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AgriPartner Scouting Update 6/16/14

Weather Data:

Three Rivers is currently 2.09 inches above average rainfall since April 1.

South Bend is 4.18 inches above average rainfall since January 1.

Michiana is 18 Growing Degree Days behind average.

The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting above average rainfall for June, average for July and (way) below average for August.  For temperature the prediction is average for June, above average for July and August.  It was fairly accurate for the spring, we’ll see how the summer shapes up.

Crops on heavy soils have had their “feet” wet this spring and in some places it is taking a toll.  Many spots have been replanted, others will suffer a thinning stand as more rains come. 

I saw my first Lightening Bug this week, that means Corn Rootworm has begun to hatch and will soon be feeding on corn roots.  It also means the first generation of European Corn Borer is not far behind.  Many hybrids are Bt with the refuge in the bag, so only a few plants in the field show rootworm or corn borer damage.  If you have a hybrid without Bt protection scout those fields for these pests.  More specific info on how to do so next week. 

After years of spraying only glyphosate on soybeans don’t be surprised if after adding another mode of action causes beans to look like this:

No worries, just a little chemical burn … see the new growth is nice and green.  Scout fields that have been sprayed to make sure the weeds did, in fact, die and also to make sure another flush of weeds doesn’t emerge before the beans canopy.  

Happy Scouting!

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