Anthracnose stalk rot has been showing increased pressure in locations that have had moisture stress this year. Before you head out to the field with your combine, get out to the field and look for symptoms of anthracnose stalk rot.
Spring seeding of alfalfa is often preferred in many regions of the U.S. However, a late-summer seeding can be successful if proper management techniques are applied. The following information is a summary of some frequently asked questions (FAQ) and some current university recommendations and guidelines for successful late summer seedings of alfalfa.
At a time when many farmers are looking forward to harvest beginning a few weeks down the road, we cannot become complacent about what is happening in your fields. If the crop is not in the bin, the opportunity for loss is still present.
Looking at and evaluating your current nitrogen and sulfur programs is IMPERATIVE to pushing yields and making improvements in the future. Every year is key to be evaluating nitrogen/sulfur programs with the losses that can happen throughout the year.
The growing season of 2021 has provided many areas in the Midwest with favorable conditions for possible southern corn rust development. Currently in the Midwest, southern rust has been observed in southeast Kansas, Missouri, and southern Illinois. Current numbers are low, but if high humidity and temperatures continue the pathogen could spread quickly.
AgVenture, Inc., is pleased to announce that Grant Christensen has accepted the role of Regional Business Development Manager for the West, beginning June 14, 2021. Grant has spent the last ten years in various roles in sales, marketing, and management in the seed and crop protection businesses with Dow AgroSciences, Corteva Agriscience, and AgReliant Genetics.
Time seems to be in short supply, especially right now as farmers are busy with planting, last-minute fertilizations, and field prep. In the midst of all the chaos, it can be easy to lose track of the fields that have been planted and what they need as they develop, emerge and grow.
The threat of black cutworms is a possibility every year. These pests arrive yearly in April and May with spring storms after migrating from the South. Their damage can range from very little to severe cases of stand loss in cornfields. Midwest cornfields serve as a main hotspot for these insects.
Alfalfa crops face many insects throughout their growing season. Some of these insects are beneficial and control a variety of pest species throughout the season, while others have the ability to decrease forage tonnage and quality.
Two of the pests that you could be seeing this year are Wireworms and False Wireworms. I will cover the differences between them and tell you a quick way of telling them apart without having to send them to a lab or count body parts. Both pests can attack your corn seedlings and reduce stands or stunt plants thus reducing your yields.