As corn begins to mature and the kernels begin to dent, harvest season is approaching fast! Along with grain harvest comes silage harvest. Our team has been preparing for silage harvest and checking fields to determine the right time to collect silage samples. If the silage is too wet, the sample may ferment poorly. If you wait too long, the kernels will get harder and more difficult for the animals to digest.
Throughout the last couple weeks, we have visited multiple L.E.A.P. locations and are getting excited for silage harvest which will be here before we know it. There were multiple things that we saw at these plots, but two things really stood out: stink bugs and Goss’s wilt.
This past week we were able to visit the Lake Preston L.E.A.P. plot and Blunt L.E.A.P. plot. A recent storm event passed through Blunt, SD and we were very lucky to still have the Blunt L.E.A.P. plot as areas near this location had received baseball size hail and strong winds.
After recent storms passed through the Lake Preston area, we walked the Lake Preston L.E.A.P. plot checking for green snap and root lodging. Green snap happens when strong winds cause the stalk to break, typically at a node. Green snap typically occurs when the stalk is rapidly elongating, resulting in brittle cell walls.
It is that time of year where storms are starting to roll through our area and insects are out in our fields. The research team traveled to Fairfax, MN and noticed wind lodging, also known as “goose necking”, in the plants from a previous wind storm. The goose necking comes from wet soils and strong winds. Late season lodging can lead to a decrease in yields.
Field staking and early season notes are in full swing in the L.E.A.P. plots. We are currently taking notes on populations, non-viable plants, vigor and emergence. The team kicked off notes at Neligh, Nebraska then moved on to Bloomer, Wisconsin and Galesville, Wisconsin. We then moved on to Fairfax, Minnesota and Claremont, Minnesota, finishing for now at Colfax, North Dakota.
The planting crew was on the road again on May 13th and traveled to Colfax, North Dakota. The planter had been worked on over the weekend, so we decided to check the planting depth while at Colfax.