Harvest Loss Considerations

Let’s Talk Harvest Loss and Prioritizing Harvest 2020

  • NOW is the time to prioritize fields and look for signs and symptomologies arising.
  • Physoderma has the ability to reduce stalk integrity – do you know how to identify it? Yellowing up the mid-rib often leads to crown rot – take a look at the symptoms in this short video.
  • A push test is an easy way to prioritize fields – don’t just harvest in the order you planted.

Here’s a question: What’s the economic threshold of what is coming out the back of your combine?

Take less than 8 minutes to learn more about prioritizing fields during Harvest 2020, harvest loss and strategies for harvest success in corn and soybeans. Glenn Longabaugh, Winfield United Regional Agronomist, and Mark Richey, YieldPro Specialist, visit more here:

A Late Season Resource: The Harvest Land Answer Plot

Think there is nothing left to see at our 2020 Winfield United Answer Plot?

Think again!

Now is the prime time to get to the plot to view what agronomic changes are happening so you can make informed decisions for 2021.

This week we invite you to step inside the plot to watch YieldPro Specialist Mark Richey visit with Glenn Longabaugh, Winfield United Regional Agronomist, about the many things you can see and learn.

 

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Harvest Land 2020 Answer Plot: Early and Late Season Fungicide In Corn and Soybeans

It’s time to discuss fungicide efficacy, protection and timing.

  • Application timing is critical in the field…or is it? Listen as Glenn explains growth stage and efficacy.
  • ​​At what growth stage would application protect the plant at its most vulnerable time? Which would protect the yield? ​
  • Applying a fungicide doesn’t just kill disease, it also stimulates photosynthesis.

Glenn offers so much more insight during this brief conversation regarding fungicides. Take 10 minutes to learn more during this Answer Plot stop #2.

We invite you to watch David Vollmer, YieldPro Specialist and Glenn Longabaugh, Regional Agronomist for Winfield United, discuss early and late season fungicide in corn and soybeans.

 

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2020 Answer Plot Series: Post Application Weed Control

Are You Maximizing Post Crop Protection Applications?
  • Round-up ready & conventional soybeans, what can – or cannot – be applied to each?
  • Don’t get confused on traits and chemistries. Drake displays graphics to help determine what works for your crop.
  • The cooler spring weather doesn’t necessarily mean you get longer residual out of your herbicide application.
  • Watch to see a graph detailing weed emergence and monetary loss…proof is in the numbers. Be proactive!
There is much more to this brief conversation regarding weeds. We encourage you to take 7 minutes to learn more.
Click the button below to watch Kyle Pulley, YieldPro Specialist and Drake Copeland, Technical Service Manager for FMC, briefly discuss post application weed control.

How Long Can Corn Hold It’s Breath?

Days of rain dumped 4 – 6 inches of rain in our part of the world earlier this week.

So what’s that mean for the crop?

We wanted to share this insight from Bushel Billy, our pal Bill Bowers, with Bayer. He has a lot of great information straight from the truck cab!

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As always, your YieldPro Specialist is ready to talk through the early season decisions on your farm!

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Early Season Pest Alert

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.

 

 

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When It Rains During Harvest

Some common consumers are quite concerned about Trick-or-Treat being rescheduled due to the weather. But the forecast that has loomed all week for our trade territory does nothing for the spirit of the farmer who just wants to finish harvest.

Too much rain in the spring means delayed planting. Too little rain in the summer means a choking drought. So what does rain during harvest mean?

Navigating Mud – When it rains during harvest, the obvious problem becomes mud. Combines, semi trucks, tractors and wagons all need to be able to get in and out of fields to harvest and transport the crop. Though they’re each large, powerful machines, they simply aren’t built to operate in the mud, especially when they’re loaded full of grain. Farmers don’t want to get their equipment stuck, and they certainly don’t want to learn what it would take to get them un-stuck!

Increased Propane Usage for Grain Drying – The 2019 crop was planted so late (especially for the northern end of our territory), that we’re facing a barely matured crop, resulting in areas with 30% moisture. Corn dries naturally when it is still alive and 17-snow-harvest_0growing, but with the quick decline in temperature and frost, it’s growing days are over. That means the moisture must be removed mechanically.  Farmers dry grain to prevent any loss of their crop and to ensure they get the best price when marketing it. Most
farmers have access to grain dryers on their farm. By putting the corn through these grain dryers they can dry the grain to the desired moisture level. A large majority of grain dryers are powered by propane, and that’s another input cost for the farmer.

Detriment to Grain Quality – It is difficult to maintain grain quality when you harvest maize_grain_01_0wet grain. Moving the kernels through the combine can easily result in damaged and
cracked grain. Additionally, a farmer would go on to spend the money to mechanically dry it, overall lowering the grain quality. This affects the price they get when selling their grain because damages result in discounts.

Rain during harvest isn’t ideal, but it is another condition that America’s farmers work through when in this lifestyle. Perhaps the silver lining to this literal rain cloud is that this rain will allow the parents and grandparents to see, and enjoy the company of, their favorite ghosts and goblins on this Halloween weekend. Usually, they only stop the combine for five brief minutes to dote over the costumes and perhaps steal a Reese cup or two.

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Photo Friday: 2019 Answer Plot

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On Tuesday we hosted our 2019 Answer Plot event outside Pershing, IN. We were nervous about low attendance numbers going into the event because of the frustrating season we’ve had. “Would growers attend in good faith that we still have sound agronomic information to share with them?” we wondered.

They did.

We were pleased with the number of farmer-members who attended this annual event and the level of participation. There was tremendous questions, conversation, and insight. Harvest Land is proud to continue to offer this event to our members when so many attend to prove it’s ongoing value. We thank all who joined us for the day.

This week, we want to share photos from the event.

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An ear of corn on July 23, 2019!

 

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No Amber Waves of Grain

If you’re not directly working in agriculture – which, 98% of the population is not – talk of the challenging time in ag may not spur your curiosity. It may only be a 20-second segment on the evening news or a quick mention at the hardware store during check out. You may work or live in town, so it likely doesn’t matter much to you. But, you should care about this challenging time – unprecedented challenging time – because it does affect you. No one is exempt.

What’s the Problem?

The weather has been relentless to those who make a livelihood off the land. Let’s start in the fall of 2018:

When the crop is harvested off the field, a best practice is to apply a fall application, which is a herbicide that kills any weeds that may emerge. This ensures the field is clean and ready to be planted in the spring. But last fall, constant rain delayed harvest and also left fields saturated. This didn’t allow for equipment to get into the fields to apply this product, so the majority of fields went untouched. Fall application became something growers would have to take care of in the spring.

Folks with livestock such as cattle faced challenges from the uncooperative weather, also. Usually, a field can get three cuttings of hay in a summer season but that wasn’t the case in 2018. This resulted in a hay shortage last fall when stockmen were trying to produce or buy hay for the upcoming winter….the winter of 2018-2019: You know, the one that never ended. The extended winter, causing stockman to still feed hay in April, resulted in a real hay shortage. But the winter wasn’t just extended, it was brutal. Record temperatures and snowfall, blizzards striking America’s heartland multiple times, great loss of livestock in inclimate weather…each of these things compressed the issue. Then came the flooding.

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Rain began in late March and never stopped. In a time when growers were hoping to apply the herbicide to kill the weeds so they could plant a crop, tractors, planters, and sprayers remained in the shop because they couldn’t get into the soggy fields. And there is a brief window of time in which a farmer can plant corn and soybeans. If that window is missed, there will be no crop at all. Now here we are, the middle of June, and fields still sit empty. Except for the weeds.

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Weeds stand nearly 6 feet tall in a field in Ohio.

 

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A field covered in weeds, prior to planting a seed.

 

Also, in order for growers to get the best crop insurance possible, corn needed to be planed by June 6. After that date, farmers had to make a decision to either let the ground remain completely unplanted, or to plant an alternate crop. Maybe soybeans? The soybean market is already so weak, due to saturation of the market and tariffs, that there would be no money in that. We’re talking record low prices for the commodity.

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As of June 9, just 60% of America’s soybean acres had been planted in our highest-producing states, compared with nearly 90% typically planted by this time of year. And just 83% of the corn crop is in the ground in the most productive states, a number that should be pushing 100%.

Some farmers are finally admitting

that this will be the first time in

their lifetime of farming

that there will be no crop. 

This adds to an already extremely difficult run in agriculture. Land O’Lakes recently shared this information:

Due largely to sustained low commodity prices, average farm income in 2017 was $43,000, while the median farm income for 2018 was negative$1,500. In 2018, Chapter 12 bankruptcies in the farm states across the Midwest that are responsible for nearly half of all sales of U.S farm products rose to the highest level in a decade.

Those who support the American farmer are not spared in this grief. Ag retailers, such as the local farmer-owned cooperative, aren’t able to dispense the product they’ve purchased months ago because it has nowhere to go. There is no crop insurance for retail, they simply lose the money. Credit providers won’t get paid because the farmers have no income to make payments. Salesmen who may work on commission go without pay because no one has the money to buy. It is a cycle that affects stress levels and livlihoods by the thousands.

So, how are you affected?

The loss of income in agriculture this year will be in the billions. This will affect small towns across America in very real ways because this unprofitable year will affect ag retailers, seed companies, grain elevators, machinery dealers and more, all of which employs thousands in our area. All of which will have less in their pocketbook in a very real way. And when they’re making much less money, they’re spending less at local stores, restaurants, entertainment, car dealerships and beyond.

The price of food will also see an upward swing as the corn used to produce your favorite tortilla chips or the tomatoes you cook with simply aren’t being produced. We’re usually enjoying sweet corn by now…much won’t even be planted.

It is quite difficult to put into words the depth of despair agriculture is experiencing in this moment. The sickening statistic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that suicide rates in farmers are higher than any other occupation today speaks volumes.

Wake up, America, the Beautiful! There may be no amber waves of grain and no fruited plains.

 

We urge you to take heart regarding this national crisis. It spares no one who eats or cares about their community. We invite you to check on those in your community who work in agriculture. You may only see them at the grocery, church pew, ballpark or parking lot, but a simple word to let them know they aren’t alone in this volatile time could make a world of difference in their state of mind. Let them know their work and effort matters.

We’ll keep this in mind, our faith keeping us rooted:

But I will bless the person who puts his trust in me. He is like a tree growing near a stream and sending out roots to the water. It is not afraid when hot weather comes, because its leaves stay green; it has no worries when there is no rain; it keeps on bearing fruit. – Jeremiah 17:7-8

Harvest Land stands beside our growers as we navigate this unbelievable time. Those of us in production agriculture will get through this because of our unwavering resolve which has benefitted stewards of the land from the beginning of time. And we’ll go on to live admirably, doing the greatest work in the world: Farming.

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Maturities Do Matter

We’re getting many questions about making planting adjustments for corn and also soybean varieties in this delayed season. We sat down with agronomist Steve Dlugosz and Seed Manager Brandon Lovett to address concerns and talk about why maturities do matter right now.

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As always, your YieldPro team at Harvest Land is here to discuss with you the best options for success in this difficult season.

 

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