Archive | May 2010

Springtime Means Schizophrenic Weather

Monday, May 24, 2010

Happy Monday, everyone! Here’s hoping everyone one had a great weekend — and here’s hoping you stayed safe if you were out in the field.

An interesting article appeared in this Sunday’s Wichita (Kan.) Eagle regarding working in grain elevators. It’s actually the most dangerous job one can hold in Kansas. Sixty deaths in the last three decades. It’s worth taking some time out of your day to read this, if you’re interested.

It’s a bit late, but here’s last week’s Radio Servi-Tech. Get caught up on how fields are looking across the Midwest!

Field of Dreams

May 11, 2010

Planting is almost done. Wheat is spiking. It’s spring!

Some brief updates from around Servi-Tech’s area:

“Kansas State has confirmed glyphosate resistant kochia in southwest Kansas and it seems  that I have my fair share in my fields.  I will be evaluating different burndown programs again this spring… The planting progress is the fastest that I have seen in the past 15 years in southwest Kansas, with most going in the ground in a short 10 day window.  Soils have been cold, however, and emergence has been slow with few stand counts made so far… The normal planted wheat came out of dormancy in good shape with excellent tillering and spring growth and now is in early boot stage. The story of the later planted wheat is still being written as it seems to be shorter than normal and not as well spring tillered, probably due to the cold late spring and it is now in the flag leaf emerging stage.” — Bryan Boroughs in southwest Kansas

“Another interesting crop production season is upon us.  Planting season is finally in full swing, with several growers already finished with irrigated corn and most getting well past 50%.  Seed is primarily in the early germination process, with seed swelling and a few roots and even less shoots emerging from the seed. Problems with earlier tillage have been very apparent… Overall the first planted corn has shown good progress, moving through the germination process in some very borderline soil temperature conditions.  The prime situation for cutworm is when a crop is planted into a heavy green cover crop and then that cover crop is killed… There is news all across Kansas and south about strip rust on wheat.  A recent report out of northwest Kansas just this week noted a minor find around Colby. As of May 5, we have two more reports on stripe rust from company employees. One case in southwest Nebraska, the other west central Kansas.  The real concern is some varieties that had previously shown resistance now aren’t.” — Dave Green, eastern Colorado

“Corn planting for many has been completed in the southeast part of this territory, around Aurora.  There are still several planters yet to hit the fields yet in the north central part of the territory around Ainsworth.  It has been common to see 20-degree temperature variations between areas that are only 160 miles apart as the crow flies…. Soybean planting is underway and the same percentage of planting progress occurs across the territory.  With the introduction of seed treatments on the beans, earlier planting at lower populations are now possible.  It seems like a 20% reduction in planting rates now net us the same final stands that we were getting 5 years ago.” — Rick Runyan, Nebraska

“By now, most corn is in the ground in this area. Some of those who are usually slow planting are still putting corn in. Seed corn planting has started as well, and many growers have begun planting soybeans. Some of the corn planted in the April 18-22 timeframe has been fighting some crusting to get through. So we have had some pivots running with .4-.5” to help this corn along.” — Steve Kramer, Nebraska

“Planters have been rolling along the past several weeks with only short breaks from rain showers each week. I would estimate 95% of the corn has been planted and 75% of the soybeans are in the ground. Most of the corn has emerged with limited crusting problems. We have very few soybean fields emerged, but with frost in the forecast over the weekend, that’s not all bad… This year, our pre-emerge herbicides do not seem to be working very well, probably due to limited rainfall for activation in many areas.”  — Norb Boyle, Iowa

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