Agronomy Updates


Reminder: If you have Bayer PLUS rewards from the 2020 season, you must redeem those incentives by April 30th, 2021. You can redeem your rewards on the Bayer PLUS website. Failure to do so results in forfeiting the rewards.

 

Corn Stand and Yield

There are many factors that influence corn stand and yield. Some are controllable and while others are not. One thing that is controllable that will help with stand and yield is the planting depth. Across the Midwest, 1.5 to 2.5 inches is recommended from most university extensions. Aiming for that 2 inch range allows good seed to soil contact because moisture levels are consistent there. This allows for even emergence. Planting in this range also allows for a good root system to take hold. Shallower than an inch and a half can lead to lodging. In heavier soils, planting below 2.5 inches, you run the risk of of the seed running out of energy and being able to emerge.  Although planting 3 inches deep in light, sandy soil may have no effect on stand at all. A good rule of thumb for most in the Midwest is to stay between 1.75 to 2.25 inches. Have a safe planting season and contact your West-Con Sales Agronomist with any questions!

 

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Planter Maintenance

As the weather warms up and the snow melts away, it’s time to pull the planter out of the shed and make sure it’s ready to go. It’s been said that the planter is the most important piece of machinery on the farm. Studies show that uniform seed placement and good seed-to-soil contact is crucial to having uniform emergence which maximizes yield potential. Worn out parts can cause inconsistent spacing or seed depth and will ultimately affect yield. Look over these specific row unit parts to ensure they don’t need to be adjusted or replaced:

-disk openers
-gauge wheels
-seed plates and meters
-finger pickups
-seed tube sensors
-row cleaners
-downforce hoses and springs
-closing wheels

Check your settings and be willing to adjust to the soil conditions in-season. Make sure to check the planter over every morning to make sure the planter is still planting as it should. It is also a good idea to hook up all of your electronics and make sure the monitors and GPS are updated and set correctly. If you use Climate, it’s always a good idea to input your fields and seed varieties beforehand to save time once we begin planting. Time spent now on maintenance could save valuable time this spring.

 

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2021 Pre-Season Farm Plans

 Future weather forecasts look promising and fields are starting to dry up.  Now is a good time to go over your farm’s plans for any pre-season changes that need to be made.

Fertilizer- Do you have any field plans that need to be changed, such as blend analysis on the fields, switching crops, or adding more fertilizer? With fertilizer markets as volatile as they are, now is a good time to assess any additional needs for top-dress and side-dress season. 

Seed- Knowing where to plant specific varieties and when is critical to gaining those additional bushels. Making sure the ground is fit to plant to get good seed to soil contact is also a major factor. Do you have enough seed for additional acres that might be picked up later? 

Chemical- Look over your pre-emerge, post-emerge, and fungicide programs. Be sure you have enough chemicals booked to cover additional acres. Discuss which fields you are applying these programs to. 

Having a game plan before the season starts will take some pressure off in season. Contact your West-Con sales agronomist with any questions or concerns you have and stay safe. We look forward to working with you through 2021 season.

 

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Free Delivery 2021 

West-Con will again be offering free delivery of corn seed, packaged soybean seed that is not getting treated, and chemical.  Since it is looking like an earlier spring, we are going to run the free delivery a little earlier this year from March 15th – April 1st.  If conditions allow, we will extend this into April one more week.   Contact your agronomist if this is something you would like to utilize. 

Also, a reminder for anyone who bought Cash and Carry chemical products, the pickup date is March 10th unless there are temperature concerns with certain products like Liberty.   You will be getting a call from your agronomist asking how you would like everything packaged and set up.  

 

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Planning Ahead for Success

What a difference a year can make for planning from February of 2020 to February of 2021. We are seeing a lot better cash prices for next fall along with some favorable weather conditions to get into the field a bit earlier. As we approach spring, keep in contact with your agronomist about any changes. At this time with the increase in commodity prices, fertilizer is extremely volatile and higher than last fall. As with any year, our goal is always to get every bushel per acre. It starts with the right hybrid/variety, a good fertility program and a superb chemical program. But what can we do to extract those extra bushels from the acre? We have seen some great results in the past by applying fungicides on corn and soybeans. Not only from a disease suppression standpoint but also from an increase in yield. The main yield increases can come from healthier plants during pollination/flowering, suppressing any late season diseases that may arise through that time frame and an overall healthier plant is going to stay viable longer giving it a chance to capture those extra bushels. Timing is very critical, much like herbicide, in achieving the best yield when applying fungicides. We have plenty of great options to offer.

Contact your agronomist for more information on any planning or ideas to get the most out of your acre.

 

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Restricted use pesticide license

During this winter season, it is a perfect time to make sure that your private pesticide applicator license is current and not expired. Renewal now allows for a quick process of picking up chemicals in the spring. Having an expired license also means that you are unable to purchase restricted use chemical until it is renewed.  If you have questions or want help checking your license, please contact your West-Con Sales Agronomist or visit the link below for more information.

https://www.mda.state.mn.us/private-pesticide-applicator-certification

 

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Benefits of Prepay Chemical

As 2020 comes to an end, it is that time of year to start looking at our chemical plans for the 2021 growing season. Getting your chemical booked early is essential for a few key reasons.  They include but are not limited to:

  • Taking advantage of aggressive finance options through JDF for multiple chemical companies
  • Early season discounts are in effect and now is the best time to take advantage of aggressive early season pricing
  • A chemical order locks in prices and discounts but payment can be deferred until January 10th, 2021.

To take advantage of these early season discounts and programs, contact your West-Con agronomist today with questions. Also, as a friendly reminder, please allow yourself plenty of time to get prepay checks into the office before December 31st or the deferred January 10th date.

  

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Benefits of Early Seed Orders

Now that harvest is wrapping up, we can analyze yield data from 2020 and begin making decisions for 2021. There are many benefits of committing to a seed order early:

  • JDF and Rabo offer their most aggressive financing options to early orders. The first deadlines for financing are November 17th for Bayer and November 27th for Croplan.
  • Cash discounts and seed company programs are maximized when committing early. Program deadlines for Croplan and Bayer products are November 17th, 2020.
  • A seed order locks in prices and discounts, but payment can be deferred until January 10th, 2021.
  • Some seed hybrids and seed sizes along with varieties and traits are likely to be in high demand and can greatly stress the supply and availability, so there is no question ordering your seed choices early will greatly better your odds of getting the ones you want. As you get time, be sure to check out the yield results of the Nutrien Horizon and Innovative Plots in Holloway by clicking on this link. Another good reference is the Answer Plots by Winfield.
  • Adding soybean seed treatment to the seed order saves money on the treatment as well.

The early harvest season has provided us with more time to lock in seed orders before the deadlines. Contact your local West-Con agronomist today!

 

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The Importance of Soil Sampling

It is that time of year when the combines are getting greased and we are gearing up for another harvest, which seems to be shaping up to be a very good one yield wise. This is the time of year that we should be evaluating our nutrient management plans and start finding out which fields need to have a soil test done on them.

There are many great benefits taking a soil test. Nutrient levels being the key one everyone thinks of but it also gives you PH, cation exchange capacity (nutrient holding capacity) and organic matter amongst others. A soil test should be treated like a report card for your nutrient management plan. Evaluation along with the proper fertilizers and at the right time all play a significant role on the results of the soil sample.

 

 

When taking a soil sample, make sure to take eight to ten cores per sample from representative areas of the field. You can use soil maps (majority of soil type) or even yield map history. Basic rule of thumb is don’t poke the probe in the cow pie and stay off the top of hills. Once you sample the field, get into the rhythm of taking those cores from the same place every 2 to 3 years. You can GPS the coordinates to come back to the next time. If you do it in the fall, try to stay into the routine of doing it in the fall for those fields.

West-Con can either take the sample for you or you can get some soil sampling bags from us and you can bring them in to us and we will get them to where they need to be.

 

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Early Seed Orders

With harvest right around the corner, there is no better time to lock in seed orders for next year. Locking in early seed orders now has many benefits. First off, you will receive the largest seed discounts we offer for the year. On top of the seed discounts, you are also eligible for the best financing options we have. It also locks priority on seed if seed varieties get shorthanded.

 

Talk to your West-Con Sales Agronomist about booking your seed order for next year.

   

 

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Fall Fertilizer Application

With small grain harvest all but wrapped up in the upper Midwest, it is a good time of the year to start thinking about fall fertilizer application of phosphorous and potassium. We sometimes forget the importance of these two macronutrients so as a reminder: phosphorous plays a role in photosynthesis, respiration, and energy storage and transfer. Potassium increases root growth, boosts drought tolerance, and enhances photosynthesis. A few benefits of applying these nutrients in the fall are they are more plant available in the spring, you can take advantage of early season fertilizer prices, and less wait time then in the spring.

A few things to remember when applying fall fertilizer is that the earlier you get P and K applied, the better. Once applied, P and K will not move with proper management. It is also good practice to get fertilizer incorporated as soon as possible to not lose any nutrients due to erosion or other factors that could move nutrients off site. Finally, make sure spreaders or spinners are calibrated correctly, as misapplication can be costly.

For more information and fall fertilizer prices contact your West-Con Agronomist.

 

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Fall Fertilizer Restrictions

 

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has come out with a groundwater protection rule. This restriction will begin September 1, 2020. The purpose of this rule is to minimize potential nitrogen fertilizers that can contaminate the state’s groundwater and to protect our drinking water.

Part 1 of the Ground Water Protection Rule restricts the application of nitrogen fertilizer in the fall and on frozen soils. Certain areas in the state will be subject to this new restriction. For example: If you farm in an area with vulnerable groundwater or protected areas around a public well with high nitrate, you cannot apply nitrogen fertilizer in the fall.

There are some exceptions to the fall nitrogen fertilizer restriction. Fall nitrogen can be allowed in the form of MAP and DAP or micronutrient fertilizers containing nitrogen if the average applied rate doesn’t exceed 40 pounds of actually N per acre in a field.

For more information you can visit the website below or contact your West-Con Agronomist.

 

www.mda.state.mn.us/nfr

 

 

 

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Aphids

This week’s topic is soybean aphids, the damage they do, and scouting for them.  Soybean aphids are a small insect that pierces the leaves to suck out sap.  Aphid feeding causes leaf puckering, stunting, reduced pod and/or seed counts, and smaller seeds. Yield could be further reduced when heavy infestations result in dark sooty mold on the soybeans.

Scouting for aphids has really started up the last week or so.  One way to start looking for aphids is to go along groves, streams, and CRP.  The reasoning for that is because aphids like to over winter in buckthorn as eggs.  From there, move out into the fields looking at 10-15 plants depending on the size of the fields and start counting aphids.  When you are out scouting, you should be looking all over the plant to get an accurate count.  Aphids will usually start off on the greenest part of the plant and move around from there.  They could be under the leaves, on the stem and on the pods.  The U of M says the threshold is an average of 250 aphids to a plant on more than 80% of the plants and the aphid population is increasing.  According to the U of M, we can see damage on the soybean up through R6 (pod fill at the upper most nodes) at which time we will also have to watch the pre-harvest interval on chemicals.

If you have any questions about aphids, scouting, and/or spraying please give a call to your local West-Con Sales Agronomist.

 

 

 

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    Soybean Rescue Treatments

Now that we have made a post-emergent pass on the soybeans, many are hoping to be done spraying in those fields. However, in some of the wider-rowed soybeans, this may not be the case. As we wait for the rows to close, waterhemp and other tough weeds continue germinate and grow at a rapid pace. It’s important to continue to scout soybean fields for weeds into July, or until the soybean rows have completely closed.

Weed escapes are common and should be addressed as soon as possible. Weeds should always be sprayed before reaching 4 inches in height for the herbicides to be effective. The biggest obstacle is the limited number of herbicides labeled for spraying late in the year. Carryover to next year’s crop and pre-harvest intervals are concerns that should be taken into consideration. Products containing dicamba (xtendimax) and fomesafen (flexstar) are two of the products that are not labeled for late-season use. Be sure to consult the label before applying any herbicides. With contact herbicides such as Liberty or Cobra, coverage is crucial for effective weed control. Make sure to use 20 gallons of water per acre and flat fan nozzles for better coverage.

Here are a few rescue treatment options:

Enlist One- can be sprayed twice per season at a maximum of 2 pints per acre per pass up to the R2 stage. Enlist can only be applied to enlist-tolerant soybeans.

Liberty- Can be sprayed up to R2 on Liberty tolerant soybeans.

Cobra- Can be sprayed up to the R6 stage.

Roundup Powermax- Can be sprayed up to the R2 stage

Volunteer corn is a common weed that can cause significant yield loss. Include a product such as Fusilade, Select Max, or Targa to take care of the volunteer corn. If applying these herbicides, add HSOC to increase the vol. corn control.

 

  

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 Insects

Now would be a good time to start scouting for insects in your crops. Some of the major insects that can cause leaf damage and stunt the plant’s growth could be starting to show up in some fields. Some examples of these insects are the two-spotted spider mites, aphids, potato leaf hopper, soybean looper, army worm, and thistle caterpillar. The insects listed above mainly feed on the leaf surface or pierce the surface. Eating holes/piercing the leaves can eventually result in stunted plant growth, disease infection, or can even kill the plant.

Two-spotted Spider Mites like hot dry conditions.  Economic Threshold is 10 mites per mid-tier Leaflet during the same period of time.

 Soybean Aphids overwinter in buckthorn and are usually found in soybeans in late May through August. Economic Threshold is 250 aphids/plant or less depending on additional application passes that may be made.

Potato Leafhopper are commonly found in alfalfa and soybeans and are often present in field crops in late June or July.  Economic threshold is one nymph per 10 leaves.

Soybean Looper are commonly found in soybeans and are often present in field crops in late July or August.  Economic threshold in soybeans is treated prior to bloom if 30% foliage loss has occurred, or after bloom when 15% foliage loss has occurred.

Thistle Caterpillar are commonly found in soybeans and are often present in field crops late June to late July. Economic threshold is reached at 30% defoliation in the vegetative stages or 20% defoliation in the reproductive stage.

Insecticide Program examples:

  1. Leverage 360 - 1.8 oz/acre + Warhawk - 4 oz/acre + Attach - 2 oz/acre
    1. Great Knockdown with Residual- Economical
  2. Hero - 5.12 oz/acre + Attach - 4 oz/acre
    1. Good combination product- with a respray program

Contact you West-con Agronomist for more recommendations to help decide which treatment plan is best for your acres.

 

               Thistle Caterpillar                                           Soybean Looper

   

 

                 Potato Leafhopper                                   Soybean Aphid

  

 

 

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    White Mold

It is about that time of year again where we need to be thinking about the effects of white mold on your beans. Over the last 2 years we have had some of the worst outbreaks of white mold in beans. To understand White mold, we need to look at its life cycle. It starts as sclerotinia in the soil and grows into a little mushroom. From there when it matures it shoots spores up into the air. The spores are what attaches to the plant and looks for an entry point to affect the plant. The usual entry point is flowers that have either dropped off or aborted. Another entry point would be if the plant had suffered some type of injury and was open. Part of the issue of white mold is that you must treat before you see it otherwise you are to late. A couple things to think about is has that field had an issue in the past of white mold pressure and what is the forecast looking like going forward.

There are different treatment programs

  1. 2 pass fungicide treatment – the first pass would be towards the end of June and the 2nd pass would be 14 days later
  2. 1 pass fungicide treatment- would look at some time around the first week in July
  3. Cobra Treatment- Cobra has a suppression label for white mold and the application window would be some time after the first week in July

If you are looking for some helpful recommendations talk to your West-Con agronomist to help, decide on what treatment plan is good for your acres

 

                                        

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                                      Herbicide Application Timing

With corn spraying about to get wrapped up and a good start on soybean spraying, listed are some of the main products and time frame they can be applied up to.  

Soybeans:

Enlist – Can be sprayed up to the R2 Stage. R2 is when there is a flower starting on the upper most 4 nodes.

Liberty – Can be sprayed up to the R2 Stage.

Roundup Power Max – Can also be sprayed up to the R2 Stage. 

Flexstar (Battle Star) - The cutoff date to get Flexstar or similar products sprayed is the first week in July.  If you spray past this date, there is too much risk for carry over into the next year for corn. 

Xtendimax – June 20th or 45 days after you planted is the cut off date to spray Xtend.  West-Con does not currently spray Xtend through our sprayers.  

        Pictured is Flexstar carry over

 

 Corn:

Laudis – Up to V8.  If tank mixing with atrazine and the corn gets bigger than 12”, swap out the Atrazine with 6 oz of Broclean (Buctril).

Callisto – Up to V8 or 30” corn, whichever comes first.

Diflexx – Up to V6 or 36” corn, whichever comes first

Status – V2 -V10, or 36” corn, whichever comes first.

These are all just guidelines.  Always remember to read and follow label directions.

Call your West-Con Agronomist with any questions.

 

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The importance of in-season nitrogen

 

In-season nitrogen can benefit your corn in multiple ways. Nitrogen leaches in the soil, meaning it moves down through the soil profile throughout the year. Many times, especially on lighter soils, the roots are not able to keep up to the nitrogen as it moves down. Nitrogen plays a crucial role in ear and kernel development later in the year and plant health overall.  Per the picture below, rapid nitrogen uptake usually begins at around V8, so making an in-season application of nitrogen around V4-V6 ensures that your nitrogen will be available when the corn plant hits V8. Lack of nitrogen in your corn crop can result in lack of vigor, underdeveloped roots and reduced uptake of potassium, amongst other nutrients. All these negative consequences result in reduced photosynthesis and reduced kernel count and/or kernel abortion, and if it happens later in the season we could see cannibalization of nitrogen from the stalks to go to the cob which would result in a weaker stalk and reduced late season standability.

 

Sulfur is another plant nutrient that is leachable in the soil.  Forty years ago, sulfur was not as necessary of an application required in corn fertilizer.  Over the years, due to anti-pollution laws, sulfur(S02) has become less available in the atmosphere making a need for it in fertilizer blends. Sulfur plays an important role in plant health because it promotes photosynthesis, chlorophyll formulation, and nitrogen fixation. Deficiencies are likely to occur first on lighter soils, soils with low organic matter and soils with a low CEC capacity but can happen in any type of soil if it is neglected. Because it is leachable in the soil it is a perfect opportunity to add it in with your nitrogen.  Just about half the sulfur is taken up in the plant by tasseling time, making it a very viable nutrient companion with your urea or 28%.

 

With the fall nitrogen limitations set to take place this year we need more solutions to offer our growers for in-season nitrogen management to stay within the Minnesota Department of Agriculture guidelines. At West-Con we offer these solutions in the form of top dressing urea and AMS or having 28% available for 24-7 for pick-up with ability to blend in ATS(sulfur) as it is loaded.

 

Contact your agronomist if you are interested in any of these options.

 

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Now that crops are emerging, so are many different weed species. Competition from weeds can reduce yields by stealing important nutrients, water, and sunlight from the crop. Controlling weeds early in the year will prevent yield loss later on in the season. The “critical weed free period” is the time in a plant’s life when it is most susceptible to competition. For corn, this period lasts at least as long as V6 and for soybeans, it’s at least until V3.  It’s important to scout for weeds to know how soon, and with what chemicals you will need to spray to control the weeds on your farm. By the time you can see them from the road, it’s too late. Weeds should be controlled by the time they are 3 inches tall for the herbicide to be effective.

When it comes to choosing the right herbicides, it’s important to know which weed species you are dealing with. Some weeds, such as waterhemp and kochia, can be resistant to glyphosate and be tougher to control. Herbicide programs should be based on field scouting and not all of the fields on your farm should be treated the same. You will likely need to use multiple herbicides to control the variety of weeds in a field.

To avoid resistance on your farm, be sure to use multiple modes of action. Using different chemical groups on the same weed significantly lowers the chances of it developing resistance. It’s also a good idea to use a residual product, such as Warrant or Dual, with your post-emergent herbicides to keep new weeds from germinating. This may even save a second trip later in the season to control a new flush of weeds. 

  

 

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Now that we have some crops in the ground and they are starting to emerge, it would be a good time to do a stand count and here is a good way how.

  1. Measure 1/1,000 of an acre based on row width. In 30-inch row corn or soybeans, measure out a length of 17 feet, 5 inches and count the number of plants within that measurement.
  2. Repeat this process in multiple areas of the field. You typically want about 6-10 stand counts per field to be the most accurate.
  3. Average the number of plants in each row and multiply that number by 1000 to obtain the estimated plant population per acre.

 

Example: If you had 30’’ row corn, you would measure 17’ 5’’ out in a row. If you counted 30 plants within that measurement and multiplied it by 1000 you would come up with 30,000 plants per acre.

  

 

 

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Some of you may be watching the weather forecast and worried about the potential for freeze damage to soybean. Many of us have been through this before. Most often things work out just fine for the soybeans. I expect Minnesota Extension agronomists will provide more information if things take a turn for the worse. In the meantime, here are some points to consider.

  1. Unlike soybeans, the growing point of emerged corn is still below the soil surface and protected from frost.
  2. Soybeans that have not emerged (including hypocotyl crook) will be OK.
  3. Soybean injury or death from freezing temperatures is more likely in low areas
  4.  Soybeans in the cotyledon stage are more freeze tolerant than later stages.
  5. Temperatures will likely need to drop below 32 F for soybean seedlings to be killed. In an NDSU study, 50% of seedlings were able to tolerate temperatures as low as 24 F for a short time. In this same study, peas were similar to soybean, edible beans were less tolerant and alfalfa were more tolerant to frost. areas. 
  6. Soil moisture, soil type and previous crop residue can influence freeze tolerance.
  7.  Plants with a live growing point remaining can survive
  8. Plants frozen below the cotyledons will be dead.
  9. Yield loss will be related to stand loss and soybean compensate well for reduced stands.
  10. You will need to wait several days to adequately assess stand loss.

 

  

 

 

Bruce Potter 

University of Minnesota Extension IPM Specialist

Selected references:

Badaruddin, M. and Meyer, D.W. (2001), Factors Modifying Frost Tolerance of Legume Species. Crop Sci., 41: 1911-1916. doi:10.2135/cropsci2001.1911

Meyer, D.W. and Badaruddin, M. (2001), Frost Tolerance of Ten Seedling Legume Species at Four Growth Stages. Crop Sci., 41: 1838-1842. doi:10.2135/cropsci2001.1838  

https://extension.umn.edu/growing-soybean/spring-frost

 

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It is that time of the year again when everybody is looking at getting into the field. One of the top priorities this early in the season is fertilizer application, which includes nitrogen. A common risk is the nitrogen loss that can occur after the application. The greatest loss of nitrogen occurs in the spring and early summer so we must take steps to ensure that the nitrogen will be in place when the crops need it. Reduce this risk by incorporating a nitrogen stabilizer, into your nitrogen source.

To protect from volatilization, use a product such as Agrotain Ultra or Nitrain:

Urea - 3 qts/ton

UAN - 5 qts/ton

To protect from leaching, use a product such as Instinct HL:

Urea - 24 oz/acre

UAN - 24 oz/acre

Have a safe planting season and contact your West-Con Sales Agronomist with any questions!

 

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Simonsen Fertilizer Spreaders

Looking for a way to cut down on application costs and lower your fertilizer bill? If so, stop in and check out the Simonsen SMC series fertilizer spreaders. With West-Con’s picked-up fertilizer incentive, the savings will quickly add up. Ag Solutions Group sells both 6- and 8-ton models, the SMC 2064S and the 2584S.

Features:

  • Tested for accuracy, calibrated and field proven.
  • Single 24” dished distributor fan with flow control valve for accurate 50’ spread pattern.
  • Spread rate range from 85# to 640# per acre.
  • Large flotation tires.
  • Walking tandem suspension for equal weight distribution on each tire.
  • Heavy gauge 7” wide apron chain.
  • Many options available to customize units to your specific needs.
  • Stainless steel construction in critical corrosion areas.
  • Simple chain and sprocket ground wheel or variable rate hydraulic apron chain drive system.

  

For more information, call Jim Dove at (507) 430-5174

 

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PP Acres and Fallow Syndrome

What is Fallow Syndrome? Fallow Syndrome occurs when we have a population reduction of Mycorrhizae fungi due to no plants growing on that field. These fungi are very beneficial to our crops ability to take up and use phosphorus. Phosphorus deficiency symptoms include small corn plants turning purple, being short, weak, and having uneven stand.

On 2019 PP acres that didn’t get a cover crop put on, we recommend using starter fertilizer with zinc in furrow.

Recommendation:

Corn Option 1:

                  3 gallons per acre of 10-34-0 and 2 gallons per acre of Riser

Corn Option 2:

                  5 gallons per acre of 10-34-0 and 1-2 quarts per acre of Zinc

Soybeans:

Inoculate your soybeans to stimulate the Rhizobia bacterium for good root nodulation, which improves the nitrogen fixation in soybeans.

 

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With COVID-19 and the Shelter in Place for Minnesota, now would be a good time to go over your field plans at home and call your West-Con Sales Agronomist with questions.

Fertilizer - Have you changed any field plans such as:  switching crops, adding more land or adding more fertilizer?

Seed - Determine where you plan on planting seed varieties and when you plan on planting.  Some varieties do better with early, mid or later planting.

Chemical - Discuss what pre's you have planned and what fields you are applying them on.

Stay safe and contact your West-Con Sales Agronomist with any questions.

 

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Do you still need a few inputs for the 2020 crop season?

Seed - Dekalb, Croplan, NK, and Dyna-Gro seed companies are still offering some very good programs and discounts.

Fertilizer - Fast, efficient towers ready to load you.  Great pricing on FOB fertilizer and applied product.

Chemical – We carry name brand products that have insurance programs.  We also offer a full line of generic products. 

Contact any of the West-Con agronomists for more information, pricing, and availability.

 

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2020 Crop Insurance Planting Dates - Swift County, Minnesota

Wheat - March 21st

Corn - April 11th

Sugar Beets - April 11th

Soybeans - April 21st 

Dry Beans - April 26th

 

2020 Crop Insurance Planting Dates - Codington County, South Dakota

Wheat - March 26th

Corn - April 10th

Soybeans - April 26th 

Dry Beans - May 1st

 

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2019 Holloway Innovative Plot Information

Plot data is available under the Agronomy tab

then under the Plot Results tab

 

 


Agronomy Staff

Holloway Agronomy

(320) 394-2171 or 1-800-368-3310

Justin Golden (ext. 1236)

Brady Wersinger (ext. 1207)

Logan George (ext. 1222)

 

Kensington Agronomy

(320) 965-2688

Drake Meyer (ext. 1701)

 

Twin Brooks Agronomy

(605) 432-4531 or 1-800-382-6535

Nolan Schlosser (ext. 1304)

Stuart Tillma (ext. 1314)


Agronomy Locations



HOLLOWAY, MN
311 Agronomy Drive
Holloway, MN 56249
Dry Fertilizer Plant 38,000 Tons
Liquid Fertilizer Plant 5.9m Gallons
Seed Chemical Warehouse 33,700 Sq Ft.



TWIN BROOKS, SD
14938 472nd Ave
Twin Books, SD 57269
Dry Fertilizer Plant 45,000 Tons
Liquid Fertilizer Plant 2.3m Gallons
Seed Chemical Warehouse 33,700 Sq Ft.

KENSINGTON, MN
10 Viking Drive
Kensington, MN 56343
320-965-2688
Dry Fertilizer Plant 2,400 Tons
Chemical & Seed