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Managing Alfalfa - High Nutrient Demand, and a Valuable Crop in 2017

 
Profitable forage production depends on high yields. Most of the state has fully completed the first alfalfa cutting for the season, and regrowth is taking off. Of course, there continues to be a lot of discussion on the lack of rainfall over much of the region. Alfalfa can
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Spring 2017- Where Have all the Nutrient$ Gone? Or Are They $till There?

OK- so you probably get it from the title- This blog has something to do with nutrient availability and the investment we all make when growing crops each season. Specifically, I want to reference the crop nutrition that we spent much of the winter talking about and the early spring carefully
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Managing Herbicide Applications in Dicamba Tolerant Soybeans

Dicamba tolerant (DT) soybeans bring a new management tool to the table for growers. The new system brings new, specific herbicides, but also brings new application requirements that must be followed. Field experience has guided the development of Best Management Practices for dicamba application.
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Crop Staging and Corn Post-Emergence Herbicides

Corn emergence across the Wheat Growers territory has been uneven due to variable environmental conditions. Excellent post-emergence corn herbicide options for growers can be an effective part of a weed management strategy. Crop staging is critical in effectively managing this application.
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Nitrogen Management Strategies in a Dry Season

Below is a cumulative precipitation total for a field enrolled in Winfield’s R7 tool.  This graph points out a pretty obvious observation throughout the area - we have not received much rain through this spring season.

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Pesticide Mixing Order Recommendations

Herbicide tank mixes are the standard application method used in today’s production agriculture. Rarely is a product applied by itself with simply water as a carrier. To be effective, all herbicides and additives to a spray solution must be thoroughly mixed and dissolved to form a
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Effective Weed Burndown for Soybean with Gramoxone

Gramoxone Herbicide can be an effective burndown herbicide for soybean. Gramoxone (paraquat) non-selective, with zero residual, and zero pre-plant interval. Gramoxone pricing has been reduced significantly, making it an economical choice and effective choice, when handled and applied correctly.
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Early-Planted Corn & Cold Weather Risks

The forecast for the week beginning April 24, 2017 certainly looks to a continuation of the below normal temperatures. One question is whether corn planting should continue or whether we are better off holding off now for a few days. Chilling injury to corn should be considered and corn monitored.
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A Little Bit of Chemistry - Starter Fertilizers and Chelated Micronutrients

I have had a few discussions recently about starter fertilizers and micronutrients in starter fertilizer blends. Starter fertilizers are a key aspect in getting crops off to a rapid, uniform, aggressive start to the season. I hope that on-farm deliveries of solid starter fertilizer programs-
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Liquid Starter Fertilizers- A Key To Get Corn (and Soy) Off And Running!

For corn and soybean growers, one key decision each season is about the use of a starter fertilizer. Why Starters? It’s simple, just like the name: Get your plants off to a good start by providing an immediate source of fertilizer. The goal is straight forward - providing immediate
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Weeds And The Lessons Learned In 2016

Here we are in later January 2017 and realizing that with good conditions, planting could be something like a little over three months away potentially! I look out at the snow-covered fields around eastern South Dakota, and I can't help but notice that there are a few things still poking
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Jumper Starter Fertilizer- A Unique, Newer Starter Fertilizer

As we enter into 2017, the first few weeks of the year continue to be busy ones for growers. After seed selection largely wraps up, often one of the next decisions is looking at finalizing a fertility program for the upcoming crop. For corn and soybean growers, one decision to consider is
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Is your crop's plate full? And maybe even a data card?

As we approach the upcoming holiday weekend, I'm reminded that we do have a lot to be thankful for in our industry. The opportunity to daily work towards producing tremendous crops and high-quality produce to feed the hungry world is an awe-inspiring thing.

As we approach and
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Keep An Eye On Winter Wheat

With the absolutely stunning warm temperatures here in November come some interesting issues from the agronomy side. One of these was just relayed to me by an agronomist at our Chamberlain location. Winter wheat, but also winter wheat pests are still actively growing out in the fields and may
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Corn Harvest & Stalk Rots- Is There a Hidden Loss Looming In Your Fields?

I have been driving all across the Wheat Growers territory in the recent weeks, and as corn is drying down toward harvest, many fields look, well, a little UGLY to me. The corn in some areas looks good, but in others, it is simply not drying with the nice, light tan, almost bleached
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Variety Selection and Early Seed Planning for 2017

Fairly soon, we will be entering the time of the year to look ahead to 2017 and begin making variety selections for the upcoming growing season. As I have mention in previous blogs, take some time late in the is growing season to critically review your current variety selections for both corn
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A Late Season Crop Tour and Variety Selection- Right Around the Corner

As we approach the last 60 or so days of the growing season here in the Dakotas, the time comes around to be thinking about 2017 and the crop varieties planned for the upcoming growing season. Now is a great time to be taking one more thorough pre-harvest evaluation of your current crops.
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We Are In The Last 60 Days… For Soybeans, That Is...

Hard to believe, but we are in the last 60 days of the growing season for soybeans across most of the Wheat Growers territory. There are some absolutely terrific looking soybeans out there, but there are also a lot of soybeans that had their struggles this year- from wet fields early and
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Is Your Crop’s “Fuel Tank” Full?

Our crops are in the ground and up in most of the Wheat Growers area, and let me say that the corn that is up and growing in the central and northern areas of the territory look absolutely fantastic! Soybeans are just up and looking great as well. Wheat continues to look excellent. WE HAVE A
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Stripe Rust Still Active in Winter Wheat

Stripe rust is still present and very active in winter wheat, even what was treated a month ago.

I heard from Bayer CropScience of multiple reports of stripe rust in winter wheat in South Dakota. Unfortunately this rust was on on wheat that had been previously treated with a
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Keep An Eye On Winter Wheat - Aphids and Rust

Our Wheat Growers agronomists in the Wolsey and Huron areas have been reporting aphid populations in winter wheat this spring. Aphids can be damaging in wheat from direct feeding, but certain aphids can also vector the Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYDV). BYDV and aphids are often
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Stripe Rust in Wheat

As we approach time for a herbice application also make sure to monitor for rust. This is a picture I took today of stripe rust in a winter wheat field in Hand County. Seeing rust this early in the season makes a fungicide application a must. Strobilurin fungicides are very effective. Yield
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White Mold Management- Heads Up Seed Treatment

As we approach the main seed treatment time of the year, I wanted to send a reminder about a product that we looked at last year, with some success.  Heads Up seed treatment is a seed-applied plant protectant that causes a Systemic acquired Resistance (SAR) reaction in soybeans, with
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Early Season Diseases

Spring has certainly looked like it has sprung! As we continue to warm up, new growth on winter wheat and spring wheat planting are not far away! I have been reading the cereal rust reports published by USDA, and it really sounds like there is a high potential for rust infections this
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Liberty Done Right - Making The System WORK

I have seen around the company, especially in the northern areas, that there is some growing interest in Liberty Link soybeans. Liberty Link soybeans, with tolerance to glufosinate (Liberty Herbicide from Bayer), can be a solid program and a good alternative to Roundup Ready soybeans. Current
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Setting Yield Records

South Dakota Wheat Grower Patrons:

Congratulations! South Dakota set an all time record high in average corn yield per acre in 2015 at 159 bushels per acre! Average bean yields were also a record at 46 bushels per acre. As you know, most of you in eastern South Dakota had your own
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What’s The Deal with Glyphosate? Being Sure To Look At “Apples to Apples”

I have heard some of our agronomists and staff talking a lot about different glyphosate offerings for 2016. It seems that every generic supplier out there has their version of glyphosate to sell. There are different “types” of glyphosate on the market- different salts of the
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Fall Residuals - Too Late?

As we wrap up harvest and continue to apply fertilizer, a few questions have been received about whether we are entirely too late in the season to apply fall pre-emergence herbicides for the upcoming soybean season. The short answer is that agronomically- NO, we still have time. The issue may
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Soybean Aphids at the 250 Aphid Threshold

I have received several calls recently about whether soybean aphids should be treated or not. The question often revolves around whether we will still see an economic benefit to treatment after soybeans are in something like the R3 growth stage. The short answer is yes there is value in
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Northern Corn Leaf Blight

Below is a link to an excellent article on Northern Corn Leaf Blight. This disease, along with Gray Leaf Spot, is a disease of concern in Iowa. It has been a resurging disease in recent years, and is a disease to keep an eye out for. I am not aware of issues in our northern area corn, but it
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Yellow Corn - Rapid Growth Syndrome

I have received several calls on this in the past couple days. We are seeing a lot of fields around the country with random pale green to yellow plants scattered across the field. Of course we could think of micronutrients, but those generally show a show as striped corn leaves or portions of
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OATS - Does it Need a Fungicide as Well?

OATS - Does it Need a Fungicide as Well?
Yes, it can. Oats gets a “leaf” rust, called crown rust. Crown rust runs its life cycle between oats and the buckthorn shrub. Buckthorn in the area is absolutely yellow/orange right now with pustules of crown rust.
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Wheat Scab Fungicides

To Spray or Not:
This is a no-brainer- ABSUOLUTELY SPRAY! We are relatively wet and humid, and with the warm weather upcoming, a scab fungicide is absolutely needed and will ACROSS THE BOARD pay for itself- both in yield, Fusarium damaged kernels and in vomitoxin
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Improper Downforce and Planting Depth

Maintaining a planter and making sure you have proper downforce is essential to placing seeds at the proper depth.
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Snow and Emerging Crops

Wow! What a crazy weekend of weather- great rainfall, but did it really have to snow? And also do keep the folks in the Delmont area in our thoughts.

To the business for the day, I have had several calls and notes today concerned with the effects of snow on emerged wheat and other
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Keep An Eye On Winter Wheat For Stripe Rust

I have seen some reports that stripe rust is showing up on unsprayed winter wheat along the Nebraska-Kansas border. Still a long ways south and in a wetter area than us, but take note. Southerly winds can bring rust spores from Nebraska & Kansas north to us. Stripe rust likes the cool
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USDA Reminds Farmers to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1 Deadline

USDA Reminds Farmers to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1 Deadline

USDA Office of Communications sent this bulletin at 04/16/2015 03:00 PM EDT

Release No. 0099.15
Contact: Office of Communications (202)720-4623


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Emerging Wheat and Frost Damage

I have gotten a couple calls this morning on evaluating wheat and maybe other small grains that were emerging with the frost damage last night. Although we were very cold last night, I want everyone to use caution in making quick assessments as to how damaged small grains were. Here are some
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Crystallization of liquid fertilizers

Just a quick reminder about liquid fertilizers sitting out in planters or tenders. With the cold temperatures, we could see some crystallization of some of the liquid fertilizer products. Nucleus O-Phos, the 100% orthophosphate fertilizer from Helena, for example, will start to form crystals
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Fall Applied Kochia Control

It is very easy to already see the kochia control of fall applied herbicides. In this field sprayed last fall you can see kochia growing on the left of the picture while nothing is coming on the right side that was sprayed.

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Managing Winter Wheat

Winter wheat across the area really varies on how it is doing. Wheat that was planted into ground with good ground cover and adequate moisture last fall is in decent shape. Wheat that was planted into drier soils and bare ground over the winter is not looking as good. The wheat that had good
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Early Spring = Early Weeds

This is a photo I took earlier this week. I had to do a little bit of searching to find this kochia off and growing. This was in an area that would have a much warmer soil temperature than in normal field right now. It is a reminder that weed management will have to have to get started earlier
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Planter Section Control

Make sure your planter section control is set up properly to avoid unnecessary skips and overlaps.
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Spring Planter Preparation

Spring is right around the corner. Is your planter ready?
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Fall Residuals - Not Too Late!

Now is not too late for growers to apply herbicide treatments to your fields to control weeds and help ensure a good start for spring planting! Fall residuals target early weeds next spring and can help speed warmup at planting. In addition, burndown targeting perennials, like thistles and
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Check Your Winter Wheat Fields - Aphids Are Lurking

I received a note yesterday about aphids appearing in winter wheat fields in the southern Wheat Growers territory. I also saw a report from SDSU about the subject. With the warm fall conditions creating fairly lush top growth on winter wheat stands, it is imperative that you go take a good
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Soybean Harvest Trends

Here are just a few things I have noticed so far during fall soybean harvest.
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Save The Date for the Drainage Research Forum

November 18, 2014
Iowa State University Alumni Center
420 Beach Ave, Ames, Iowa 50014

Anyone who is interested in agricultural drainage
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White Mold in Soybeans

We have heard about a lot of white mold in the soybean crop this year. The cool, wet, long dew period weather we have seen recently really favors the development of this disease. There is really nothing we can do about it right now, but please keep record of where the disease occurred, for
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Frost Damage to Soybeans

The cold snap over late last week and the weekend has raised questions on damage to soybean crops across the region. The effect of frost on the soybean crop depends upon the growth stage of the soybean plants. Frost-damaged soybeans are generally considered salvageable as long as the plants
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Late Season Corn Health

This is a fun time of the year when you can go into your corn fields and start to evaluate what to expect when the combine arrives.
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Wheat Stubble Management

With small grain harvest rolling along and getting completed make plans to manage your wheat stubble.
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White Mold

Looking ahead a little, R1 soybeans are not that far away in some of the area. I know that additional inputs on soybean are hard to think about right now, given the already increased cost of herbicide programs for the year. However, the continued wet weather and the cooler temps we are seeing,
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Enhanze Starter Fertilizer - Field Results

To say the results are striking is maybe an understatement! The results are consistent and positive. To date, the product flat out performs at or above what we had hoped it would. We are seeing large, well-developed root systems and sturdy, healthy plants.
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Early Season Fungicides and Micronutrients

Do you have good corn out there? Or even stressed corn? Now is the time to be thinking about protecting that crop and making sure that it is setting maximum ear size. Early season fungicides and micronutrients are excellent choices to be thinking about right now.
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Frost Effects on Alfalfa

Frost damage should not be lethal to alfalfa.  Alfalfa, if established at all, has a lot of growing points, and even if the primary bud is damaged, the secondary buds will take over and resume growth. There is some delay in growth expected as the plants recover and first cutting yield may
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Pre-Emergence Herbicides

Ready… Set… GO!! The planting season is upon us! I know that we are all getting very busy with fertilizer and herbicide applications. I can't emphasize enough the need for early season weed control- pre-plant, pre-emergence or early post-emergence.
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Rotation Restrictions

One topic to consider when making your weed control plans is the rotation restrictions of herbicides. Not only do you want to verify that it is safe to plant this year’s intended crop, but plan ahead for your rotation and make sure residual herbicides don't keep you from a desired
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2014 Drainage & Water Management Workshops

The SDSU, NDSU, and University of Minnesota Extension services will be hosting another series of drainage design and water management workshops in 2014.

Registration is now available at the link provided below, with four 2-day workshops to choose from (see list below). The early
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Selecting Seed

Making seed selections for the next growing season can be challenging. Sorting through new varieties and traits can seem like a daunting task with how fast the choices can change. Narrow the focus of products to what is required for each field to make things easier. Previous crop, soil type,
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Fall Residual Herbicides - Not too late, actually just right!

Lately, a common question has been raised - Is it too late to spray a fall-applied residual herbicide ahead of soybeans (or corn for that matter)? The answer is that now is still a PERFECT TIME to spray, if you can. The ideal soil temperatures to spray fall residuals are below 50 F and
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Late Season Phytophthora in Soybeans

I have looked at several fields recently that have started to show late season symptoms of Phytophthora root rot. Early Phytophthora causes a seed decay before emergence or a damping off symptom at emergence or slightly after. However late season Phytophthora root rot often shows up at early
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Corn Diseases and Control

I have recently looked at many corn fields and in general, they look really good! I have started to see a little common corn rust across the region. Although I have not found other foliar fungal diseases, like Eyespot, Gray Leaf Spot, Northern Corn Leaf Blight or Northern Corn Leaf Spot, these
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Corn Fungicides - Protecting the great crop out there!

The 2013 crop production season seems to have been a whirlwind of activity- from late and compressed planting to the various weather events we have experienced. In spite of uneven crop growth, driving around the regions recently, there are a lot of REALLY GOOD fields out there! There is
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Harvest Aid Herbicide Applications In Wheat

I have received several questions recently about pre harvest burn down in wheat. I hear kochia is the main weed issue, but others are scattered throughout. There are a few herbicides registered for burn down in wheat, namely Aim, Ally, various glyphosate herbicides, various 2,4-D amine and
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Yield Contest Deadlines Fast Approaching!

NCGA Yield Contest Deadline July 12th!
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Stripe Rust on Wheat

Although there have not been widespread reports of stripe rust on wheat immediately to our south, the weather pattern last week raised my level of suspicion a little.  The low pressure system sitting still and churning southerly winds all the way from Texas and Oklahoma up to us, then
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Corn Herbicides and Growth Staging

Lately I have had several conversations on corn and soybean herbicides focusing on the “pre rapidly changing to post emergence” world of fields that were planted prior to the recent weather. A few quick review points on corn herbicides:

  • Remember that most corn
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Soybean Pre Herbicides and Rain Delays

The following table is a quick reference for most of the soybean pre-emergence herbicides listing the latest allowable application window.  A good “rule of thumb” I heard from an industry rep is that if we have an inch of soil between the emerging crook of the soybean and the
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Mother Nature is Messin' with Corn Pre Herbicide Applications

You know the Jack Links beef jerky add campaign “Messin’ with Sasquatch”? Well, Mother Nature is messin’ with corn pre herbicide applications. Upper twenties for temps yesterday morning were one thing, but around 20 this morning is another. Nearly all of the weeds that
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Corn Planting 2013: Preemergence Herbicides and COLD Weather

Even though field conditions may be suitable to begin field work, temperatures may not be ideal for effective weed control. The best advice is to delay burndown until warm temperatures occur and remain warm.
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Controlling Kochia

With many areas having confirmed glyphosate resistant kochia, all fields need to be managed as if kochia is glyphosate resistant. The key for kochia control is timing. Be early with applications and don't allow kochia to grow. As you can see in the attached picture, kochia is just starting
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Spring is here! Finally!

If you were like me, you had to wonder - would this day ever come!!  Looks like we are ready to roll at least for a while on fertilizer spreading.  Let's all take our time and do the right job while being safe. 

Speaking of fertilizer - our thoughts and
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Winter Wheat Showing Signs of Life

It is finally possible to see some winter wheat in the area breaking dormancy. Most winter wheat was planted in less than ideal soils last fall. Wheat, like in the picture, that has very few tillers will need nitrogen as early as possible to promote early growth and tillering.
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Seed Treatments

It’s official; this spring is nowhere near the spring of 2012. With many parts of the territory still sitting in snow and cold, it’s time to start planning for a cool, wet planting season. When we hear the term “cool, wet planting season”, the first thing to pop into
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Resistant Weed Management

There are a few key things to remember when making plans for resistant weeds before spring. The first is to be proactive. Whether you know you have problem weeds, or are unsure, you should start to manage your acres like you do have a problem. Proactive management is the best way to get out in
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Drainage Design and Water Management Workshops

The SDSU, NDSU, and University of Minnesota Extension Services will be hosting another series of drainage design and water management workshops in 2013. The workshops will focus on planning and design of agricultural tile drainage systems to meet both profitability and environmental
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Phosphorus: Early Availability Critical

Corn determines its maximum yield potential at stage V-5, or so. It turns out that available phosphorus, in the form of phosphate (P2O5), within the seedlings rooting zone, is one of the key factors for determining yield. While ample supplies of phosphorus, applied either in furrow or placed 2
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Winter Wheat Planting - Is it too late?

Rains for the past couple of dates have raised questions of whether it is still OK to plant winter wheat. The answer is this: Agronomically speaking, we are still OK, so it depends on the risk you are willing to absorb.  Optimal planting dates for winter wheat in South Dakota are
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Residual Soil Nutrients - A Golden Opportunity

Some fall soil tests are coming back showing significant levels of residual nitrogen and possibly other crop nutrients due to drought conditions and lower than expected crop growth across much of the Wheat Growers service territory.  While residual nutrients can be looked at as a bonus,
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Variable Rate Fertilizer and Zone Soil Testing

Today I sat down to work on variable rate fertilizer maps and I stumbled onto a field that pronounces the importance of variable rate fertilizer and zone soil testing. I ran into a few things that everyone should be aware of. This is happening in almost all of the fields that I help
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Potassium Deficiencies

Potassium (K) deficiency in corn has become more prevalent in the area. Potassium is essential in a plant for water uptake and photosynthesis. Potassium is as immobile nutrient in the soil and should be managed accordingly. The deficiencies I am noticing are taking place in two specific areas
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Change is Coming

We all know that change is inevitable. There is increasing public concern about the role of crop nutrients, such as chemical fertilizer or manure, as it pertains to water quality from the local and regional levels to the international level. Public policy is likely to affect our fertilizer
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Current Soil Tests Vital to Profitability

A two or three year old soil test is no longer adequate for several reasons. While an extremely rough estimate can be made by subtracting crop nutrient removal and adding fertilizer values, it is an approximation at best. Crop yields, increased nutrient removal rates by current
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More Solutions to Soil Compaction

After we started to understand the soil compaction talked about in my previous blog entry, we started to investigate other stressed fields, as well as a few less stressed. Our findings amazed us! We continued to use the excavator to dig root pits looking for soil compaction and discovered very
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2012 Weather Likely to Affect 2013 Yields

Are you ready for a ride on the yield roller coaster? It’s almost a sure bet that if we have sufficient snowfall and rain over the coming months that many of us will be surprised by our yields again. Next season some of us may be pleasantly surprised with higher than expected yields
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Compacted Soil

This harvest season I have found a few things that I thought would never be true. A few of the producers I work with noticed a significant yield reduction in certain fields that we assumed was due to high levels of salt or just poor ground. With curiosity, I went out into these fields with a
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Making Seed Choices

This summer's weather has some areas harvesting a great crop while others are looking at below average results. Often times the two extremes are taking place in close proximity to one another. As you look to make seed choices for next year evaluate hybrid performance on soils, farming
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Corn Plant Health

This summer's drought has put added stress on corn plants and compromised the overall plant health. I have looked at many fields and would say the strength of the ear shank is average at best. It is a good idea to look at the corn on your farm and plan a harvest schedule accordingly. The
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Wheat Growers Plot Day August 24th

Wheat Growers will be having plot tours on Friday August 24th at plots throughout our trade area. This is a great time to compare seed choices as well as discuss other agronomy questions with your agronomist. Contact your local agronomist for more information and to find the
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Winter Wheat Supply

Do you have your winter wheat seed needs covered?
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Estimating Corn Yield

The current corn crop is getting far enough along to get out and start to make some preliminary yield estimates and notice some trends.
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Corn Stand Counts

Early season scouting on your corn fields is the best way to maximize profitability on every acre. An easy thing to do is check the live stand in your fields. To do this, count the number of plants in 1/1000th of an acre. If you have 30 inch rows, you will want to count the number of plants in
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Tech Tips: Cereal Aphid Issues and Wheat Disease Control

We are receiving reports of aphids and potential issues of Barley Yellow Dwarf (BYD) showing up in wheat in SD. There are several aphid species that can be present across the Wheat Growers service area in wheat fields, but the target species right now for Barley Yellow Dwarf virus (BYDV)
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Starter Fertilizer Mixing

When mixing multiple products in with your starter fertilizer be sure to make sure all the products you are adding are compatible. Products that are labeled for mixing with starter fertilizer usually have no problems, but adding multiple products in one mix can lead to
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Surprise - Spring is here!

Does summer come next?
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Managing for Fallow Syndrome

Water logged fields from 2011 should be managed for the possibility of fallow syndrome in 2012. Fallow syndrome is a result of water logged fields having little or no plant growth. The lack of plant growth reduces the population of healthy fungi in the soil. The reduction in these
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Residual Herbicide Rates

With the early spring, and now a good shot of rain, it is a good idea to make sure you are applying the proper rates of residual herbicides. Half rate pre emerge programs that have worked in the past, when a shorter window of control was needed, may not provide enough
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Wheat Growers’ Chamberlain Location Wins Top Environmental Award

Wheat Growers’ Chamberlain location has been honored with a Regional DuPont Environmental Respect Award. This award is the agriculture industry’s highest recognition for environmental stewardship among U.S. agricultural retailers.
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Rainfall total for March

I have set up a rain gauge and will keep track and post local rainfall totals for the growing season at the Wolsey Terminal. For the month of March we received 1.08 inches of precipitation at the terminal. 


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Spring is Approaching fast - Increased Acres?

With spring approaching fast, visit with your sales agronomist to make sure you have a plan put together for all your inputs, especially seed and fertilizer.  With what looks like many acres coming back into production from previous years, make sure you have seed to cover those
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Fertilizer - Is it too late?

Some thoughts this morning as we have just concluded a meeting with all our Sales Agronomists:

Surveys show that about 35% of the farmers in our trade territory still need to finish purchasing their fertilizer for this year's crop.  That adds up to a bunch of
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Ag Safety Awareness Week

Wheat Growers B.A.S.E. team recognizes Ag Safety Awareness Week, March 4-10, 2012.
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Fertilizer Demand On The Rise

With the increased acreage reports coming out it will increase the demand for fertilizer. Urea has been strong these past couple weeks and will only be increasing in price as we move forward towards spring. Reports show that supply won’t be the biggest issue this spring but logistics
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Soil Sampling and Results

Now is a great time to get the maps made to finish up any last minute soil sampling before spring.  This is a huge time saver for your operation and also Wheat Growers.  If the samples were taken last fall, now would be a good time to review the results and make sure the right plan
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Urea Prices Strong

Urea pricing is significantly stronger and is expected to continue to strengthen into spring.  Domestic production has had some unexpected problems and it is very late in the season for foreign vessels to get here in a timely manner.  Expect continued increases in urea
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Calibrate Your Corn Planter

Well it's March 1st and everyone is starting to think about hooking up their planters and seeing what needs to be done to get ready for the planting season. But after this last snow I am sure the itch to pull the planter out and park it in middle of the yard to
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Soil Sample Summary for 2011

Here is a link to Ag Vise Laboratories summary of samples from 2011.
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Controlling Weeds in Soybeans

Controlling certain weeds in soybeans is getting tougher, if not imposssible, with just Glyphosate.
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Feed your Soybeans

Don't forget about your soybeans this fall in your fertility program. Phosphorus is the main nutrient to keep and eye on with soybeans in our area. One bushel of soybeans will remove 0.75 lbs of P2O5. So 40 bushel soybeans will need about 60 lbs of 11-52-0 to replace what has been removed.
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Last Chance Before Freeze up Soil Samples

Now is a good time to be talking with your sales agronomist about Soil Sampling.  Whether its MZB sampling or Geo-reference sampling, this fall is a great time to get soil sampling out of the way for spring application.  Soil Sampling  is also a great way to plan your
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Nutrient Content and Value of Corn Stalks

Baling corn stalks after harvest can provide livestock feed and bedding, but the value of the nutrients in the corn stalks that are removed should be considered. On average, 150 bushel corn will have around 3.5 tons of dry matter per acre. This corn stover will contain 20 lbs of
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Soybean Harvest Review

It would be difficult to break down the performance of every soybean in our area, but I will offer a few trends from soybean harvest.
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Applying Sulfur Fertilizer

One question that I commonly get asked this time of year is why do we need to apply sulfur when my soil tests indicate there is plenty available. The reason we apply sulfur to corn and wheat is to help meet the crop's sulfur needs early in the growing season when root development is
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Corn Starter Fertilizer Options

10-34-0 is the most common form of starter fertilizer in our area. The availiability of 10-34-0 has become increasingly difficult and some other options may need to be considered.
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Scouting Winter Wheat Fields for Grasshoppers

Winter wheat planting has begun.  Earlier planted acres in my territory have just started to emerge.  Normally we aren’t worried at this time about insect control in winter wheat.  However, I have noticed high numbers of grasshoppers in edges of fields and
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Sunflower Desiccation

Like corn and soybeans, sunflowers are looking very promising as we head into fall harvest.  A majority of sunflower producers will be seeing good yields and prices. Because of this, there are more reasons producers should consider getting a jump on the harvest season and consider
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Late Season Frost Effects on Corn and Soybeans

Cold temperatures last night across the territory could have affected yields in our corn, soybean and sunflower fields.
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Fall Agronomy Planning

The State Fair signals the end of summer and start of fall even though the calendar officially says fall is still a few weeks away. Now, before fall harvest begins, is a great time to start planning for next years crop.
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Scouting Corn Fields

As we get closer to harvest there are a few reasons you should spend a little time in your corn fields.  

The first reason is to document any diseases and weak stalks so that these fields can be a priority to combine first. Second, is to get an idea of a hybrids
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Wheat Growers Plot Day August 25th

On August 25th Wheat Growers will be holding plot tours at each agronomy locations local plot. This is a great chance to discuss new traits and genetics, as well as look at how varieties have been performing. This is also a great chance to visit with your agronomist about fall plans. Soil
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Aphids

As Jay stated earlier aphid numbers are on the rise, some fields in my area around Aberdeen have aphid numbers of 1000+.   Fields that have been treated with a insecticide with a good residual are holding good. 


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Aphid numbers continue to rise

Aphid numbers have continued to rise in soybean fields. The average number of aphids per plants in the Wolsey area has increased to over 50 aphids. In certain fields aphid numbers have increased to well over 200. With the current forecast calling for mild temperatures I expect these
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