10.27.20 News from Your Federated Agronomists
Soybean Discovery Plot Results In
Federated’s Soybean Discovery Plot harvest was completed just before the early snow. View plot data here. The Nov. 10th edition of the Agronomy Update will include a summary and perspectives from your Federated Agronomists.
drone shot of soybean harvest
Crop Management Continues Through Harvest
With soybeans wet from recent snow, propane dryers will be firing up to dry the beans. Corn, however, “is really dry; it is standing well [at this point], but it has been dead a long time,” said Kevin Carlson, Federated’s agronomy sales manager.

Growers have switched to harvesting corn – thanks to the weather – and they are seeing moisture content of 16-18% and “nice test weights of “57-60 lb./bu.,” said Carlson.

Carlson anticipates that though the soybeans “sucked up the moisture” from the heavy wet snow last week, there shouldn't ... Read more.
Federated truck at harvest
Seed Orders: Procrastination Can Be Costly
As growers turn to harvesting corn – with soybean harvest interrupted by early snow – “it’s time to get a little more serious about seed orders,” said Bob Marquette, Federated agronomist at the Albertville location.

The biggest issue potentially facing growers this year is the supply of Enlist® seed. Federated evaluated need in the co-op’s service areas and ordered seed, including Enlist, accordingly, but the demand will be high in 2021.

Demand will also be high for XtendFlex® soybeans ... Read more.
corn and soybean seed on $100 bills
XtendFlex® Soybeans Receive Full Market Approval
This fall Bayer® received full market approval for their XtendFlex® soybeans, paving the way for sale in 2021. XtendFlex beans are stacked with three traits: Roundup®, Xtend®, and Liberty®.

Since approval was still pending, there were no XtendFlex soybeans planted in the Discovery Plots, but Bayer had their own XtendFlex plots within Federated’s geography, so plot data is available for review. XtendFlex soybeans have Bayer’s own seed genetics stacked with the new XtendFlex trait ... Read more.
approved stamp
It’s the Right Time for Fall Ag Lime
According to Craig Peterson, Federated agronomist at the Ogilvie location, here are the best reasons to apply ag lime in the fall:

  1. Field conditions. Fields are generally in better condition in the fall, making it easier to get into the fields to apply lime. Spring snow melt impedes lime applications.
  2. Time. You have more time in the fall than in the spring when the planter beckons! By the time the fields are dry enough for lime application in the spring ... Read more.
ag lime application