Ag PhD’s Crop Scouting Reports

Check below for the Daily Crop Scouting Report for your area.

Crop Reports are updated daily Monday through Friday, May 1 – July 1. From July 1 – August 31 the report will run weekly.

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Tyson Goossen, James Jarvis, TJ Young, Van Wiebe

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Jay Winland, Tyler Smith & Evan Zimmerman

A lot of soil-borne disease is starting to show up in soybeans. Many of these diseases resemble each other. One of the best things to do is send samples into a lab for testing – usually a university, depending on the state you live in (U of I or Purdue around here). The results will tell you exactly what disease you are seeing. This information can be used to help select variety numbers the next time you have soybeans in that field.

Tyler Smith


When foliar feeding and looking at tissue samples this season, remember that different nutrient products show up at different speeds in the plant. For example, a carbon chelate may take longer to show up in the plant and will last longer because the plant will use it as it needs it.

Nate Ihnen

I have noticed some volunteer corn coming in soybean fields.  This yield robbing “weed” in soybeans can be killed easily if sprayed early in the season.  Se-Cure is a great choice with the rate dependent on the size of corn you are trying to kill.  You should bump the rate a couple ounces when spraying with Liberty or dicamba products (if labeled) as these products seem to have an antagonistic effect. Be safe!

Mike Denton

Mike Denton, Kyle Bickett, John Becker & Matt Denton


Tim Nuehring, Mike Jaeger, Brian Pottebaum & Lynn Weier

The higher the soil CEC, the more potential for compaction and crusting, along with more required potassium to obtain your personal yield goal.  Base saturation potassium levels of 5% are desired.  Visual symptoms of potassium deficiency will include the oldest leaves having the outer leaf margin, “firing,” or turning a brown/yellow/red color.

Paul Helland


For soybean fields that only have the Roundup trait, many will be using products like Flexstar or Warrant Ultra.  Remember that these products will produce more burn on the leaves when the heat and humidity are high.  Also, they have a 10 month rotational restriction back to corn.

Adam Sauer

Connor Majerus, Adam Sauer & Nathan Kloft

Garden City

With rain threatening to slow down wheat harvest this week, it might be time to focus on your lawn. A cool, rainy week is a perfect time to rake in some seed to fill in bare and thin spots. It can also be a good opportunity to kill actively growing broadleaf weeds in your yard with the new, lower volatility 2,4-D product, Freelexx.

Chris Lobmeyer


With the rainfall we received over the weekend, chances are good that wet soil conditions will increase the IDC severity you see in your soybean fields. Remember, the best IDC management starts with selecting an IDC-tolerant seed variety, applying chelated iron fertilizer in-furrow at planting, and planting your beans in fields low in carbonates and soluble salts.

Conor Swenson

Conor Swenson & Tammy Buchholz



Evan Oberdieck, Steve Draper, Sam Geistfeld, Mike Bates, & Hans Hinrichsen

Within the week, many farmers will finish up with corn spraying and switch to soybeans. With your soybean herbicide mix, throwing in some volunteer corn killer is a key to higher yields. If not controlled at an early stage, volunteer corn will hurt yield. Volunteer at a 6 oz rate is a great option.

Sam Geistfeld


With the recent rain we had early this week, guys are just starting to get back into the fields to spray. With the higher temperatures we are having lately, it would be a good idea to get your Liberty soybean acres sprayed if weeds are present. Liberty is one of the few herbicides that works best when it’s hot out, without burn/damage to the crop. A good first pass of Liberty would be 32 oz with 3 lbs of dry AMS. You have the option with Liberty to spray a second application at a rate up to 43 oz with 3 lbs AMS. The yearly total application may not exceed 87 fl oz/acre.

Austin Norby

It looks like this week will be the best chance to control waterhemp in soybeans.  Waterhemp that are 1 to 4 inches tall now will be 6 to 12 inches in a week.  We have until Wednesday, June 20th in Minnesota to spray dicamba on Xtend soybeans.  After Wednesday, June 20th, we have to use Cobra or Flexstar on waterhemp in Xtend or Roundup Ready 2 soybeans.  Flexstar products have a 10-month rotation to corn for carryover reasons.  Liberty spraying on beans should be done now too because the lambsquarters is getting some size to it.  This is the peak timing for waterhemp emergence.  Our pre-emerge sprays have been on for 4 to 6 weeks in most cases and are starting to wear off.

Adam Gibson

Hancock - Nathan DuHoux Aaron Giese Adam Gibson

Nate DuHoux, Aaron Giese, and Adam Gibson


LeRoy - Grant, Doug

Grant Lunning & Doug Dohlman

Wednesday is the last day for an application of dicamba in soybeans. If you can’t get it on by then, Flexstar is probably your next best bet. The issue with Flexstar is carryover. You have a 10-month rotation restriction to corn.

Grant Lunning


I am starting to see some good looking beet fields that are going to need their fungicide program started very soon. The first round would be the tin and topsin application; I would suggest Super Tin at an 8 oz rate and Talaris at a 20 oz rate for the first round. Although this is always a tough program to start when you do not see a problem, just remember you need to stay ahead of the problem, and if you start to see an issue it is too late. SMBSC has seen a huge per acre return on having a 2-mode of action approach.

Brandon Howard

Remember, the air temperature must be 85 degrees or below to legally spray dicamba on soybeans in Minnesota.

John Scheibel

John Scheibel

Thief River Falls

Jordan Swanson

The majority of the spring wheat is at or getting close to the flag leaf stage around our area.  Right now, the wheat crop is looking excellent, but applying a fungicide to protect against rust and blight is a great idea.  Options like Priaxor at 4 oz per acre or Nexicor at 7 oz per acre are great products with multiple modes of action to protect that flag leaf.

Jordan Swanson


Dean Christiansen, Tyler Gasow & Matt Vogel

Even if you applied a pre-emerge herbicide, adding another residual with a glyphosate application will give you great weed control in your soybean acres.  We have had good results with Warrant, Dual II, and Outlook herbicides.

Dean Christiansen


Albert Duenne & Kara Wolford

Do you have marestail issues? How about using some Liberty at 32 oz/ac. I have seen this rate control some foot tall marestail. It would be best if you could apply when the weeds are smaller of course, but sometimes it doesn’t always work out. Absolutely do not forget use AMS with your tank mix. I prefer the dry product form of AMS at 3 lbs/acre.

Albert Duenne


With most corn at full tassel, now is the time to decide on a fungicide. Make sure to pick a fungicide that will protect you from the most common diseases for your area. Stratego YLD at 4-5 oz gives great control for rust, leaf spot and leaf blights.

Ryan Wilson


Hayti - Beth, Christie, Danny, Barry

Beth Warmath, Christie Irions, Danny Stevens, and Barry Gilmore

Great Falls

Cory Ballard, Stan Bates, Ryan Casillas

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I am starting to hear reports of disease concerns on pulse crops.  Some is partly from recent hail storms and the rest is because producers are asking, “When should I start my first spraying of a fungicide?”  With the hail storms, lesions are created where it’s easier for the disease to attack the plant.  Overall though, as the canopy starts to close on pulse crops, the risk increases for disease pressure, i.e., ascocyhta blight.  Try to rotate the mode of actions for the fungicides so tolerance is not built up.  Applications last usually 10-14 days.

Chet Hill

Chet Hill


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Rusty Reifenrath & Kody Urweiler


Trent Mettenbrink, Brad Meusch, Dylan Codr & Kegan Macfee

As soybean post spraying is getting wrapped up in our area, keep a close eye out for any overlap with your spray. Products like Flexstar or a generic Flexstar can have carryover issues, especially when you double up on the rate. Keep a close eye out for this in your fields as we are seeing a lot of it this year.

Devin Prochaska

West Point

We have seen a lot of volunteer corn pressure in our soybean fields from the corn that went down last fall. Be sure to use the proper rates when addressing this problem.  A lot of the corn is now 12-18 inches in height, and we need to be using the higher rates.  If using Select Max, strongly consider going to the 12 oz rate for the best control.  Also, remember to add a crop oil concentrate to your mix (and AMS if you’re not using dicamba) for the best results.

Mike Wiese


Jared Steffensmeier, Chase Utemark & Jacob Gubbels



Brian Josewski and Ryan Pierce

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Emily Kline, Mariah Mertz, & Brandon Wall


Adam Ladwig, Brian Weight & Spencer Schultz

Leafy spurge appears to be especially bad this year in the pastures. Tordon and premixes containing Tordon have been the standard bearer for control.  If you don’t want to use Tordon due to trees or water nearby, you may consider using Facet, or a similar product such as QuinStar.  Be sure to know the rates of the quinclorac products you are applying because they each contain different amounts of active ingredients, so the rates vary greatly.

Spencer Schultz


When going back and trying to re-seed a forage on hailed out soybeans, remember to keep in mind your rotation restrictions of the pre product or products that you used.

Wyatt Thompson

Charlie Adams, Andy Undlin, Ron Hefta & Mark Henry


Jim Sitar, Shawn Knudson & Travis Berg

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 Justin Hanson, Tanner Johnson, & Kalen Kjellsen

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Jerry Weiland, Lee Fischer, Rob Fritz, Mike Drey, Wes Jepsen & Tyler Koenig



Travis Petty

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No crop scouting report available.


Lee Dockendorf & Matt Zilverberg



Eric Butz

Most of the spring wheat has started to head.  Applying Folicur is a great and inexpensive way to protect your crop against rusts and other plant diseases.  A 4 oz rate of Folicur will cost less than $1.75/A.  If you are also concerned about head scab, check monitoring and forecasting tools such as or apply Prosaro at 6.5 oz/A instead of Folicur.

Eric Butz


Post-emerge applications of soybean acres are reaching an end.  A tankmix partner of Warrant at 3-4 pints per acre can offer the residual to reach canopy with lowered weed pressure.

Alan Williams


Jason Leyendecker, Kyle Wiese, & Alan Williams



Joe Fox, Mike Erickson & Jeremy Nedved

With recent rainfall and great growing conditions, corn is looking good. Now would be a great time to use a fungicide on your corn crop. We have seen great results around V6 with increased plant health, less disease, and more yield.

Mike Erickson


If you have algae in your water tank, use copper sulfate.  It comes in a granular form.

Russ Werning


Jack Beutler, Beau Wensing, Russ Werning


There is a lot of ground coming out of CRP in this area; it is known to host a good number of nasty weeds. Rush skeleton weed and yellow star thistle seem to be very common. 5-7 oz of Milestone has proven to be very effective. The use of an MSO surfactant will improve herbicide effectiveness.

Devin Moon


David Hinkins, Sam Krautscheid, Dave Dye & Danny Hopkins