April 24, 2015 | by Josh Bailey

From Scott Miller in Elizabethown, Kentucky:

Here is what I am seeing in wheat fields this evening.   Some wheat planted in wetter natured fields look rough, but the ones planted a little heavy where roots show issues really look ugly.  These fields are out of available N in the rootzone now. 

Due to saturated soil for extended periods and lack of oxygen, the yellow wheat cant get enough N.  In better drained soils the nitrogen will come up with evaporation of water, which helps the plant green up.  BUT, when the wheat is UGLY, more foliar attention is critical. 

After talking to people smarter than me, we are suggesting a gallon of Fertirain when the flag leaf emerges then another gallon at 10.5.1 with fungicide.   The yellow wheat now is like the fuel warning light on your pickup.  Don't let your racecar run out of gas on the way to the checkered flag.  

That's my 2 cents.

April 23, 2015 | by Josh Bailey

Corn planting has begun and Capture LFR is the in furrow insecticide of choice.  Here are some planting tips from FMC that ensure good mixing and performance as we begin the planting season:

  • Make sure your system is cleaned out before starting.  Over-wintering oils, RV anti-freeze, or even UAN can attach to products and cause a film or plugging issues, even in small amounts
  • Add Capture LFR to the tank when it is 1/3 to 1/2 full.  This allows the swirling action from the filling tank to evenly mix the product into suspension.
  • If using other additives, make sure to pour the Capture LFR in the tank 1st.  Other products can cause a "heavy" suspension that could make it difficult for all products to mix properly
  • Avoid overnight or extended idle time.  Avoid filling the planter tanks with fertilizer and Capture LFR and letting them sit overnight.  Due to differences in density of the solutions, Capture LFR may float without agitation or movement.  It's best to have tanks less than half full, so when you start the next morning, the tank is easy to churn when re-filled or start planting, creating an even mixture.
You can find additional product use information for Capture LFR here.

April 20, 2015 | by Josh Bailey

From Tom Daniel:

I know you may have been bombarded with this information but here it is one more time.
Both Purdue and UK have issued warnings on moth trap catches of both Armyworms and Black Cutworms.
Armyworm Moth courtesy of the University of Kentucky
These counts are unusual and you have to go back to 2006 to get similar numbers.
If you are no tilling corn and have a lot of residue be wary of both pests. If the moths lay eggs we should start seeing an outbreak in 3 weeks from the moth flight. In other words, watch your young corn emerging at that time and especially watch your winter crops such as wheat. If you remember, in 2006 we had to make rescue treatments to some wheat fields that had not applied insecticide in their earlier applications.

Black Cutworm Moth courtesy of the University of Kentucky
It would be  a good time to consider Capture in furrow for corn protection (if not properly traited to resist).

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