As we’ve gotten out to walk fields this week and assess the damage from the heavy rains and cold weather we received, we’re seeing a lot of fields that will need replanted and many that already have been replanted.

In fields where corn is emerging, we’re encouraging folks to keep a close eye on stands and seedling health. Dig up plants that have emerged and assess the health and condition of the roots, seed and mesocotyl (underground stem). We have seen some seedling blight issues in the last two days while doing this. Look to see if the mesocotyl is white and firm or if it is brown and mushy. Do not count diseased plants when you do plant stand counts to determine the need to replant or not.

The decision to replant is a hard one and includes many variable factors and emotions. In situations where growers are on the fence whether to replant, we recommend to finish planting corn and perhaps even start and finish planting beans before making the decision to tear up a field for a replant.

As we acquire more GDDs, we’re also looking out for insect pets. We’ve seen high numbers of Asiatic garden beetle in the sandy soils of southern Michigan, and northern Indiana and Ohio; as well as black cutworm, true armyworm and bean leaf beetles across our entire footprint. These pests will feed on recently emerged corn or beans.

What to scout for in wheat

In wheat, we’re looking for cereal leaf beetle and true armyworm feeding. For growers in the northern part of our footprint where wheat is very near the crop growth stage of first anthesis, or Feekes 10.5.1, use the Penn State University head scab model to help predict the risk of this disease in your area. Apply a fungicide for head scab if you are in an area of moderate to high risk. 

Get home safely

Everyone is rushing around to get fields planted in a hurry and make up for lost time. Try to slow down and take your time. We’re all prone to cut corners when we’re in a rush, which can lead to accidents. The most important part of every busy season is getting home safely.

Stay safe and give us a call with any questions,

Terry, Dan, Rod and Denny