Many areas within the corn belt experienced a wet growing season and, in some cases, there were many acres that did not get planted. Managing these “idle” acres is as important as managing an actual crop. Weed management is an important step in this process as we head into the upcoming growing season.
Many acres across the corn belt were too wet to plant in the spring of 2019. Because of this, the fields that were supposed to produce a row crop and possibly have a fertilizer application sat dormant and unproductive. Often when this happens, the following year’s crop can show signs of nutrient deficiency and reduced yield, even if that crop is planted in a timely fashion and has the full season to grow. This condition is known as Fallow Syndrome.
After an extremely wet season, such as 2019, it can be tempting for a grower to consider reducing the cost of pest control the following season in order to reduce overall costs. This may or may not be a good idea. Before reducing pest control costs, here are some factors a grower should consider.
The 2019 silage harvest came to an end for Legend Seeds when we were able to travel to North Dakota before the winter weather arrived. We sampled 9 hybrids at Grand Forks, ND and 16 hybrids at Colfax, ND. All samples are in the fermenting process and will be sent to the lab soon.
Stalk lodging presents itself worse in some years than others and this is one of those years. Lodging may occur near the crown, above or below the ear, and sometimes higher in the stalk. There are several factors to consider that lead to stalk lodging.
A commitment toward innovation and choice has always been at the forefront of the Legend Seeds product offerings to provide dealers and growers with access to leading-edge technologies and yield enhancement solutions to boost yield and maximize ROI. One product that was introduced in the spring of 2019 and will be offered again through Legend Seeds in 2020 is Envita™, produced by Azotic North America.
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.