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From the Field Updates








As planting wraps up, the challenges are not over yet. In a crop year like this there are more variables in your field to consider than in a normal year. We are not too far off from GDU averages so far this year but since crops went into the ground later than normal, we are 250 to 350 GDU’s behind normal crop development. This means crop maturity will be 2 to 3 weeks later than on a normal year. Disease and insects are still on track to appear at normal times, causing a larger footprint than we would usually see. Tar spot, anthracnose, grey leaf spot and Goss’s wilt are a few of the diseases that we have been keeping an eye out for and we are starting to see a few of them popping up in fields. Applying early fungicide is a great layer of protection to protect your yields and it is now that time to start those applications. In soybeans, high moisture means sudden death syndrome and late season phytophthora. To protect against those diseases, fungicide application timing is crucial with soybeans (R1 to R6 growth stages). We are not at that point yet in soybeans but it’s something to keep in mind because with high disease pressures, fungicide will almost always show a return on investment.

Insects should continue to be a focus when scouting this year, even if we are yet to find anything at economic thresholds. In corn, true armyworm moth flight numbers continue to be high and cool conditions are favorable for feeding, they will first show up in field perimeters and crops will have a ragged appearance with defoliation from leaf edge to midrib. In soybeans, bean leaf beetles have been showing up with small amounts of defoliation, far from the 40% economic threshold. Lastly, in hay, all insect counts are still low and have not been an issue to this point.

If you have any questions or concerns in your fields, contact your local Landmark agronomist to make a plan that will protect your yields.

Have a great week.


With grain corn planting coming to a stop and with the last of the soybeans being put in the ground, attention has been switched to post spraying and topdress. With the rain we had earlier in the year, there was a good chance that some of your upfront application of fertilizer may have had more runoff or nitrification than normal. A tissue sample and top dress or side dress application to replenish the missing nutrients, is a great way to keep the crop on the right track. Along with this wet weather, there are a lot of diseases starting to rear their ugly heads. So now is a good time to think about a fungicide application with your second pass of spraying, to help protect your crop.

Have a good week.









Probably accurate to report that the rainy year has dampened a lot of spirits, including farmers and suppliers of service and products. It’s late June already but there is a lot of season left and we need to make the best of it.

This past week was another cool, damp, windy period. Farmers have kept going, getting fields planted between rain clouds and strong winds. Wind hampered our ability to spray a few times this week.

Warm weather moved corn development along and soybeans are emerging quickly in 55F degree overnight soil temps. Our big challenges have been keeping machines moving on firm fields and having enough drivers on hand.

We have been busy spreading fertilizer on hay fields following first cutting schedules. Insect pressure has remained light, though it is still advisable to continue monitoring for weevil activity in alfalfa and cutworm damage in corn.

Applying nitrogen to corn is also a focus this week. Side dressing UAN and top dressing urea are effective methods. We know that corn uses the greatest amount of nitrogen between now and tasseling, so if weather permits, now is the time.

This week soybeans are getting early post emerge spray for weed control. As beans develop fast with moisture and heat, the weeds grow even faster! Some untreated waterhemp is already a foot taller than emerging beans. Post sprays should include contact and residual spray for best results for clean fields. Farmers are no longer able to rely on only glyphosate treatments for weed control.

Once beans come through the soil surface, it is best to wait a week or so, if possible, for beans to reach the first trifoliate leaf stage before driving over them. They then handle the stress of traffic and spray better. Also, be sure to use foliar Max-In Manganese for post spray tank mixes on beans, and Max-In ZMB on corn. Super results come from this treatment and recent years show beans and corn rebound quickly with this added boost. Consider fungicide as well during this time. Keeping the crop healthy may ensure best yields.

Wheat may respond well to fungicide applied now that it is heading out.

With so much invested in the crops so far this season, best advice is to give your crops every possible advantage and boost.

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Grain News – Turn-Around-Tuesday

Markets are softer to start Turn-Around-Tuesday. The USDA released their weekly crop progress report on Monday afternoon. US corn planting is 92% complete vs 83% last week and 100% last year. US soybean planting is 77% complete vs 60% last week and 96% last year at this time. The US corn crop is said to be 59% good to excellent compared to last year when 78% was g/e.

The river system has been closed for much of the spring north of St. Louis, but all but two locks on the upper Mississippi River have reopened. Corn basis firmed slightly at ports and river terminals, which is a good sign that the market thinks the river system will start moving again.

US winter wheat harvest is 8% vs 25% last year at this time. Winter wheat conditions are 59% g/e vs 39% last year. The market seems to be moving lower as the market waits for harvest to pick up, although there are rains for the plains and the Midwest.

In trade news, Trump tweeted today that he had a conversation with Xi that was positive for negotiations. That should bring some life to the bean market today after trading lower in the overnight session.

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Landmark Sponsors Local Summer Lunch in the Park Program

Landmark Services Cooperative (LSC) is excited to once again sponsor the Edgerton Community Outreach (ECO) Lunch in the Park summer food program for children.

For many years, the Lunch in the Park program has been a dream of ECO to help end child hunger. ECO understands that many of the children receiving free and reduced lunch at school during the school year suffer greatly during the summer months due to lack of food options and availability at home. The Lunch in the Park program kicked off on June 10th at Central Lutheran Park in Edgerton and serves from 12pm to 1pm, Monday through Thursday. The program is supported 100 percent by private donations. This year, LSC provided over 2,000 beef sticks and a monetary donation to the Lunch in the Park program.

“LSC’s partnership has given Lunch in the Park another year to provide children and families an opportunity to enjoy a meal together,” expressed Alyssa Meyers, food pantry coordinator of ECO. “On the first day we served 73 meals, which is 39 more meals from the first day last year! It is great to see the yearly growth as Lunch in the Park continues to serve more kids. LSC’s continued support helps us to reach more children and families each summer.”

Finding a way to help children in local communities combat hunger with programs like these are a natural fit for an agricultural cooperative like LSC. “We are excited to participate in the Lunch in the Park program for a third year by partnering with ECO to help serve food to children in need. ECO puts on a great program that helps fill the nutritional need for students in the summer while Alyssa makes everyone feel welcomed,” commented Shannon Horstmeyer, executive assistant of LSC. “We are proud to be a part of their efforts.”

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Fermentation Acids in Legumes at Different Dry Matters

As producers are racing to harvest forage, plant crops and beat the weather, you may rush the harvest process and ensile forages that may be too wet. The first chart below highlights the risk of butyric acid being prevalent as dry matter decreases. In this scenario, they run the risk of a clostridial fermentation and subsequent “butyric” smelling fermented haylage.










The second chart highlights the probability of a “fermentation failure” with decreasing dry matter in the harvested crop.











I know that if we ask people to slow down and get this right, we may get “the look” because you have so much work in front of you and little time to get it done. However, these decisions will have lasting impacts on this next year as the crop is being fed.

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Landmark Sponsors Local Kids’ Summer Lunch Program

Landmark Services Cooperative (LSC) is excited to announce the sponsorship of the Milton free summer lunch program for children. This is the second year LSC has donated to the free lunch program as part of their initiative to increase awareness about child hunger and to help feed hungry kids.

United Methodist Church (UMC) in Milton and One Apple Lunch Bunch have organized a remarkable community effort to provide free lunches for students in grades 4K-6 this summer. The program runs from June 10-August 30, Monday through Friday from 11:30am-12:30pm at Lamar Park in Milton.

In its first year, One Apple Lunch Bunch was delighted to serve 2,612 lunches over the summer months. This year is off to a fantastic start with 663 lunches served in the first four days. The program is supported by the kindness of local businesses.

“Thank you to our corporate sponsor, Landmark Services Cooperative for their donation of $800 and 15 cases of beef sticks to ensure we can continue to support the families of Milton,” expressed Barb Braun, UMC outreach coordinator. “It takes a village to raise a child and we are just one small part.”

As an agricultural cooperative, finding a way to help children in local communities combat hunger is a natural fit. LSC is proud to partner with The Drive to Feed Kids initiative as part of the Landmark Gives Back program.

“Hunger is an issue in every community. Landmark is thankful to UMC for its commitment to provide nourishing food to children and families who may not know where their next meal is coming from,” said Shannon Horstmeyer, executive assistant of LSC. “It’s truly incredible what this group is doing for the Milton community.”

Cutline:  Landmark Services Cooperative donated $800 to Milton Summer Lunch Program. Pictured from left to right Shelby Veum, intern of LSC; Shannon Horstmeyer, executive assistant of LSC; Barb Braun, UMC outreach coordinator; Karen Schmeling, One Apple Lunch Bunch memeber; and Julie Hull, One Apple Lunch Bunch member

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Grain News – Price Increase in Corn Could Uncover Opportunities











On Tuesday, the USDA showed us an aggressive acreage and yield revision on corn, and Wednesday’s weather forecast turned more wet in the Eastern Corn belt. USDA lowered 2019/20 U.S. Corn ending stocks by 810 million bushels from last month to 1.675 billion bushels. The USDA dropped yield by 10 bpa to 166. The carryout number is a 24% decline from this year’s 2.195 billion bushels and the lowest since 2013/14 at 1.232 billion bushels. All the news was in corn as the USDA still had U.S. soybean carryout over 1 billion bushels, leaving acreage and yield unchanged from the last report. Yesterday, I was able to drive the entire state of Illinois to witness firsthand a crop that was well behind, filled with holes or not planted at all, as work was still getting done. It appeared the fight was not over, maybe the price action encouraged a few folks back in the seats or maybe this was the plan all along, but it did make me feel much better about the crop I have been able to see in most of Wisconsin. Surely, this will be the story of the crop year.

As you are reading grain wires and headlines, it is of upmost importance to still work on your marketing plan. Maybe your production number needs to change and with that, some price targets because contingencies and adjustments are part of the plan. Some years it goes perfectly as planned, some years we change price targets lower and production higher. This year, we are likely lowering production in the marketing plan and increasing price targets. Hopefully this price increase in corn can start uncovering opportunities for crop years to come.

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From the Field Updates








The past week has been very productive in Wisconsin. According to the USDA Crop Progress Report, corn is at 78% planted in Wisconsin, which is up 20% from last week. Soybeans are at 60% planted, up 26% from last week. The crops that have emerged are off to a slow start, due to the lack of sunshine and the abundant rainfall. On a normal year, V5 corn is 12 inches in height or greater, but this year we are seeing V5 corn right around 8 inches tall. With the soil drying out, roots are no longer drowned out and now nutrient and natural water uptake is more available to the plants. With that, it’s time to start making in-season fertility decisions within your operation. Tissue sampling is a management practice that Landmark has been progressively growing each year and it’s showing positive results. The best time for early tissue sampling is between V5 to V8 growth stages in corn, and V3 to V5 stages in soybeans. If you are interested in learning more about tissue sampling, talk with your Landmark agronomist.

We are also at the point where we are starting to see waterhemp emerging. It’s one of the hardest weeds to control in our area, with its six documented chemistries it is resistant to. The best control method for waterhemp is having residual herbicide so you never give it the chance to come out of the ground, but with a year like this, that’s not the case for many growers. The next best option is to target small waterhemp plants that are less than 4 inches tall but note that waterhemp has one of the highest relative growth rates at 1-1¼ inches per day, during typical growing conditions. In corn, there are plenty of strong chemistries to control but in soybeans, it’s a bit trickier. If you are planting Xtend or Liberty Link soybeans, you have much stronger options than conventional and Roundup ready soybeans. But still shouldn’t wait until it’s too late!

Have a great week!









With the last of the corn and most of the beans being planted, now is the time to get out there and spray soybeans. Getting a soybean pre-emergence herbicide is an important step in waterhemp and weed control. After soybeans emerge, there is a limited number of chemicals to spray on them to control tough weeds like waterhemp and get good residual control. Starting with a good residual chemical and following that application in-season with another residual chemical, is the best way to try and control waterhemp. Talk to your Landmark agronomist which bean spray program would work best for you and your farm.

Have a great week!









This week, field activity continues in many directions. Rain events were spotty, with about 0.1-inch on June 5th, and trace amounts on June 8th and 9th. Rain forecast for Tuesday, June 11th, has us all running to get things done.

Several days of temps in the 80s accumulated some growing degree days, though we are still behind compared to last year at this time by about 100 GDD. Monday and Tuesday followed with temps in the 50s, and overnight soil temps continued in the 50s.

Insect development has been slow, so watch your fields for cutworm and armyworm damage because almost all corn is late emerging this year and is the most vulnerable to these pests. Wisconsin says that 78% of the corn is planted, still not much has emerged yet. Soybeans statewide are 60% planting with less than 10% emerged. The equinox comes about June 21st and late planted soybeans responding to day and night length will reply with changes in growth height and reproductive stages. Late planted beans should be the same full season variety as planned until June 20th and planted at increased populations to help achieve full potential for height and yield.

With a few days of sunshine, high pressure, and low humidity, farmers responded with hay making and chopping. Flat tires and breakdowns are not welcome during this time and stress tension levels are still high among farmers.

As we move forward this week, corn side dress nitrogen operations will begin, and herbicide spray programs may change from PRE spray to POST spray as crop delays and fast emerging seedlings require change in chemical treatments.

Many corn fields this year are getting topdressing applications with urea to supply nitrogen that we were unable to apply earlier due to rain delays.

With most “prevent plant” decisions made, now is the time to consider making the most of your crop with fungicide and foliar fertilizer products. Scout for insects and be prepared to control them to protect your yields.

Watch for soybean aphid populations as they develop in small soybeans. 250 aphids per plant is the economic threshold for treatment. Although, if populations are growing early (before mid-July), consider spraying. If aphids increase this year, they usually crash populations and activity by August 8th. Anytime within that window is appropriate for spraying to control when populations are heavy.

The last of weed control sprays were made on wheat fields this week. Going forward, depending on environmental conditions, it might pay to spray fields with fungicide.

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Landmark Sponsors Fresh Produce in Local Summer Lunch Program

COTTAGE GROVE, WI, June 11, 2019 – This summer, more than 3,500 free, healthy lunches will be served throughout DeForest and Morrisonville. Landmark Services Cooperative (LSC) is honored to continue to sponsor the Norski Nibbles summer lunch program. The $3,000 donation is dedicated to the purchase of fresh, healthy produce from the DeForest Area Farmers’ Market (DAFM). The market produce is incorporated into the kids’ daily lunches and distributed at several sheltered parks.

This is the third year LSC has donated to the free lunch program. The introduction of assorted fresh produce is a huge hit with the kids. “Our kids really enjoy getting fresh fruit, vegetables, and cheese curds along with beef sticks as an extra treat with their lunches,” stated Dave La Haye, Norski Nibbles co-coordinator. “Many hadn’t experienced the marvelous taste of fresh locally grown veggies and fruit.”

With over 800 students eligible for free or reduced lunches in the DeForest School District, there is a strong community need to help provide nutritious meals for hungry children. The volunteer-led Norski Nibbles program is a collaborative effort between local businesses and churches to combat hunger over the summer months when school is not in session.

“The donation from Landmark Services Cooperative to Norski Nibbles not only increase access to nutritious, local foods for those who need it in our community,” commented Joleen Stinson, DeForest Parks Supervisor who helps oversee the DeForest Farmers’ Market, “it also supports a variety of the local farmers who vend at the Farmers’ Market.”

As an agricultural cooperative, finding a way to help children in the local communities combat hunger is a natural fit. LSC is proud to support the Norski Nibbles initiative as part of the Landmark Gives Back program. “Summer lunch programs are vital to help combat child hunger. Working with passionate individuals like those leading the Norski Nibbles program is essential to filling the nutrition gap,” conveyed Shannon Horstmeyer, executive assistant of LSC.

For more information on Landmark Services Cooperative’s programs, contact Chrissy Long at or 608-819-3126.

Landmark Services Cooperative is a member-owned cooperative dedicated to providing customers with the highest quality products and services. For 85+ years, Landmark has provided farm-related products and services to its more than 11,000 members in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Employing more than 300 full-time people and reaching sales in excess of $373 million, Landmark provides a customer service-oriented approach in the communities it serves. For more information, visit, or call 800-236-3276.



Landmark Services Cooperative donated $3,000 to Norski Nibbles June 5 to go toward the program’s purchase of fresh produce at the DeForest Area Farmers’ Market. Pictured from left to right Dave LaHaye, Norski Nibbles co-coordinator; Shannon Horstmeyer, executive assistant of LSC.; Bob Mathweg, Norski Nibbles co-coordinator

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Grain News – USDA Report Out at 11 A.M.











After a drier than forecasted weekend and more planting progress than expected, the initial trade was lower yesterday but as funds and end users positioned for what promises to be a news filled and volatile day of trade with the USDA S&D report due out at 11:00 am.

News that the U.S. and Mexico reached a deal late last week to avoid a fresh round of tariffs had a positive reaction on Wall St. Monday, with the Dow rising another 90 points in afternoon trading to move back over 26,000 points. Energy futures tracked lower, with crude oil down more than 1%, while gasoline and diesel sustained more modest losses this afternoon. The U.S. Dollar firmed slightly.

Corn planting 83% (leaves about 15.77 million acres of corn left to plant)

Bean planting 60% (leaves 33.8 million acres left to plant)

Corn rated 59% (good/excellent, better than anticipated)





This week’s export inspections showed Chinese buyers continuing to take delivery of previously bought purchases, accounting for another 14.8 million bushels. Worldwide, China’s soybean imports in May topped 270 million bushels. The world’s largest soybean importer has bought more than 1.166 billion bushels so far in 2019.


This year, for a lot of you, means having to take Preventive Plant on some or all of your acres. If you have any questions or concerns, please stay in contact with your Grain Marketing Specialist. We are here to assist and guide you through what is proving to be a most unusual crop year for all of us.


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On Capitol Hill

Landmark Services Cooperative’s CEO Jim Dell and Tom Bressner, Executive Director of Wisconsin Agri-Business Association (WABA), visited Capitol Hill on June 3 and 4. Over the two days, Jim and Tom made eight congressional visits promoting agriculture. Their visits focused on key issues of protecting and expanding US agricultural exports (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement); increasing waterways infrastructure funding within the US to rehabilitate locks and dams that are in urgent need of maintenance; and exemption for hours of service regulations on Agricultural Products being hauled within a 150-mile radius.



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