From the Field Updates
It has been a challenging year with delayed planting, poor planting conditions, and now cool temperatures. I’m seeing a lot of compaction issues in corn fields from being worked and planted to wet, but there weren’t many options. This has led to limited root growth and poor uptake of nutrients. Nitrogen in many cases has been washed out of the root zone and deficiency has really been showing up in the last month, especially on fields not side dressed. The cool August has slowed down corn maturity but has also slowed disease development. We started to see Grey leaf and northern leaf blight show up in late July early August, but I haven’t seen those diseases explode like in previous years. I’m hearing of some tar spot showing up in the area but I have not seen any to date. Overall there’s a decent crop of corn out there, we just need to get it finished. Silage harvest has begun with some guys taking shorter season hybrids, but it’s off to a slow start. I think that will change this week. Call your Landmark agronomist and have them do a test to see where it’s at.
Beans, like corn, are all over the place. Some early planted fields are starting to turn and I’m still finding flowers in other fields. Aphids and Japanese beetles have stayed in check for the most part. The last few weeks there have been some sudden death and brown stem rot showing up in fields. It’s looking like a late bean harvest which could make it challenging to get wheat planted before the insurance date.
I’ve had a lot of calls all summer from guys wondering why their alfalfa hasn’t been producing. A lot of the alfalfa stands that looked like they made it through the winter really didn’t. They’re dead and they just didn’t know it. You can really tell a lot about your stand by walking it two-three weeks after cutting. If you see plants with a lot of variability in height there is a problem. Call your local Landmark agronomist and have them dig some plants and look at the difference in crown and root health. If that field didn’t produce this year even after fertilizing it, it’s probably time for it to go. These fields could be a good options for getting some wheat in.
Thanks and have a safe harvest.