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Looking for a good pre for beans? Try 3 to 3.75 oz. of Fierce. It is now labeled on beans, as well as corn. It can also be applied in the fall just like Valor.
Photo: Arlin Peterson & Randy Williams
When you are planting corn, make sure you stop and check your planting depth every once in a while. Corn needs to be planted at least 1.5 inches deep; otherwise, you will have nodal roots on the surface, which will cause major problems down the road.
I have noticed this week that broadleaf weeds and grasses are starting to poke through on some fields. As bean planting is starting to get in full swing, it would be a good idea to throw in some glyphosate with your bean pre to clean up what is out there.
If you are looking for a longer residual out of a pre-emerge product for your soybean acres, Fierce has one of the longest residuals on the market. This product must be sprayed before 3 days after planting.
Photo: Mike Drey, Wes Jepsen, Tyler Koenig, Rob Fritz & Lee Fischer
When applying dry biologicals to your seed, such as Rootastic inoculant or QuickRoots, remember to not carry or store those products on your pickup dash or anywhere that they may be exposed to extreme heat. The heat has potential to damage the fungi and bacteria.
Before planting your soybeans, make sure to check the germination percentage. There are some numbers out there that are 85%. You should think about increasing your planting population if you do get some that are 85%.
Photo: Travis Boerger, Mike Kiolbasa & Steve Lee
Growers are asking what to add to burndown pre-emerge applications in no-till corn. To get weeds that are already emerged, glyphosate, Banvel, 2,4-D and Sharpen are all options. Consult with your agronomist to see which one is best for you.
Photo: Chad Waldner & Mitch Rayman
Remember, pre-emerge products like Valor must be applied before soybeans crack the ground.
Photo: Colby Kaup & Kyle Hawkinson
When changing from spraying your corn herbicide to beans, remember to use a good tank cleaner to thoroughly clean your tank and booms.
Photo: Alan Williams, Norland Hofer & Jason Leyendecker
Kochia is popping up in a lot of fields. A burndown product like Aim EC will help burn it down and is safe with corn and beans as a pre-emerge herbicide.
Photo: Joe Fox & Mike Erickson
With calm winds and showers possible over the next few days, make sure to check the rainfast times of the chemical you are spraying. Many area growers plan on covering lots of acres over the next week or so.
Photo: Dane Oman
Soybean planting is progressing rapidly. When using pre-emerge herbicides, make sure that you apply them before the beans crack the soil to avoid crop damage.
Fierce is now labeled for soybeans, and this product looks great. At a rate of 3 oz. per acre, you can look for residual on waterhemp until July.
Remember that Sharpen has to be applied before crop emergence and at no more than 1 ounce per acre ahead of soybeans. It has excellent burndown qualities on broadleaf weeds and adds residual control going forward.
Photo: Jack Beutler & Russ Werning
With the amount of soybean acres getting put in the last few days, remember to have the sprayers following the planters if you can. Valor at a 2 to 2.5 oz. rate not only controls your small-seeded broadleaves, but also does a fair job on grasses.
Photo: Jon Koenig & Tammy Buchholz
When spraying your corn and beans this year with Roundup, try using MegaGro at 2 ounces along with Roundup. This will increase plant growth hormones (acetic acid, gibberellin, and cytokinin) that usually are decreased as your crop processes the Roundup in its system. These hormones will help plants grow while they compartmentalize the glyphosate.
It is very important to not forget about applying your pre-emerge herbicide on corn acres. Yes, everyone is in a hurry to get done planting while it is nice, but to pass on this very important herbicide application would be a mistake. Even though they call it a pre-emerge herbicide, you can apply SureStart or TripleFlex in corn up to 11 inches in height. These are two common pre-emerge corn products, and they work great in holding back the weeds.
I have had a few questions about soybean germination over the last couple of days. The industry standard for soybeans is 90% germination on most years. However, if you get some 85% or 80% germ soybeans, make some minor adjustments to your planting rate, and treat your beans to increase your stand.
Photo: Israel Winter, Hans Hinrichsen, Mike Bates & Steve Draper
Some of the early planted wheat in the area may be emerged enough to get stand counts. If your plants per square foot are fewer than desired and you were planning on a top dress of fertilizer, applying the nitrogen earlier will promote tillering and make up for some of the thin stand.
Had a customer call today and ask what he could use to get rid of dandelions in his no-till corn that was just planted. Banvel at 0.75 to 1 pint should do a good job. Since there are very few beans planted yet, there is also little risk involved in this application.
Photo: Nate DuHoux & Adam Gibson
As a few guys are finishing up with corn and switching to beans, it is important to remember the little things that can make a big difference. I strongly encourage you to consider using an inoculant on your soybeans in order to get your rhizobia bacteria growing and give your beans a head start.
Photo: Todd Traynor, Kevin McCabe & Riley Carlson
There have been a lot of acres planted in the last two days. With rain last night and more expected, remember to take a look at how tall of corn your pre-emerge chemical can be sprayed on. Some are labeled at 2-collar corn, while others are labeled in up to 11-inch corn. Make sure you know what you have.
Photo: Dave Lunning & Grant Lunning
As you are out doing tillage in front of the planter, pay attention to the areas you are seeing the most weeds. This will be a good place to start scouting throughout the season.
Don’t get too frustrated with the rainfall. It will help our subsoil moisture levels for the dry months ahead of us, as well as making it an ideal time to apply your Authority First. The rain will help activate the product, giving you the most bang for your buck!
Wild buckwheat is a tougher weed slowly creeping into Minnesota from the west. We have started to see more and more of it showing up in Lincoln County, Minnesota. Status is the best choice for wild buckwheat control. Other options would be Banvel, but you would have to have Banvel applied at the (VE) spike stage.
Photo: Jeremy Jensen, John Wiese, Mike Homandberg & Dave Timmerman
With chances of heavy rain over the next few days, checking emerging crops for crusting after fields dry out will be critical. Rainfall varies from field to field, so take your time and scout all the fields you planted. If the crops can push through while it’s moist, there should be no problems. If you have a thick crust and no chance of moisture, you may have to mechanically break the crust to get a good emergence.
Photo: Troy Walker, B. Sham Moteelall & Jeff Keltgen
If you are planting beans in your old CRP ground, remember to have them treated with Inovate seed treatment. At 4.74 oz. per cwt., this will be the ticket to stop the hungry pests that have been there for the past few years.
Photo: Greg Peterson & Kevin Harder
Corn planting is about 80% complete in our area. To protect your crop, make sure to apply a good pre-emerge herbicide such as TripleFlex to control many glyphosate-resistant weeds. This product can be applied from pre-plant up to 11-inch-tall corn.
Photo: Dave Worth, Roger Elliott & Dean Christiansen
We have four or five days of rain in the forecast. Make sure to check the rainfast times on all your products before you spray, so you make sure they work efficiently.
Photo: Brian Schlagel & Shawn Ostberg
Since we are expecting some rain over the next few days, it would be beneficial to pick up your spray for when it is dries up. Weed pressure will be extensive at that point, and there will not be enough time in the day to waste.
With the end of corn planting approaching, make sure you take the time to get those soybean acres covered with a pre-emerge herbicide. Trials have shown a 2 to 4 bushel yield bump when a pre is used on soybeans. A few good options would be OpTill, Valor and Fierce.
Photo: Tim Nuehring & Lynn Weier
Take time to check stands on early planted corn. Some very good reports have come in, but I also have heard reports of a couple of replant cases.
Photo: Brent Fedders & Adam Sauer
Continue to walk and check your wheat fields for cereal leaf beetle larvae. This pest is easy to control if detected early.
Photo: Mark “Zach” Zacherisen & Van Wiebe
As everyone up here is going strong or finishing up their corn, it is important to coordinate your soybean seed pickups and deliveries as best as possible because everyone will be needing seed at the same time.
Photo: Brian Josewski
Rain has slowed down the planting equipment. Take this time to take a deep breath and restock your fertilizer and seed needs so you can be prepared when it dries out again. Freight companies have real trouble keeping up with modern farming equipment. On-farm storage and planning are a real advantage when the market finds its limits. Spend some time with your retailer to plan out the next step on fertilizing the remainder of your crop. Also, work on a chemical program to put more bushels in the bin and have a productive finish to spring planting.
Rains today have temporarily slowed planting. The rains are not a bad thing, though, as the soil is fairly dry right now. The newly seeded crops will definitely benefit from the moisture.
Photo: Melissa Graves, Chad Weckerly, Jeri Engstrom
If you have a problem with Roundup-resistant kochia in soybeans, a good pre-emerge option would be to use Authority Assist at 5 oz. with some metribuzin at 0.25 pounds per acre.
Photo: Jon Leadbetter, Spencer Schultz & Brian Weight
If you are planning a pre-plant Roundup burndown, consider adding 0.5 oz. of Aim for better control of those small, hard-to-kill kochia in your fields.
Photo: Jason Thiel, Jason Huber, Joe Ramer & Kent McKay
Whether there is any question about germination on your soybeans or not, you should add a seed treatment. QuickRoots would also give a great boost to your soybeans.
Photo: Blake Younggren, Bryan Younggren & Jon Warner
With the timely rain, yield potential is pretty high. Remember to keep your fertilizer rates and planting populations on the top end.
Photo: Jamie Sheldon & Jamie Schurhamer
Some area farmers are applying their first post-emerge herbicides in corn. A good combination to take care of grasses might be 4 oz. of Realm Q, 1 quart of atrazine and 1 quart of Roundup.
Photo: Albert Duenne & Darryl Wolford
For crop safety and good control of Italian ryegrass in lagoons, Poast does a really nice job at 24 oz.
Photo: Jeff Bruce
Pre-emerge weed control is looking in good in most areas. People who have seen issues had mostly put their pre-emerge herbicide on too late after their last tillage application, and weeds came up prior to their application. Adding Roundup to the pre-emerge mix will help clean up a lot of escapes in these situations.
Photo: Ken Wiser, Ty Whitaker & Sam Krautscheid