Curious what’s happening throughout our territory? Members of our agronomy team weigh in below with what they’re seeing in fields so far this season.
Aaron Helbling Scouting Report
CHS New Horizons in French
Corn: A lot of corn fields are growing really fast, and early sprays have been keeping most fields really clean. Keep checking on fields as they get close to canopy, remembering that chemical options start to get fewer and fewer as your corn grows. We are also getting to the stages where tissue testing will show fertilizer needs.
Soybeans: Pre’s worked great this year but are breaking down fast. Throwing in some residual for late flushing weeds such as waterhemp on these passes should get you to canopy really clean. Be aware of dicamba deadlines, and have a backup plan ready. With a lot of moisture and beans getting close to flowering, remember last year’s issues with white mold and ask about fungicide timings.
Wheat: Wheat is approaching heading fast, we have seen great results with fungicide treatment at heading (especially in moist conditions).
Alfalfa: Seeing more alfalfa weevil this year, after first cutting is a prime time to be watching for weevils.
Sam Westby Scouting Report
CHS New Horizons in Chokio
In our area, corn is sitting around V5-V6, and spraying is going well so far. Soybeans are all over the board as far as stages – averages are around V3-V4, and they are looking good. The eastern part of our territory is looking a bit too wet, and around Chokio things are okay but still a little on the wet side. looking forward, continue monitoring weeds and get them sprayed as needed, especially as things begin to dry up in the next week.
James Svendsgaard Scouting Report
CHS New Horizons in Fergus East
Our area is wet, with 2-3” of rain over the weekend. On the plus side, we have enough moisture in the ground with a good number of GDUs already, so it’s a ‘good problem’ to have as the crops are growing well. Beans are starting to get weedy, so now is the time to get them sprayed. Corn has been growing extremely fast and a lot is already canopied. With this in mind, we are in our last push for corn topdressing. Wheat is looking very good – the majority is finished with topdressing. With wheat, think about fungicide as they move into heading to help prevent dockage at elevators in the fall.