Welcome to the 2017 BASF Innovations in the Field. This yearlong program is designed to showcase four progressive farmers and their use of technology and agronomic practices to enhance their return on investment and profit potential. Check back each week for new blogs and videos from the farmers as they share their experiences and crop management decisions throughout the growing season. Here is a brief overview of our four participants.
Late June and early July saw us finishing up any late soybean herbicide spraying, as well as the time of year when we put our last pass of nitrogen on the corn. The 360 Y-Drop system has become a "planned" pass for us to put on the remaining "needed" units of nitrogen and sulfur, based primarily on three criteria: 1) amount already applied; 2) amount of rainfall since previous applications; 3) soil type. I finished with the last field around July 4th.
We were blessed with great weather during that time with only a couple small delays due to weather, unlike the previous two years when we were dumped on with rain, making for slow and slick conditions in the field.
After covering every single acre of our corn with the Y-Drop, I think our corn crop looks as good right now as I think I have ever seen it. Yes, we did lose some pockets due to the early heavy rains, but even the sand hills are looking great going into pollination. It’s critical the next couple of weeks that we get through pollination with adequate moisture and fewer 90-plus degree days!
We are now getting started applying Headline Amp to our corn acres. While scouting, I have started to see lesions beginning to develop on the lower leaves, so we are turning our pilot loose to begin covering some acres. Also, we have been scouting for rootworm beetle and Japanese Beetles clipping silks, but so far I have not seen any fields at economic threshold. The Japanese Beetle populations seemed to have peeked last week, and seem to be on the decline now…hopefully.
Soybeans are looking good as well, although (to no surprise) they seem to be late to canopy compared to previous years. It’s looking like it will be a week or two yet before they’re ready for a fungicide treatment of Priaxor. As with the corn, everything seems to be delayed this year.