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Missouri Harvest – John Viertel

Harvest is underway in Missouri, and early results are coming in (as seen in the above screen shot). Even though we have been under extreme drought conditions here, it looks like the corn yields are going to be pretty good.

This early report came from John Hansman in Central Missouri. You might remember that name from last year. I followed John’s soybeans from planting through harvest. This year he used the entire Soil Service Program, from starter at planting and foliar feeding with Foliar Opp.

Even with the extreme stress that we have experienced in this part of the country, this shows that using a “balanced” fertility program from start to finish in a crop helps the plants deal with extreme stress and be able to finish strong. By the way, John reported that it looked like he was averaging about 162 bushels per acre in this field. Thanks for the report, John!

Next week, September 11 thro 13, we will be at Husker Harvest Days in Nebraska. This will be my very first HHD, and I am looking forward to seeing this farm show. If you are planning to attend, please stop by the Soil Service, Inc. booth (#761) and visit with us about our Crop Choice fertility program to help you get the most out of your crop in 2019.

 

Clean Liberty Link Soybean Field – John Viertel

In an earlier posting, I showed a sprayer applying Liberty Herbicide to this field, using Soil Service, Inc. products with the Liberty Herbicide. The pictures showed the coverage on the beans and on the weeds. Well, I got time to finally get back to that field, and as you can see, the weeds are gone and there is a very nice, CLEAN, field.

If you look back at the post from late June, we used SOIL BOOST PLUS, LANDOIL, 2075 SRN, SUGAR E-BOOST, AND FOLIAR OPP in the Liberty Herbicide mix, which also included an insecticide and Select. There was no crop response to this mix, only dead weeds and grass. The beans at that time received a nutrient boost from the Foliar Opp and 2075 SRN. We really like this mix for Liberty Link Soybeans.

Pods are just starting to set, and a good rain (in the forecast for the next couple of days) would be very, very beneficial.

 

John Viertel, MO Sales

No-Till Soybeans with and without Crop Choice Fertilizer – John Viertel

 

These pictures are from the same field, but it is split by a waterway. The field on left is to the north(with Crop Choice), field on the right is south of the waterway(without Crop Choice).

I have had several calls in the last week about yellow soybeans. All have come from an area here in the central part of the state that hasn’t had the rain. The farm in the pictures has just had about one-half inch, while just south of there had 3.5 inches. The beans in this situation are exhibiting potash deficiency, because with the extremely dry soil, the roots can’t get enough nutrients to supply the plants needs. The producer is hoping for some rain which is in the forecast for July 1, and then we are going to foliar feed them with Foliar Opp. An interesting feature from the top photo are the turn rows. They look like they were planted before the rest of the field. They weren’t! The turn rows were planted several days earlier, and in tilled soil. I asked the producer why they decided not to use starter on all the acres, and he replied they were trying to save money. Wonder how much yield is going to be lost by not using Crop Choice Stater Fertilizer on all his acres?

 

John Viertel – MO Sales

 

Foliar Opp on Missouri Beans – John Viertel

 

 

 

 

 

As seen in the pictures, we sprayed some Liberty Link Soybeans last Friday. I wanted to share these, because there was a 10 to 12 mph breeze (hot and very dry breeze here in Central Missouri). There was an excellent spray pattern and all the product was going where it was supposed to – on the target weeds. The FOLIAR OPP was going on the beans and being absorbed into them. Going back today to and expect to see dead and/or dying weeds!

Wheat harvest has started in Central Mo, and we have a wheat plot with and without SUGAR E-BOOST. Check back for results.

John Viertel

Missouri Update – John Viertel

Soybeans are really coming on in Central Missouri! As we get into June, there are going to be several things that that are going to be addressed in the coming days. One of those will be applying foliar fertilizer to the soybeans at the proper time, and there are two stages in the life of a soybean plant that foliar feeding will benefit the most.

The first is from the V-3 through the V-5 stages (v-3 = 3 sets of trifoliate leaves, etc.). When FOLIAR OPP is applied at this time, it will help the soybean set more blossoms and retain them resulting more pods. Beans start to bloom June 21st, the first day of summer. Don’t forget SUGAR E-BOOST, at 16 ounces per acre (less than $1/acre), the return on investment makes using it with a herbicide program and foliar feeding makes great sense!This application of FOLIAR OPP can be applied with your post herbicide program, especially with Liberty, but not with the Extend or Enlist bean herbicide programs.

The second critical time to apply foliar feed, is at the beginning of pod set (R-2 or R-3). This is to help set more pods and retain those pods, resulting in higher yields. This application time is perfect for FOLIAR OPP (and SUGAR E-BOOST) to be included with a fungicide application.

Contact us if you have an interest in increasing your soybean yields and your bottom line.

John Viertel – jviertel@soilserviceinc.com or info@soilserviceinc.com