Chase the Weeds
"Get the corn clean and then start chasing the weeds in beans," Kevin Carlson, Federated's senior agronomist said. The crops are growing nicely - but so are the weeds.
"Giant ragweed is more than doubling and tripling in size in four to five days," said Carlson. It's important to be paying close attention to what's happening. "Monitor fields and get herbicides on as soon as possible," he said, noting that the soybean pre-emerge herbicides are "really paying off because it's giving us a good chance to get things set up for a second pass."
The pre-emerge herbicides worked "quite well," he noted, and most of the area got the moisture that was needed.
Some areas were adversely affected by a hailstorm, and growers in those areas are facing a different sort of challenge, but most growers in Federated's service areas are challenged by the fact that many things are happening at the same time because crops were planted closer together this year. That doesn't change the need for "growers to monitor their fields," said Carlson.
Scout the Soybeans
Matt Kurtz, manager at Federated's Rush City location, stressed the need to "check early and check often." Soybeans need to be systematically checked, especially those with a history of weeds or disease. "Many weed and insect issues can be identified early and dealt with accordingly before any major yield damage has occurred," he said.
Kurtz also noted that the tight margins on the farm heighten the need for preserving - and maximizing - yield, "especially when it comes to weed control."
He noted that some of the more challenging weeds, such as giant ragweed and waterhemp, can get out of hand very quickly if fields are not regularly scouted. "Those two are specifically difficult to control post-emerge in soybeans."
Similarly, the aphid population can explode to threshold levels in a matter of a couple days and cause irreparable damage to the soybean crop. Scouting early and often will help growers see when treatment is needed, and get it done expeditiously.
Carlson reminded growers to "stay in touch with Federated [especially if you want custom application], and always ask the important questions of your
As an added note, RR 2 Xtend® soybeans have been planted in several areas and "we are just now starting to 'play' with the chemistry [such as Engenia®] in those fields," said Carlson. He noted the especially important need to read and follow label directions regarding nozzles, drift, etc., to help steward that product and trait.