From the Field 6-23-2021

In today’s From the Field update, Sales Agronomist Michaela Fox talks about a critical component of soil – carbon.

As always, make sure to contact your local agronomist with any questions you may have. Stay safe!


From the Field 6-16-2021

Join Agronomy Sales Technician Patrick Canales as he discusses things to consider while getting ready to top dress your corn.

As always, make sure to contact your local agronomist with any questions you may have. Stay safe!


Fungicide Application

Dan Peterson, Regional Sales Manager

June is upon us and if you have not made decisions on whether or not to apply fungicide at VT growth stage on corn or R3 growth stage on soybeans, it is time to decide. Today we briefly discuss the ‘why or why not to apply fungicide’ as well as a bit of the economics behind this decision.

Application at VT Growth Stage in Corn

Fungicide applications on corn for both grain and silage specific hybrids has become a staple in producers management programs in recent years adding considerable tolerance to stress in the corn plant. With consistent levels of Northern Corn Leaf Blight, Gray Leaf Spot, and pockets of Goss Wilt showing up in past years protecting your investment and maximizing ROI should be the consideration for VT applications. Most fungicides are only active for a few weeks so timing can be crucial with optimum timing being tassel (VT) through silking (R3). Today’s fungicides have improved tremendously and most carry both preventative and curative activity in the plant.  With this in mind, the decision to apply versus not to apply should not solely be made by disease prevalence at the time of application. All too often we consider weather patterns prior to and at the time of application to help make the decision for us. Today’s tools to make this decision have improved and include hybrid response assessment, economics to support ROI, as well as simply what has worked for your management practices on your farm in the past. Hybrid response to fungicide is all too often overlooked and should be discussed with your Countryside Landmark agronomist to review the response to fungicides with each hybrid on your farm. 

Many fungicide application decisions are made purely around the economics behind the investment and the producer’s confidence that they can see a consistent ROI. Let us look at simple numbers and assume today that an all-in fungicide program including aerial application costs $25/ac. Let us also use $4.90/bushel as our fall 2021 delivered grain price. In this scenario, our break-even is 5.1 bushel. Across all of Wisconsin Winfield United answer plots from 2011 to 2020, the average response to fungicide was 13.6 bushel/acre. By evaluating each of your hybrids response to fungicide and giving consideration to the protection against yield loss with a VT application, there is consistent support for adding this to your management practices this summer.

Soybean R3 Fungicide Treatment

Many of the same risks help determine fungicide applications in soybeans. These can include soybean varieties that are more highly susceptible, disease history, continuous soybean production, soil type, plant, and population to name a few. There is a wide range of diseases that a fungicide application can help mitigate such as anthracnose, white mold, and brown leaf spot. Timing of soybean application is very critical and can make significant difference in expected ROI. Fungicide applications made prior to R1 or beginning flower are not often economical. Unlike corn, soybeans have more leaf development after fungicide application. Optimum timing for soybeans is R3 or full flower, and in most cases provides a higher ROI than R4 (full pod). The window for greatest return is small and requires proper scouting by both the producer and their Countryside Landmark agronomist. Additionally, soybeans at the R3 stage have a high response to micronutrients and insecticide and should be discussed while scouting for disease management. 

As we discussed earlier many decisions are made with economics and weather in mind. However, soybean plant health is crucial to mitigating yield loss, pod development and pod fill or seed size all of which maximize yield.  Applications of fungicides at R3 can be very consistent and profitable. Including application, a fungicide only application can be made for around $20/acre without considering the value that micronutrients and insecticide can add if used in the same application. Using a soybean price of $12.50/bushel, our break even is 1.6 bushel per acre. Average soybean fungicide response is 3.5 bushels per acre among all products. In this scenario, we have potential for a $20+ ROI. There is consistent support for soybean R3 treatments with a likelihood for a nice return.  As always, consult your agronomist to help consider all risk factors to make the best decision for your operation. 

At Countryside Landmark, we are committed to helping you make the best management decisions for your operation to help ensure maximum profitability. Please consult your local agronomist to help determine which of our fungicide programs best fits your farming practices.



From the Field 6-9-2021

In today’s From the Field, Agronomist Jenna Sloane and YieldEDGE Sales Technician Katie Kruger talk about two tools that allow us to make in-season management decisions.

As always, make sure to contact your local agronomist with any questions you may have. Stay safe!

From the Field 5-26-2021

Join Agronomy Account Managers Dylan Nelson and Bill Weisensel as they discuss evaluating the stand counts.

As always, make sure to contact your local agronomist with any questions you may have. Stay safe!

Top Dress Soybeans

Joe Slosarczyk, Key Account Sales Manager

In this week’s agronomy update, we would like to discuss a very exciting management practice that we can utilize to get the most yield potential out of our soybean crop this season. At Countryside Landmark, we have been working for the past 5 seasons to formulate the best in-season fertility plan to enhance the ROI for our customers soybean crop. After observing the results of different formulations, we feel that we have come up with a superior fertility blend to take your soybean yields to the next level.  However, before we get into the specifics of the blend, we must understand the nutrient demands of a high yielding soybean crop.

Because soybeans are a legume, their specific nutrient demand differs to that of corn and there are also differences in how we time their nutrient applications. When producing high yielding soybeans, the main nutrients that we need to take into consideration are potassium, phosphorous, sulfur and calcium. Also, nitrogen is extremely important in soybean production. Because they are a legume, soybeans produce their nitrogen needs through biological nitrogen fixation (more on this later). To produce a 70+ bu soybean crop (assuming that our soil test levels are adequate), we would need to apply the following:  Potassium- 105 lbs. of K2O Phosphorous- 73 lbs. of P2O5 and Sulfur- 21 lbs. of actual. Potassium is essential for enzyme activation, cation/anion balance, translocation of nutrients, sugar accumulation and stem strength. Phosphorous is critical in promoting early seedling root development, capturing sun energy during photosynthesis, improved flower formation and seed production. Calcium helps to activate plant enzymes, proper cell wall formation for increased stem strength, root growth, uptake of essential nutrients and is critical in proper nodulation formation. Lastly, sulfur is required for synthesis of amino acids, photosynthesis, chlorophyll formation, seed production and is essential for legumes to promote efficient nitrogen fixation. After understanding the importance of these nutrients and their role in soybean production, we then can better understand how to utilize the proper crop nutrients to maximize production.

Now that we better understand the nuances of proper soybean nutrition, we can get to work on utilizing different fertilizer blends to maximize our soybean production. What we have landed on has been something that we believe is pretty special to enhancing your soybean yields. Enter the new era of split application of soybean nutrients and in crop application. Research has shown that late season uptake is greater in today’s high yielding soybean varieties. We have had tremendous success “top dressing” soybeans with the proper blend of calcium sulfate and potash.  What makes calcium sulfate so special for the ideal soybean fertilizer you may ask? Well, there are a few factors that make it the perfect fit to supply calcium and sulfur to your soybean crop. Calcium sulfate is pH neutral which is important to enhancing nondual formation. It has no nitrogen, so it does not promote unnecessary vegetative growth. Most importantly, it is the ideal form of sulfur to supply your crops in season demand.

Let’s move into supplying additional late season potassium to your crop. As discussed above, potassium is critical to translocation of all nutrients in your plant. This is especially true when we experience dry conditions which we typically find later in the growing season when soybeans are in their reproductive phase.

Now, the most exciting aspect of our top dress program – the results. University data over multiyear trials in Iowa have shown 10-12 bu yield enhancements. In 2020, with Countryside Landmark Innovation Trials, we observed a 9.4 bu yield advantage replicated over 11 soybean varieties. Another situation that we see ever more yield enhancement. One of the key environments we have observed success in is utilizing this program on coarse textured and shallow soil types. Lastly, many of our customers that have been employing this program have seen similar results on their own farms. The best timing to optimize this application is in the late vegetative stage up to just prior to R1.

Untreated Soybeans

Treated Soybeans with KGYP

In closing, we are extremely excited by the results of our in-season top dress fertility program on soybeans. At Countryside Landmark, it is part of our Mission to bring you solutions that maximize yield potential and overall profitability on your farm. If you are interested in learning more about our top dress program, please reach out to one of your local agronomists and take your soybean crop to the next level in 2021.


From the Field 5-18-2021

Join Agronomy Account Managers Dennis McGuire and Anthony Preston in today’s From the Field as they do a demo to illustrate the mixing procedure in the sprayer.

As always, make sure to contact your local agronomist with any questions you may have. Stay safe!

From the Field 5-12-2021

From the Field this week is Nick Bloomberg, talking about planting progress, the outlook for the next few weeks, and how you can plan ahead to maximize your success with high-quality herbicide and fungicide programs offered by Countryside Landmark.

As always, make sure to contact your local agronomist with any questions you may have. Stay safe!

From the Field 5-7-2021

For this week’s From the Field, YieldEdge agronomists Jim Doolittle and Haily Soldner show off Countryside Landmark’s new drones. They discuss how the drones will be used to evaluate corn and soybean stand counts across an entire 100 acre field in under 15 minutes.

As always, make sure to contact your local agronomist with any questions you may have. Stay safe!

Stand Counts and Assessment in Corn

Joe Slosarczyk, Key Account Sales Manager

This week, we would like to discuss the importance of proper stand counts and overall stand assessment. The most important field pass of the year is during planting. This sets the stage for optimizing your stands overall yield potential and ultimately your profit potential per acre. Once we have done all we can to optimize success at planting, we can then evaluate your stand once your corn crop has fully emerged. The proper way to access a stand is what we would like to focus on next.

  1. There are a few key factors to evaluating your corn’s emergence. Evaluating the stands population is the first step in this process. As technology has evolved at a rapid pace in our industry, we have several exciting platforms to help us efficiently evaluate our stands. At Countryside Landmark we have 2 drone platforms that we utilize for stand assessments in both Drone Deploy and Sentara technologies. By utilizing drone technology, we can cover a lot of acres in both an accurate and efficient manner. This will be done by either a quadcopter or a fixed wing drone. Once we have flown the respective fields, this technology will tell us our stands population throughout the field which allows us to ground truth in what the drone technology is telling us. At this point, we can then go out and physically measure our stands density. The standard guideline that we would recommend is to then measure multiple areas in the field to substantiate the population. Measure out 1/1000th of an acre based on your row width. For example, with a 30-inch row spacing, measure out a length of 17 feet 5 inches. Average the counts and multiply the average number of plants by 1,000 to obtain the plant population per acre. For 20-inch row spacing, you will measure 26 feet 2 inches and in a 15-inch row spacing you will measure 34 feet 10 inch. 
  2. The next step in evaluating our stand is to measure the consistency of our plant spacing and placement of the planter pass. We measure this consistency by measuring the standard deviation of the spacing. Once we have measured this, it will give us an overall idea of the consistency of our plant spacing which is very important to achieving maximum yield potential.  Below is an example.
  3. The final step in evaluating your stand is uniformity of the plants growth stage and looking at the overall health of the stand. As stated above, trying to achieve as low of a standard deviation as possible will help to ensure that each plant is at the same growth stage. We then check for possible insect damage, disease presence, soil conditions (compaction in the root zone), proper seeding depth and overall health of your young plants.

In closing, we hope we have covered many of the important factors and useful techniques that we utilize to evaluate the performance of your corn stands. If you would like one of your Countryside Landmark agronomists to help support you in this evaluation, please reach out as we would be glad to lend our assistance. It is our goal to bring you the best solutions to maximize your crops performance during our 2021 season.