Agronomy Alert: In-Season Update for Aug. 3, 2018

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  • Michigan update from Terry Schulz, Account Manager: Michigan has improved a bit, but corn has definitely lost significant yield due to drought. Western and northern Michigan have generally fared better on rain, central and eastern Michigan are drying out once again. The Thumb has received minor rains but is still suffering. There is serious armyworm pressure in spots this year, leaving a few guys wishing they’d planted a trait for it. Two spotted spider mites are coming on strong in the driest areas. Some applications are being made. For more information, email Terry.
  • Minnesota update from Jeffrey Sorenson, Sales Agronomist: Minnesota is moving through summer very quickly. The cool weather this week was a nice break for the crops, but this has also been perfect for aphids. Corn is just getting into brown silking, moving to blister. Diseases have been fairly light so far, but some late season diseases have started to show up this week. There is a lot of nitrogen deficiency showing up on corn that wasn’t side dressed. For more information, email Jeffrey.
  • North Dakota update from Mike Tofsrud, Sales Agronomist: The corn crop is moving right along with many areas finishing up on pollination. We are finding some Goss‘s Wilt in areas. Areas of concern are fields that were injured by hail earlier in the growing season. We’re also seeing some aphids in corn. At this stage of the season, if your corn is finished pollinating, it is not much of a concern. Soybeans are tracking ahead in regard to maturity compared to the average at this time of year. We are roughly two weeks ahead of normal. With that being said, be sure to keep an eye on your crop as it will be maturing earlier than normal. I have seen some leaf diseases in areas, mainly bacterial blight and septoria brown spot. In most areas I have visited, if we get one more decent shot of rain on our beans I feel we are set up well to finish the season. For more information, email Mike.
  • South Dakota update from Nick Brandenburg, Sales Agronomist: South Dakota’s crops are progressing ahead of last year’s crops. The majority of the corn is silking and some is approaching the dough stage. The recent mild summer temperatures have been perfect for the pollinating corn. Northern Corn Leaf Blight and other diseases may start appearing, so fields should be monitored. Soybeans are also maturing ahead of the average with over half already setting pods. Canopies are closing fast, and white mold may start to be a problem again as humidity rises. Winter wheat harvest is wrapping up, and spring wheat harvest is off to a great start. For more information, email Nick.
  • Wisconsin update from Jacob Andrle, Account Manager: Crops overall are looking great across the state west to east, but some areas are getting dry and could use some timely rains in the next week. Corn is mostly pollinated and in blister stage, and soybeans are at R3/R4 growth stage in most areas. Corn rootworm beetles have started to emerge in the western part of the state with numbers being minimal so far, and the flush of armyworms we saw a few weeks ago are now done. In soybeans, the cooler than average temperatures and dry weather have allowed aphid populations to grow, and a few are at threshold levels. Japanese beetles are also becoming a common sight in fields to the west and south with populations below the threshold to spray. For more information, email Jake.

If you have questions, please contact your local Legend Seeds agronomist for guidance. We are here to help!

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