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The Agronomy Avenue - September 2016

Well it’s that time of year again... the Wood Lake Fair has come to an end and that means harvest is right around the corner. As everyone starts to pull out their equipment to get ready to ramp up for the fall, be watchful of traffic with the detour running through town. Everyone seems to be in a hurry and doesn’t always slow down for large vehicles.

A couple things I have seen this past summer is that we seemed to have been able to control the waterhemp a lot better this year than in years past, especially since it was another perfect year for it again. The control seemed to be a combination of application timing, mixing multiple modes of action, and also having a pre-emergence out there to give the crop a head start. Although in middle to late August we started seeing some waterhemp and ragweed popping through the canopy, but it is a lot less than last year. With that being said, in the soybeans I have seen some fields with white mold due to the cool, cloudy, wet and humid weather at flowering. This is something to keep in mind going into next year. If you know you have a problem, a good strategy to help prevent the spread of white mold in soybeans is fungicide at R1 up to R3 and trying to leave the problem fields for last. In the corn fields, I have noticed Goss’s Wilt, which is typically brought on by strong winds and/or hail.  The management of Goss’s Wilt is primarily semi-controllable by product selection, crop rotation, tillage and weed management. I have also been seeing more and more cover crops being put down around the area. I checked out some fields last year that had a combination of rye, radish, triticale and vetch. Looking at the ground last spring it seemed to work great for cover and as a tillage tool. This spring we did a little root dig which showed how mellow the ground was and also showed us roots from the rye 36”+ down in the ground. So if you are thinking about doing some, stop in and I can get you some pricing, and some good quality seed usually within a day’s time.

With fall coming quick, we are getting the machines and equipment ready for a safe successful fall. I’m sure we will see a lot of you while we are out in the fields or around the elevator while you haul the crops to town. If you have any questions or would like any fertilizer pricing, give me or one of the guys a shout. Again thank you for your continued support and have a safe bountiful harvest!

Brooks Torke
Agronomy Manager

Agronomy Team:  Jared Bakken, Reed Raddatz