Leafhoppers out the ying-yang, fertility issues, double cropping soybeans, fungicide questions — it’s all in this week’s Word, as Peter Johnson, resident agronomist for RealAgriculture, shares his advice and answers your questions in this update for the week of June 22, 2016.
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- Potato leafhoppers out the ying-yang in alfalfa — spread across much more of Ontario than normal, beyond areas that grow resistant alfalfa. Need to do a better job with scouting.
- Get the Pest Manager App to help with ID and information on thresholds. Threshold depends on crop size.
- Edible bean growers should be paying attention.
- Corn that was “troweled in” (credit: Ken Currah) is starting to look bad as it moves into its high water demand phase with poor roots.
- 3-4 inch cracks in wheat fields — way too dry for wheat in Essex County. Could lose 10 percent yield in kernel size.
- Soybean and edible bean stands are variable
- Lots of sulphur deficiency in corn.
- Potash deficiency showing up in soybeans — can broadcast it and have rain bring it to plant.
- Timing of second N application on wheat — five leaf versus second node.
- Five things to consider if thinking about it — find out more in these two Soybean School episodes with Eric Richter:
- Starting to see some armyworms, but Peter says the jetstream hasn’t been ideal for big numbers.
- Cereal leaf beetles looking orange — it’s being parasitized and probably doesn’t need spraying.
- Do we need foliar fungicides in soybeans this year? It’s dry, so lower pressure, likely less chance of response, but worth paying attention as weather can change quickly.
- Pulse AIM Command, Turbo floodjet nozzles for fusarium control?