This being the first week of June, the majority of our trade area crops were planted in a 30-day window this year. Many growers have seen this as promising to the 2020 cropping season, planting acres that haven’t been touched for many years. Even now with the heavy rains of last week and a wet start to this week, we are seeing a lot of crops progressing in the countryside.
Crop scouting has begun here at CHS across our territory, something I rarely ever see, as some of our trade areas are usually behind or ahead of the rest. Across our territory I am seeing much of the same issues arise this year. Nutrient deficiencies in corn and soybean are starting to pop up due to the extremes in soil moisture and temperature. If your fields are showing signs of a nutrient deficiency or you suspect a deficiency is occurring, contact your agronomist to help get your fields back in check with a crop tissue test or a soil nitrate test. These cost-effective tools can help diagnose specifics in your field, to help pinpoint and capture yield limiting issues while the corn is still manageable. Using our scouting tool Agellum™ on farm can then help organize record keeping of other issues that may have been found in taking the tissue sample, and to geo-reference our sampling to attain a more realistic picture of the field.
Crop nutrient stress and pre-emerge herbicide efficacy has been the story for much of our area this spring. Starting out with the lack of moisture and then a switch to excessive moisture you should watch fields for weed escapes. You may want to get a game plan together for a second pass approach to manage these weeds before they too become yield limiting. Also, if you have some prevent plant ground from last year, watch these areas more in depth, as the general seed bank has changed in these fields with the change in cropping.
Overall, the last note is on insect presence, up until late last week the presence of insects has been minimal with the cool weather. But with the warm weather last week we are beginning to see enough heat units ramp up to provide issues in late planted corn. We should start seeing populations on the rise into second crop hay. So, keep an eye out on those fields that may have had a history of insect presence in the past and watch any early cut hay that could begin regrowth before other stands.
Written by Alex Yost, YieldPoint Program Specialist