The Legend Seeds Crop Talk Moments are a weekly series throughout the summer to bring you agronomic insights from Legend Seeds agronomists on the in-season highlights of how our hybrids and varieties are performing across our footprint.
This week, Jake Andrle, Legend Sales Agronomist, was in Owatonna, MN to review the performance of LR 9999 VT2PRIB:
Because of the unique circumstances that we are in this year, Legend Seeds is working hard to provide cropping options to meet your needs. Cover crops can be a good way to take advantage of an otherwise unfortunate situation. Benefits accomplished with these cover crops will put farmers at an advantage for the following cash crop and for years to come. As the demand for traditional cover crop seed rises and becomes hard to find, there are other crops that may be classified as a cover crop and may be planted on your prevent plant acres.
Due to the excessive rain and saturated soils that many farmers are experiencing, our typical crops are not getting planted, leaving farmers to develop alternative planting plans. Many farmers are taking prevented planting designation on acres that they could not get planted. After taking prevent plant, what do you do with these fields?
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.
When everything looks great from a distance, don’t forget to get out of the pickup and check your sunflower fields for cutworms this time of year. Sunflowers can have irreversible damage in the seedling stage from several species of cutworms. Damage is caused by cutting off the seedling, sometimes below the cotyledon or before they even emerge out of the ground. As the plant matures, damage moves to the leaves and the plant is typically able to recover (V4-V6 stage).
Warm and dry weather has finally arrived and will hopefully continue. Some growers will just be getting started, but for others, their sunflowers have been sitting in the cold, wet ground for 14-21 days. We hear about growing degree days (GDD) a lot with corn, but not as much as sunflowers. How many GDD are actually needed from planting to emergence for sunflowers? Are there any concerns for growers that have had their sunflowers sitting in the soil un-emerged?
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.
Everyone is eager to be out in the fields and planting this time of year. However, unseasonably cold temperatures and wet conditions have been the theme for much of our area. When we think about planting soybeans, this is one crop that we should probably consider waiting to plant until conditions are more favorable.
The Research team kicked off the planting season over in Bloomer, Wisconsin Monday afternoon, May 6th.