From the Field 5-13-2020

There have been a couple of windows for planting here in the east, and with temps below normal, some ground has been slow to dry out. We had some early planting in the second half of April with a lot of corn and beans going in the ground. Then 4 to 6 inches of rain held us out for a week. Growers got back in the field for few days before we had this current spot of rain, with heavy rain forecasted for the end of the week.

Corn planted early has started to emerge as we speak, with beans close as well, and most of it seems to look okay. With heavy crust and cold temps, some corn is pushing sideways, and time will tell how seedlings come through the cold weather.

The small amount of wheat that did get planted is inconsistent, with a lot of drowned-out spots and poor stands. We are trying to finish up post-herbicide passes on the better stands. With the cold, wet weather growers with wheat should be thinking about getting a fungicide pass lined up for control of head scab. Talk to your Landmark agronomist for some options to control head scab.

With cold soil temperatures and dry conditions slowing the emergence of corn and soybeans fields, the next couple of weeks should be an ideal time to assess the stands. Inform growers of your findings so they can make informed decisions regarding this year’s crop and adjust equipment or plans for next year.

Current conditions could also present an opportunity to address weed problems with soil residue herbicides that must be applied pre-emergence. Make arrangements with growers for how and when top dress fertilizer applications will be made. Consider utilizing tissue testing as an option this season to establish crop nutrient needs for macro and micronutrients. Take time to reevaluate alfalfa and wheat stands while it’s still relatively early in the season. Some growers are finding that stands that looked good earlier are not acceptable now, and are rotating to another crop. In addition, set up top dress applications for hay crops after the first crop is made in a few weeks, and include boron with phosphorus and potassium in those applications.