Sunday, June 12, 2011

Week ending June 11th...

Early greensnap damage from winds that accompanied a recent rain storm. Estimated to be 3-4%. Corn was brittle from growing so fast due to recent high temp's and moist conditions.

Another application of nitrogen (Urea) on the corn at Ashland.

What the ground looks like after the urea has been spread. It will stay in this form until we get a rain to dissolve it into the soil.

Spraying post herbicides on soybeans near the Ashland reservoir.

Another great week of crop growing weather! The extreme hot temperatures were broke Friday evening with the welcome of a cold front and a few showers. Earlier in the week we noticed three to four percent greensnap in our Elkhart and Williamsville corn from last Saturday evening's storm. As I've mentioned the corn in our area is growing rapidly and any winds at all can cause damage, especially when it's brittle.

On Tuesday, we completed our last post herbicide applications on corn and later in the week we switched over to spraying soybeans. We are trying some "Warrant" herbicide on the beans this year which is supposed to give us residual control on waterhemp and small seeded broadleaves. We hope the Warrant combined with glyphosate will keep the fields clean until the beans can shade the row.

With all the rains and recent hot temperatures we have had recently, we decided to apply another 35# of nitrogen to certain fields. We are targeting poorly drained and corn on corn fields with this application. The form we are using is Urea (46-0-0). The urea is also treated with Agrotain which keeps it from breaking down for 10-14 days. Fortunately, after all applications we've had good rains to incorporate this additional nitrogen into the soil profile for the corn roots to access. Other areas we are targeting are our two National Corn Growers test plots, our 40,000 and 44,000 ppa population trials, and a few fields in areas that appear to have tremendous yield potential.

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