There are two pests that we’re on high alert for in Indiana and Ohio.
Now is the time to act.
There are numerous fields containing heavy, winter annual weed pressure because they did not get sprayed or tilled last fall, or cover crops have yet to receive a burndown application to kill off prior to planting. These type of field scenarios are a primary target for egg laying moths.
Black cutworm will migrate in and feed on anything they can, but they’re easily controlled by synthetic pyrethroids.
Wireworms are much tougher to kill and currently they’re attacking seedlings because they’re staying much closer to the surface due to cooler soil temperatures.
Synthetic pyrethroids are less effective on wireworms.
What must you do now to protect your yield? Watch the video and see –
Join us as seed manager Brandon Lovett visits with Glenn Longabaugh CCA, Winfield United Regional Agronomist, about the damage these two pests can do and how to defend against them.
Increased pressure in diseased corn isn’t going away. Sara Nave from our Lena Ag Center, grower Richard Bodey and Agronomist Steve Dlugosz worked together in 2018 to develop and run a box trial that yielded really interesting – and telling – results regarding early season fungicide application and also response to sulfur. Bodey confirms that the treated side had greater plant stamina and standability.
So, how important is sulfur in the production of corn and soybeans? This week we invite you to watch the video below to find out!
Actual Trial Results:
Your YieldPro Specialist is ready to visit with you about your options for the 2019 crop. Contact them today to get a plan in place for success this season!
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:
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:
Crop rotation allows surface corn residue to break down, reducing bacteria and fungal inoculum.
Incorporating corn residue into the soil can further reduce the disease pressure the following season.
Good weed control removes disease hosts.
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.