Scouting Report - May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

Scouting Report - May 26, 2020
Weekly Scouting Report -
May 26, 2020
Alfalfa – Alfalfa is in bloom throughout the area. Some first cutting alfalfa was down before this weekend’s rain. Fall planted alfalfa can be harvested at first bloom or when regrowth can be found at the crown. Spring planted alfalfa should be left until at least mid-bloom to allow some root reserves to build before taking the cutting. Tissue samples can be pulled after 5” regrowth and may identify some unknown micronutrient deficiencies.

Wheat – Wheat is flowering throughout the area. The wheat affected by the late freeze seems to be recovering pretty well. Fungicides were applied to many fields in the last 10 days to help with plant health and protect against rust infestations. Hail caused some light damage in the Hudson area over the weekend.   

Corn –Some earlier planted corn is showing some Iron Chlorosis due to cool, damp conditions. Corn growth stages range from Emergence to 5 leaf.  Weeds are beginning to emerge and producers should be applying their second shot of residual herbicide. Recent rains may cause some nutrient losses, consider early season tissue sampling.  

Soybeans –Soybean stages range from Emergence to V1 – First trifoliate completely uncurled. Be sure to take stand counts as early as possible to identify whether replanting is necessary. Weed control is looking good on fields that were able to be sprayed before emergence. Rain delays in spraying have caused alternative herbicide plans to be made.

Burndown Treatments – With recent rains, fallow or open ground is starting to green up. Starting to see a lot of crabgrass and a few pigweeds emerging. Weed control is most effective when weeds are 4” or smaller, so monitor these acres closely and plan to treat accordingly. Marestail in the area is starting to bolt, or grow up from the center. At this stage, marestail becomes increasingly harder to control.

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