We invite you to join us for our 2018 Answer Plot event, coming up on August 15:
We invite you to contact your YieldPro Specialist with any questions.
Those not involved in agriculture, do not fear. The constant zipping around of helicopters in your area have nothing to do with Russia or an illegal substance. But rather, protection of a crop.
Harvest Land agronomist Steve Dlugosz joins us from the field this week to discuss the benefits of late season fungicide application. We caught up with Steve at our Pershing Answer Plot in Wayne County to talk about the application:
As always, contact your YieldPro Specialist for additional insight. We’re here to help preserve the potential of every acre you farm.
We’re seeing a huge resurgence of Japanese beetles in the fields this summer, despite the populations being fairly low in most recent years. Japanese beetles are general defoliators. The good news is they tend to feed on a single leaf, and stay on that leaf.
As you can see here, they’ve fed on those top leaves, but the leaves around it remain untouched:
We don’t evaluate defoliation based on a particular leaf, but rather whole plant defoliation. So even though these photos – taken in Wayne County – look really terrible, the loss is fairly minimal.
Japanese beetles give off a pheromone, which attracts other beetles in. Many times, you can notice a few feeding, but by the end of the day you’ll have massive amounts of beetles feeding on areas of the field.
The damage from Japanese beetles will typically be fairly localized. We’ve seen farmers hang a boom over the edge of the concentrated area and take care of it that way. There may be, however, such concentrations that farmers will be more inclined to spray the whole field, especially if they’re going to apply a fungicide soon. We recommend adding another insecticide such as Delta Gold® and taking care of them that way.
As always, your YieldPro Specialist is available to answer all of your questions. We encourage you to reach out to them if you have any concerns.
This week we gained this awesome resource from our partners at Winfield regarding the 2018 crop report. We’d like to share this insight with you. It offers crop update to this point in the season, but also a comparative look at 2018 to previous years.
If you have questions or want to make an in-season decision at your operation, don’t hesitate to contact your YieldPro Specialist.
Disease can threaten corn production throughout the season, from common diseases that affect leaves, stalks and roots.
This week, Harvest Land agronomist Steve Dlugosz takes a look at the benefits of early season fungicide application and shares the results of a field box trial done last season that yielded some interesting results. Take a look:
Infection by stalk rot organisms can occur early in the season, but visual symptoms may not appear until grain fill. Stalk rots can cause significant yield loss when the disease causes plants to deteriorate prematurely, resulting in poor ear fill or light test weight grain. Lodging can be a problem and everyone hates running down corn!
So how can you manage these problems? What can you do to protect your crop from disease? Best management practices can help. Ask yourself these four questions:
Which disease(s) is it?
An increasing concern is southern rust which is carried by wind-borne fungal spores and commonly affect seed corn and sweet corn. Timely fungicide applications can help control these diseases.
What hybrids are a concern?
Current hybrids vary greatly in their resistant to many diseases. Know the strength and weaknesses of the hybrids you have planted. Talk to your YieldPro Specialist if you don’t know.
How do my current cultural practices affect disease?
Because several disease organisms survive in infected residue from crop to crop, there are several cultural practices that can help break this cycle and diminish disease pressure. For example:
When should I use a fungicide?
A fungicide decision is a matter of evaluating the risk actors that drive disease development, including the hybrids you planted, rotation, disease history, and current and future weather patterns.
Timely foliar fungicide applications are a tool that can help protect corn plants from fungal infections throughout the season. Your YieldPro Specialist can help when making these decisions.
Applying fungicides with multiple modes of action, such as Delaro™ and Stratego® YLD can help minimize the potential for fungicide resistance, which can occur when heavy reliance is placed on controlling diseases with one chemical class.
Contact your YieldPro Specialist today to get the most out of your yield in 2018. We’re always here to help.
Before remnants of Hurricane Alberto moved through our area earlier this week (some growers got an inch of rain, others only received sprinkles) we got out in the field and snapped a few shots of our agronomy team going about their early season work. Fields are planted, but now we think about early season fungicide application.
We don’t know the last time we saw men shake hands in a farm field, and we can guarantee there was no photographer there to capture the moment in perfect sunlight.
We can recall, however, the early mornings, long days and late nights we’re working with you to get seed in the ground, crop protection in the right place and applied at the right time. We’ve been running on all cylinders right there with you this spring.
This Friday, we simply want to share our latest video with you, reminding you that we’re not here to blow sunshine up your silo, we’re here to do what’s best for your operation.
Contact your local YieldPro Specialist for all your agronomy needs this season.
Spring days are getting longer as we start to break the soil
Traffic slows behind equipment driven by local men of toil.
With a warm snap moving through you can almost cut the anticipation
Every move we’re about to make is a result deliberate conversation.
From plant to harvest, and plant again, we’re in a series of decisions
Analyzing data, selecting hybrids and programs and considering provisions.
Sometimes we forget how much promise can be in one tiny seed
Part of our job at Harvest Land is ensuring they get what they need.
We’ve been thinking about this crop since walking through the last
When time passes in seasons of work you come to realize just how fast.
Going forward our days will be designed around the warm sunshine or the rain
When you live your hours according to weather you come to terms with gain or pain.
And so we move into another planting season with anticipation far and wide
In high hopes that good help, weather, supply and parts all live in a time that coincide.
Sound management decisions go a long way to help farmers secure yields and return on investment when growing corn. At Harvest Land, we offer a full consultative approach in which our YieldPro team prescribes a field-by-field plan for each year. Through the experience of our trained salespeople and input from our expert agronomists we have come up with our top recommendations for growing high yielding corn in our trade area.
Select hybrids from more than one maturity group for risk management and to spread out the workload at planting and harvest time. Choose hybrids with consistently high-yield corn ratings, good standability, strong disease resistance, and a range of maturities. Our trained sales staff can also walk you through the Characterization Charts to show the data from WinField United Answer Plots across the united states, and local plots, to help assist you in your hybrid selection.
Plant hybrids that have shown good yield trial results, plus your tried-and-true hybrids. Seed genetics with built-in herbicide tolerance traits can significantly enhance control of a broad range of tough-to-manage grasses and broadleaf weeds. Diversify hybrid choices to spread risk with a range of maturities and insect and disease susceptibilities.
Today’s seed treatments can protect against diseases, insect pests and nematodes to help get young corn plants off to a good start. The wide range of products available can be confusing. Your Harvest Land YieldPro Specialist can help you make good economic decisions focused on the pests you are most concerned with.
Starting clean with a solid burndown program and/or tillage is critical. Aim to control weeds before they reach 4 inches in height. Larger weeds are more difficult to control and compete more tenaciously with corn seedlings for sunlight, soil, water and other nutrients. “Driver weeds” like tall waterhemp and marestail usually take a special program (higher cost) for adequate control.
Top yields can only be achieved with a solid nutrient management program. Proper nitrogen fertilizer practices are critical for high-yielding corn. YieldPro has proven to be a very effective program to prescribe field-specific programs to achieve this goal.
Consider geography, weather and individual field conditions, such as drainage, when deciding if it’s fit to plant. Recommended planting dates for corn tend to range from early April to early May. Spring weather can change quickly from cool and wet to dry and warm. Planting when the field is too heavy can cause uneven emergence and potential yield reduction due to poor stands and soil compaction issues later in the season.
Follow your seed company’s recommendations because there are many variables, such as soil types, different hybrid maturity dates and yield potential on various soil types. Seeding rates are a decision best made field-by-field. The Characterization Charts your trained Harvest Land salesperson has access to, can help you decide the optimal seeding rate for your soil type and management style.
Spotting problems in the crop is imperative. Check fields early and often for emerging weeds, diseases and insects to help guide treatment decisions and economic thresholds. Season-long management of weed, disease and insect pests in corn will aid your goal for best return on investment at the end of the growing season. The YieldPro team has the solution for your scouting and diagnostic needs.
Fungicides are a valuable tool. Planned fungicide use helps prevent disease pressure from negatively impacting yields especially in a no-till situation with higher residue or in fields that were planted to corn the year prior. Every hybrid purchased through Harvest Land will have a response to fungicide rate which will prove valuable in accessing the need for an application. The other option is to “wait and see”, but timely field scouting is critical.
Use diversified management practices to manage resistance to herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. Select products from different classes of chemistries that attack multiple, effective sites of action. Refer to sources such as Herbicide Resistance Action Committee (HRAC), Fungicide Resistance Action Committee (FRAC) and Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC).
During this undesirable economic time, it is imperative every decision you make for your farm is thought through and driven to make you a positive ROI. Mother Nature cannot be totally predicted or controlled, but we can do all that we can to ensure our crop can perform to the best of its ability in all situation. High yielding corn can be achieved by taking pieces from this article and personalizing it to your fields. Our YieldPro team, trained sales staff, and expect agronomists can help you navigate these decisions and achieve your yield goals.