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Take 10

During harvest, allow yourself 10 minutes per field. There's more to look at in a corn hybrid or soybean variety than just the yield. Yes, I agree yield is the most important factor, but there are other things to consider.

  • Do you see logged stalks or plants?
  • Do you see signs of diseases?
  • Do you see signs of insect damage?
  • Did mother nature throw you a curve this season? (Early frost, hail, wind damage, too much moisture, not enough moisture)
  • Did you have adequate fertility for your crop?
  • Do you see any signs of deficiencies like Nitrogen leaching, barren stalks, or your crop matured earlier than it should have?

These are some things to consider as your harvest progresses.

Last but not least, please take an additional 10 minutes to make sure you're working safely and taking the time needed to do your job the right way!

Have a Safe and bountiful harvest!

Midwest Region Harvest Update

Harvest has begun in the Midwest region! Most growers I have talked to are happy with the yields they are seeing so far, with the growing season they have had. From my perspective, the higher yields are coming from the growers that had a plan and executed it all season long! They planted in good conditions, had a great fertility plan, applied a fungicide, and are targeting corn harvest in the mid to lower 20’s.
Soybeans are also getting started and once again, these growers had a plan! They chose a herbicide program that controlled their weeds and in 75% of the whole field yields I have heard of, those growers chose to go with a Liberty system. These soybeans had fungicide applied and a few of the better yields had a foliar spray applied as well.
Agronomically, the corn crop as a whole looks pretty good. I’m not seeing very much lodging in my travels, except a few spots of Anthracnose, and some minor root lodging in some low lying wetter areas. I have also seen some Anthracnose Top Dieback, which led to some premature plant death. This isn’t cause a whole lot of damage, it’s just making setting the combine a little more difficult.
On the Soybean side, the northern region seems to be hit hard by white mold this year. Frequent precipitation and cooler temperatures have let this pathogen thrive. Stands in the central and southern regions seem to be holding up so far.

Central Region Harvest Update

Harvest is underway in the Central Region and varies greatly from north to south and east to west. Most silage is complete and producers have moved to high moisture corn and earlage in the northern parts of the region. Corn grain harvest has been going for at least a week in the central and southern reaches.
I’ve seen and heard of some higher than normal ear rots and molds, so please keep this in mind when making harvest schedules, as well as shipping and storage plans.
Soybean harvest activity is also highly variable. A lot of combines are rolling in most parts of the region. east-central Iowa, southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois are about 7-to-10 days behind because of planting delays and frequent rains. Some fields in southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa, northern Illinois and western Wisconsin have white mold. In these area, conditions were ideal in early summer for white mold. Make notes on affected fields and varieties so we can better manage white mold next year and beyond.