Curious what’s happening throughout our territory? Members of our agronomy team weigh in below with what they’re seeing in fields so far this season.
Reese Benike Scouting Report
CHS Border States in Browns Valley
Our area has a lot of standing water! Corn is V7 or larger, and looking really good. Beans look fairly good in most areas. There are a few potential soybean nutrient deficiencies that will need to be investigated after things dry up a little bit.
Kalyn Henrichs Scouting Report
CHS Border States in Wilmot
In our area, we are currently finishing up spraying corn & beans and fungicide on spring wheat. There is currently a little bit of bug spraying on alfalfa. Overall, crops are looking good. These next couple of weeks, it’ll be time to start scouting for bugs and timing fungicides on wheat.
Jared Nordly Scouting Report
CHS Border States in Clinton
Wheat is progressing very well. We are starting to see some of the earlier planted fields heading out this week. With the early heat this year it has really pushed the wheat plants along quickly and because of this we are noticing much shorter stems on the plants. The cooler weather this week during heading will be very beneficial in the pollination process. With the recent wet weather and high humidity, we are finding a fair amount of leaf disease on the lower plant leaves already and highly recommending applying a fungicide to your wheat to protect the flag leaf and prevent scab. This should be applied within 48 hours of the start of flowering.
Corn is looking very good in most of our area. Even with later planting dates, growth is well ahead of last year. Most corn has had a post-emerge herbicide application and control seems to be very good thanks to good growing conditions. Given current crop condition and excellent growing conditions, if you are still considering side or top dressing some additional nitrogen, now is the time to get it done. Research shows that there is no benefit in waiting until after the V8 growth stage to apply additional nitrogen. Watch weather conditions for the need of future fungicide or insecticide treatments.
Pre-emerge herbicides appear to be working quite well in most cases. This always brings up the debate of how long I can wait before spraying soybeans. Even though you may only have a few weeds out there, we recommend getting them sprayed before the weeds that are there exceed 3-4 inches as they become much harder to control after they accede that size. We recommend tank mixing a residual herbicide with this early application to hold the next flush of weeds down until the soybeans can canopy to shade later flushes out. Soybeans develop by sunlight vs heat units like most other crops, and normally most soybeans will start to flower around that June 22nd date. This is another reason we recommend spraying early vs late because most herbicide labels do not recommend spraying after the soybean plant starts to flower.
Keep in mind the deadline in Minnesota for applying labeled dicamba products to Xtend soybeans is June 20th!
Scout now for Potato leafhoppers in your alfalfa.