Agronomy Updates

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…

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Don’t Stop Walking Fields

We are in field day season, which means harvest will be here before we know it. Continue to walk your fields to avoid any surprises at harvest. We are happy to walk fields with you to address any “last minute” diseases and/or insect pests. Disease pressure to watch Southern rust continues to be a concern…

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Mid-Season Scouting

Last week we saw a decrease in daily temperatures and an increase in insect pests. There’s a range of foliar diseases and insect pests we’re scouting for this week and, we’re going to try to cover them all in this week’s agronomy update. Southern rust With confirmation in almost all counties south of I-70 in…

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Southern Rust Confirmed North

Southern rust has been confirmed in several counties across our footprint. The disease has migrated north earlier than usual and is alarming because of the number of late planted corn acres. Early detection of foliar diseases and properly timed fungicide applications can stop disease development and be economically beneficial.  Southern rust of cornSouthern rust has small,…

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Foliar Diseases Warranting Fungicide Applications

The warm, wet conditions we have experienced over the last week are increasing disease pressure. If you have not applied a fungicide, you might be questioning whether or not to make an application. Agronomic returns from foliar fungicide applications can vary depending on the hybrid, application timing, disease pressure and weather. Corn foliar diseases We…

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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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