Keep An Eye On Late Planted Crops

We are still seeing the effects of the wet spring that resulted in the long planting season. Across the territories of our footprint we see corn and soybeans at different growth stages due to the long planting season. Here’s what we’re looking at in corn and soybeans across these territories.

Corn

We are checking for ear molds at the late dent stage in corn. Visit five points throughout the field and pull the husks back on ear samples. Examine the entire ear and call to aid in diagnosis. We have seen some sightings of diplodia, but nothing too severe at this point.

We’re also doing pinch and push tests in corn and checking for stalk integrity. Push on stalks to see whether they will collapse or bend and pinch the lower stalk internodes to see whether they collapse easily between your fingers. Stalks can be weakened and compromised by late-season nitrogen loss and drought stress.

Soybeans

Late-August rains have been beneficial for late-planted soybeans. These late-planted soybeans can be susceptible to insect feeding. We are currently between generations of bean leaf beetles, so although damage may not be obvious now, keep an eye out for feeding. We have seen and heard of some soybean aphid feeding. The economic threshold for soybean aphids is very high, so treatment is typically not needed. 

Local Field Days

Contact us or your local Brodbeck representative to learn about field days close to you. See first-hand how our products will perform in your area and learn more about the agronomic studies we have conducted over the summer.

Terry, Dan, Rod and Denny