From the Field

As fall approaches, we find ourselves challenged once again in Wisconsin. Humid weather paired with large amounts of rain has made it difficult for our dairy farmers that are trying to get silage corn off in a timely fashion. Dairies aren’t the only ones that have been affected by mother nature, combines have been held at bay from harvesting soybeans due to the recent moisture as well. I do not think that other than a later harvest that we will see many issues with our bean harvest. However, I do have some concerns with our upcoming corn harvest. My main concern lies with those farms where no fungicides have been applied, due to the growing amount of tar spots being found. In these fields, the increased amount of moisture is causing stalk rot. That could potentially cause corn to be toppled over making harvest difficult, resulting in a loss of bushels and potentially lower test weights and higher moisture due to disease.

On a more positive note, it looks like the weather is going to break our way for a few days. Knowing the determination of our farmers, they will make the most of this window and get their harvest in. It is also important to get your wheat and cover crops planted as soon as possible.

Thank you for letting us be a part of your operation. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please reach out to your Landmark agronomist for help.

Have a safe harvest!