Agronomy Updates

Growing Concern For Insect Pests

As the month of July progresses, we have seen high insect populations and encourage you to scout thoroughly for western bean cutworm and western corn rootworm. We are also in the thick of county fair season, we would like to wish our growers the best of luck. Western bean cutworm In Northern Indiana, Northern Ohio,…

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Foliar Diseases In Focus

The crop growth and development across our footprint remains inconsistent. There is some good looking corn and there are also a lot of thin stands, with disease and insect pressure. It is time to start monitoring all fields for potential issues with insects and foliar diseases. We address our main concerns in this week’s update,…

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Western Bean Cutworm Counts High

Environmental conditions are increasing insect pest and disease pressure among crops in our footprint. We are specifically concerned about western bean cutworm given last years’ damage and high counts this year. Western bean cutworm Pheromone trapping counts for western bean cutworm moths are unusually high, in the hundreds. We encourage you to scout if you…

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A Change In The Scouting Forecast

Growers across our region received much needed rain and a moderation in temperature. The change in growing conditions has shifted our scouting priorities. We are scouting for foliar diseases in addition to insect pests, and we have seen rapid growth syndrome in corn. Foliar diseases in corn We are specifically scouting for gray leaf spot…

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Managing Nutrient Deficiencies

Nutrient managementAs you are getting in the fields to side dress, take the time to thoroughly scout your fields, evaluate your nutrient management programs and consider changes to maximize nutrient use. Look for areas of the field showing poor growth, poor color, leaf striping, and other potential nutrient deficiency symptoms. Soil sampling, plant sampling and…

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Growing Season Pains

Now that planting and replant is finally coming to an end, we’re focusing on nutrient deficiencies, weed control and pests. Here’s what we are keeping an eye on. Nitrogen management Excessive rainfall in early planting season has caused growers to question how much nitrogen (N) was lost. Soil sampling and measuring the concentration of nitrate-…

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Making The Call: Replant

We have wide-ranging field conditions across the region in the first few days of June. Here is our advice to help you make the right decision for your fields. Replant Growers across our footprint are contemplating the hard decision to replant for both corn and soybeans. Replant is a field by field decision, and the…

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Decisions in Late Season Planting

Continued rain delays during the holiday weekend have growers hustling to get back into fields. As you continue to plant or replant, don’t forget to review your current crop plan and scout already emerged crops. Review your crop plan June 1 is our general rule of thumb when making the decision to switch to a…

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Stay The Course For Now

Rain is on the forecast across our footprint, which means growers will most likely be delayed on planting again. This has folks asking us about switching hybrids and switching from corn to beans. As of now, we recommend staying with your current crop plan. If you’re unable to get back into the fields until next…

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Replanting

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…

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