Ag PhD’s Crop Scouting Reports

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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

No crop scouting report available.


Jay Winland, Tyler Smith & Evan Zimmerman

Many soybeans are in the R2 stage and nearing R3. If you are on the fence about fungicide on beans, my advice is to do it. We spray every soybean acre with a fungicide and insecticide every year. We leave a check strip and nearly every time the it pays a healthy return on investment. With the way the weather is so far, this could be a year where it pays off big time.

Tyler Smith


It is a good time to split corn stalks and look at plant health. Stalks with a white, cotton-like pith have been cannibalized to support grain development. Healthy piths will appear pale green and moist.

John Becker

Mike Denton, Kyle Bickett, John Becker & Matt Denton


Tim Nuehring, Mike Jaeger, Brian Pottebaum & Lynn Weier

Present field conditions are not allowing intended ground fungicide applications.  One farm is doing a standby of Fortix at 5 oz and 1 qt Task Force 2 for some NPK and small dose of multiple micronutrients.  Trivapro at 13.7 ounces is another strategy for fungi resistance (3 modes of action), also including 1 qt Smart Quatro specific to needed micronutrients known.  With application occurring prior to VT, we’ll avoid an adjuvant in this run to eliminate risks to developing ear.

Paul Helland


Soybeans in the area are under stress. If you are making an application across the field, don’t hesitate to add a plant growth regulator like MegaGro or AC-97.  These products will give the plant a boost for metabolizing the chemicals and also dealing with the stress due to the weather.

Adam Sauer

Connor Majerus, Adam Sauer & Nathan Kloft

Garden City

The use of plant growth regulators (PGRs) in cotton is a key strategy to maximize yield, quality, and harvestability. Most PGRs don’t go out until match head square, but there is some evidence that low rates at an earlier stage can prime the cotton plant for better responses at higher rates. Other considerations are rainfall, nutrient application, and irrigation. Do not apply PGRs if your plant is lacking in any nutrients.  Do apply after sidedress, rainfall, and irrigation. During squaring, increasing PGR rates each pass is advisable, but rates should be lowered again as the plant approaches bloom. Monitor square retention, effects of previous PGRs, weather, and nutrients, to best utilize this helpful tool.

Chris Lobmeyer


As you begin your cercospora fungicide program, keep in mind that Tin can’t be tank-mixed with PowerMax, and can be washed off by rain. If the forecast calls for rain in the next few days, consider spraying a more systemic fungicide such as Proline.

Conor Swenson

Conor Swenson & Tammy Buchholz



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

No crop scouting report available.


With the ample amount of rain and sunshine we’ve had, the crops are looking good in the area. Most soybean fields have begun to flower and are at the stage where they are most susceptible to white mold. With as bad as white mold was last year, it is important we properly manage it this growing season. Although there are many different ways to manage white mold, at this point in the season fungicides are a great option. With the weather we’ve had so far, we are recommending two passes of fungicides. One pass now to get the fungicide on the soybeans and another around 10 days afterwards based of the weather conditions. The two-pass program will allow the plant to be protected during flowering.

Austin Norby

Hancock - Nathan DuHoux Aaron Giese Adam Gibson

Nate DuHoux, Aaron Giese, and Adam Gibson


LeRoy - Grant, Doug

Grant Lunning & Doug Dohlman

Do you have an issue with white mold in your soybeans? Now is the time to start spraying a fungicide. The best fungicide for white mold is Endura, but it is also the most expensive and to be really good on the disease, it needs to be sprayed twice. There are other options that are much less expensive like Domark. Some growers have used Endura first and then followed up at R3 with Domark.

Grant Lunning


When the temperature and humidity are high, remember you can usually cut your adjuvant rate in half to avoid crop injury.  You may give up a small amount of weed control in exchange, so don’t cut back if the field is really dirty.  My rule is if the temperature and humidity added together add up to 150, you can choose to cut your rate in half.

John Scheibel

Most fungicides work best to prevent disease and should be sprayed before you start seeing disease symptoms. When spraying a fungicide, use at least 15 gallons of water to ensure proper coverage and protection against fungal pathogens.

Tony Hagen

John Scheibel

Thief River Falls

Jordan Swanson

Soybeans are at R1.  It’s time to get the 2nd application of Roundup applied. Consider adding a fungicide to protect those early flowers.

Jordan Swanson


Dean Christiansen, Tyler Gasow & Matt Vogel

Once you are able to get out into your soybean fields to spray for weeds and to apply a fungicide, look at adding MegaGro at 2 oz/acre to your tank mix.  MegaGro is a plant growth regulator that will help your beans kick the yellowing from the saturated soils and will help prevent yellow flash from high rates of Roundup.  This will help your soybeans get back on track faster to finish the year out strong.

Matt Vogel

If you are trying to kill giant ragweed in your soybeans around the edge of your fields, you have few choices left.  Here’s the best ones in order from top to bottom.

  1. Liberty up to R2 on Liberty Link soybeans
  2. Hand weed
  3. Cobra or Ultra Blazer
  4. Cultivation
  5. Let it go

Dean Christiansen


Albert Duenne & Kara Wolford

Some early maturing soybeans are at R1 right now. This would be a good time to consider applying a fungicide, and if insect pressure is high, apply an insecticide while you are at it. Insecticides usually carry a low use rate and cost per acre is inexpensive.

Albert Duenne

If you are having some issues with morningglory in soybeans, you may want to do what some other farmers are doing right now and use Classic at 0.5 oz/acre.

Albert Duenne


With cotton progressing toward early bloom, nutrient uptake is increasing.  Nutrient use will increase through peak bloom, so now is a perfect time to tankmix 1-2 gallons of 3-18-18 (100% ortho only), along with zinc, manganese, and boron as needed based on soil and tissue tests.

Danny Stevens

Keep an eye out for potential yield-damaging insect pressure on your tasseled corn.  If you’re seeing pressure, it’s easier and less expensive to address it now rather than waiting for irreversible damage and trying a rescue spray later.

Barry Gilmore


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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We continue to see favorable conditions for disease issues in our pulse crops.  Be scouting.  A good fungicide program will lower the level of disease.  Starting with a one-mode of action fungicide like Proline and then moving to a multiple mode of action fungicide is beneficial.

Chet Hill

I am getting reports of situations where the kochia is not being controlled in chem-fallow fields.  Don’t skimp on the herbicides – stay with at least 32 oz of glyphosate and be sure to add another mode of action for better control and reduce the chances of weeds becoming tolerant to glyphosate.  We are seeing the need to increase herbicide amounts for adequate control.

Chet Hill

Yesterday as I was scouting with the producer, we found mycosphaerella blight in his field peas. This is a cousin blight to ascochyta blight.  There are fungicides registered for control.  The problem is to get the fungicide into the canopy and hit the infected area, which is usually more in the bottom of the canopy.  This was in the Richey area. This is a bulletin from the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center.

Chet Hill

Chet Hill


No crop scouting report available.

Rusty Reifenrath & Kody Urweiler


Trent Mettenbrink, Brad Meusch, Dylan Codr & Kegan Macfee

A majority of the soybeans in our area are currently flowering and there are still growers spraying their post applications. With this being said, keep in mind that burners such Cobra and Ultra Blazer will potentially knock off flowers from the soybean plants and may cause yield reduction at this stage.

Dylan Codr

West Point

Fungicide season for corn is upon us.  The corn is tasseling and will soon be in the optimum stage for an application. A good window for application would be 10-12 days after the first tassels appear in your fields. There are many different products on the market, but our lead recommendation would be to use a multiple mode of action product like Delaro, Headline Amp, or Trivapro.  These products have a triazole to stop any disease already present from doing more damage and also a strobilurin for protection from future disease.  With all of the wet weather we have had so far this year, the potential for disease is high, so keep an eye on your fields for any signs of infection.

Mike Wiese

The size of volunteer corn is off the charts. Be sure to use higher rates of corn killer, increase your gallons of water, and use high rates of crop oil. Some fields may require another application.

Jared Steffensmeier


Jared Steffensmeier, Chase Utemark & Jacob Gubbels



Brian Josewski and Ryan Pierce

No crop scouting report available.


No crop scouting report available.

Emily Kline, Mariah Mertz, & Brandon Wall


Adam Ladwig, Brian Weight & Spencer Schultz

As soybeans are flowering now and the area is receiving plenty of moisture, a fungicide application for plant health and white mold may be a good idea. 5 oz/acre of Domark or a similar product should do a good job. If you have a history of severe white mold, then I would switch to Endura for the best white mold protection.

Spencer Schultz

Soybean aphids are starting to show up in the area. The numbers are still very low, but it is something to be looking for. Use Brigade at 5 oz/acre for good control.

Adam Ladwig


The second time over for Roundup on soybeans is a great time to add AC-97.  The micronutrient package mixes well with PowerMax and will get you more bushels at harvest.   One quart per acre is the recommended rate.

Ron Hefta

Charlie Adams, Andy Undlin, Ron Hefta & Mark Henry


Jim Sitar, Shawn Knudson & Travis Berg

No crop scouting report available.


 Justin Hanson, Tanner Johnson, & Kalen Kjellsen

This week it’s apparent that fungicide applications are going to have huge financial rewards in some fields. I have been in many fields where mushrooms are growing rapidly.  In past experiences, mushrooms are a first sign of white mold presence and the strength of the impact of that presence.  Scouting is the only way to stay on top of this – almost always white mold goes undetected until it is too late. If there is a past history with white mold, the sclerotia spores are still there.  We have seen good responses with Endura at 5.5 to 11 ounces per acre.  Sometimes multiple applications are necessary.

Chad Jessen


There are still many soybean fields in the area that need to be post sprayed for the first time. We are past label timing on Xtendimax and Flexstar as well. So what options do we have left? We can still go out with either Cobra or Ultra Blazer. Remember these herbicides will require a minimum 15 gallons of water, but 20 is preferred. These products will give you the best chance to kill weeds and not have to worry about rotational restrictions.

Tyler Koenig

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



Travis Petty

With farmers in the area switching to products such as Cobra and Ultra Blazer, burning of plant tissue is a concern. I recommend adding 1.25 pounds per acre of Solubor to try and help reduce the burning effects.

Travis Petty



No crop scouting report available.


Lee Dockendorf & Matt Zilverberg



Eric Butz

As we approach the reproductive stages on soybeans now would be a good time to apply a preventative fungicide like Priaxor with 2 modes of action at 2oz/acre for less than $7.00/acre or a generic quadris with one MOA at 3oz for less than $3.00/acre. Fungicides are cheap insurance for the onset of disease and often show a great return on investment.

Eric Butz

As we approach the reproductive stages in soybeans, now would be a good time to apply a preventative fungicide like Priaxor with 2 modes of action at 2 oz/acre for less than $7.00/acre or a generic Quadris with one mode of action at 3 oz for less than $3.00/acre. Fungicides are cheap insurance for the onset of disease and often show a great return on investment.

Eric Butz


A grower I talked to wanted to use Flexstar today.  Plant-back to corn is 10 months, so instead we went to Cadet to gain weed control and have better crop safety for next growing season.

Alan Williams


Jason Leyendecker, Kyle Wiese, & Alan Williams



Joe Fox, Mike Erickson & Jeremy Nedved

Be aware of favorable conditions for disease in your field corn. Apply a fungicide product like Stratego YLD at 5 oz/acre when disease first appears. VT – R3 is considered the developmental window where yield loss may occur. Scout your fields regularly.

Jeremy Nedved


We have a few soybeans in the area starting to flower. At this growth stage it would be a good idea to spray a fungicide on them now. If you have white mold history, use Domark or a generic version. The use rate of Domark is 5 oz/acre for white mold suppression.

Beau Wensing


Jack Beutler, Beau Wensing, Russ Werning


We continue to find increasing numbers of potato tuberworm (PTW) moths in our traps.  Most of the traps in the lower Columbia Basin had PTW moths in them this week, and many were also found near Quincy.  The trapping numbers are unusually high for this time of the year. Insecticide applications beginning 4-8 weeks before harvest have been shown to reduce PTW in tubers. Top performers are methomyl, pyrethroids, phosmet, and novaluron.

Dave Dye


David Hinkins, Sam Krautscheid, Dave Dye & Danny Hopkins