Tips for Protecting Yield in the Field – 2019 Edition

Lyncee ZuehlsRain, rain and more rain. That about sums up the 2019 growing season so far in most regions of the country. Now is the time to look at how you can manage the growing season to protect the potential yield in the field.

Postemergence herbicide applications on corn and soybeans

Know the type and size of your weeds. Now that it’s July and our temperatures are rising; those weeds will be growing very quickly. Waterhemp, giant ragweed and marestail are fast-growing weeds that can take over your fields quickly. Scout fields with your Landmark agronomist to identify problems to make accurate recommendations for your herbicide program.

Don’t short your crops.

With a compressed season, it’s tempting to cut back on application expenses. You only have one shot at making a post-emergence herbicide application this year, so make it count. If you need to go back for a respray when your corn is at V12 or later, your herbicide options are severely limited, and crop damage or other problems dramatically increases. Don’t cut rates and be sure to use an adjuvant. Take the time to do it right the first time.

Nutrient applications on corn and soybeans

Plan a tissue-testing strategy. Tissue sampling is one way to identify plant nutrition deficiencies before you see symptoms in the field. A proactive sampling plan can help you pinpoint where your fertility plan may be falling short. That means you can supplement those nutrients that are needed instead of fertilizing blindly, which may be less economical. Combined with soil sampling, tissue sampling is an effective diagnostic tool for mitigating plant nutrition deficiencies and agronomic issues in your field.

Use ag tech to identify problems and opportunities

This year, it will be critical to identify the parts of your fields that look good and should be invested in to optimize profitability potential, versus those areas that are drowned out and don’t need a nutrient application. You can use the R7®Field Monitoring Tool to compare your fields. This tool can also help you pinpoint your fields with the high yield potential. Additionally, in-season imagery from the R7® Tool can help you identify variability in each field which allows you to concentrate your inputs on the places that have the greatest yield and ROI potential. You can then easily create a variable rate script from the zones in the in-season image. This targeted approach will help you make the most of your inputs and help maximize return at the end of the season.

Fungicide applications on corn and soybeans

Use multiple modes of action. Apply a fungicide with multiple modes of action because your plants will be growing rapidly and you’ll want to manage any disease pressure quickly. A good example is a broad-spectrum, preventive fungicide recommended for the control of many corn and soybean diseases.

Don’t use less than the recommended rate. You may hear that if your plants are smaller than normal, you can cut down on your fungicide rates. This is not a recommended practice; in fact, it’s the quickest way to build resistance to a fungicide. Use the recommended rate.

Look at your hybrid’s Response to Fungicide Score.

A Response to Fungicide (RTF) score can help you determine how a particular hybrid will perform when sprayed with a fungicide. The score comes from replicated field-trials where hybrids sprayed with a fungicide at V5 and VT are compared to hybrids with no fungicide treatment. After measuring the yield difference between hybrids, a score of high, medium or low response is assigned to each hybrid based on its yield difference between the treated and non-treated compared to all hybrids tested. Ask you Landmark agronomist for more information on RTF scores on the specific hybrids you planted.

Bottom line: Don’t write this season off. As the season progresses, you’ll have opportunities to apply herbicides, fungicides and crop nutrients to help protect your yield and ROI potential. Work closely with your Landmark agronomist to make sure you give your crops a fair shot at success.

Grain News: December 11, 2018 – WASDE Report Out Today; Trump Tweets “Productive Conversations”

Kasey of Landmark


There are a few news articles to catch up on today-

The new Farm Bill is finally getting presented to the House and Senate today. Hopefully there should be some resolution as it is processed as early as next week. What will this do for grain? It is said to have improvements to the major commodity programs. It also looks like there will be more incentives for conservation programs.

WASDE report comes out today at 11:00am. We will have better numbers as to what will happen in South America as they come into harvest with the drought that they have been faced with.  South America should be on your watch list. As you know, they have been very competitive in the bean market and have been helping China out in their time of need. Between the WASDE report and Trump’s morning Tweet of:

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Very productive conversations going on with China! Watch for some important announcements!

You could see some movement in the grain market. Call your grain originator to get an open offer in if you feel the market will reach your target price for old or new crop.

Final comment for the day, Landmark has come out with a Bushel Tracker spreadsheet where you can see fertilizer cost and grain price to create your profit. For more information call any of the other grain originators or myself to discuss how that can work for you!


5 Tips for Success this Corn Silage Season

Silage Season tips

  1. Anticipate Moisture Changes
    Begin harvest at a plant moisture of 70% and ¾ kernel milk line.  Starting a little early is better than starting a little late.  Harvests almost never “go perfect” so anticipate a day or two of down time and don’t let the down time get your corn silage “too dry”.  The goal should be to have the year’s worth of corn silage in the 64% to 67% average.
  1. Use Shaker Boxes
    Talk with your nutritionist and do some shaker boxes on total tmr length and individual forage lengths.  From this, determine how long you want to chop your corn silage.  This value can range from 18 mm up to 30 mm.
  1. Monitor Loads
    Monitor loads as they come in for kernel processing.  In a cup full of silage, there should be no whole kernels and many of the corn pieces should be 1/8 to ¼.
  1. Pack for High Densities
    On large bunkers and piles, make use of a second packing tractor.  Many dairy operations today can chop large feed volumes very fast and this increased volume requires extra weight on the pile to keep packing densities high.
  1. Reduce Shrink
    Preserve your yields and work by using extra plastic layers, oxygen limiting barriers, innoculants, lining bunker walls with plastic, making tires touch and lining edges with dirt to hold down plastic.  These steps can decrease shrink by 5 to 10%.

Content courtesy of Joe Gier, Landmark Dairy Nutritionist

Grain News: July 5, 2018 – Improved Basis for July

Almost all Midwest corn locations improved basis in July. Due to the hot weather in the Midwest, corn is called a few cents higher today. They are calling for Dec 18 corn resistance at 3.67 1/2. Open interest is down. Weekly exports will be delayed until Friday when the US government will also release the official import/export data for the month of May. Deliverable corn stocks are 85% higher than a year ago while soy/wheat stocks are below a year ago.  USDA also announced the sale of 137 tmt of corn to South Korea for the new crop

Beans are called steady to a few cents lower in anticipation of tomorrow’s trade tariffs. They are calling for support for Nov beans at 8.60 ½. China has stated that as soon as US tariffs on Chinese goods go into effect (Friday), their customs agency will start charging retaliatory tariffs on US goods (including beans).

Wheat is steady to higher on falling Eu and FSU production projections. Open interest was up on Tuesdays bounce. The weather looks favorable for the US wheat with the drier conditions helping winter wheat harvest.

As always, give your local Grain Specialist a call if you want to revisit your marketing plan, put open offers in or learn more about our specialty contracts.

Have a great day!