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.
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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.
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?