at this time. Timing of PRE products is very important in milo. Many producers add burndown or fertilizer to the PRE products, so application before crop emergence is crucial. Plan ahead and communicate with the co-op or your applicator to be prepared to apply your herbicide as soon as possible as the field is planted.  

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