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It is now one year since the last blog on foliar feeding (check out that blog from last year) and a lot has been going on through out the world. There are some things in short supply, especially in the tech field. Commodity prices have the experts baffled. And it snowed in April! What a year!

There have been a lot of acres planted and we are all hoping for perfect conditions to carry our crops through to harvest for record yields to go along with the good prices. One of best ways to help that crop(s) realize that potential is to foliar feed them. Ok, in times of lower commodity prices it can be harder to justify foliar feeding. However, with these prices, realizing a good ROI is much easier. Using a central Missouri new crop corn bid as of 5/7/21, one bushel of corn will pay 80% of a gallon of Max 72 SRN or 2075 SRN. If you are planning on applying fungicide on your corn, adding one gallon of either of these products has the potential to add another two to five bushels to your yield increase with the fungicide program.

Now look at soybean. Local new crop beans closed as of 5/7/21 at almost $14 per bushel. One bushel increase in yield with FOLIAR OPP for Legumes will almost pay for the two gallon recommended rate for the Foliar Opp, and at the V-4 stage of application, you can apply with a herbicide application. If plans are to apply fungicide at early podding, Foliar Opp can be used with that application, too!

There are more advantages to foliar feeding than just an increase in yield, but we all know that is what we are striving for. Here are a few that lead to the increase in yield:

  1. Plant health – A healthy plant is more productive, has less pests, fewer disease problems, and responed to good growing conditions.
  2. Better root systems – good root systems are able to take up more nutrients from the soil. That fertilizer that has been applied to the your field costs a lot more today, help that plant utilize it.
  3. Stress tolerance – Ok, if you have good plant health, good roots, yes, that plant is going to handle stress better.
  4. Ease of application – when you can piggy-back with your herbicide or fungicide application, you get a better yield, therefore, a better ROI.

The opportunity of high commodity prices (at this time of year) doesn’t come along often. With the potential of today’s corn and bean varieties, there is a very good chance to hit a home run with yield and marketing. The products for foliar feeding that we have to offer, and our expertise in using them, could help you realize your goals for this growing season.

Go to our web site to revisit the blog from last year about foliar feeding. It has the timing for the products and alittle about our other products to make foliar feeding work better. Call or email if you have questions about any of our products.

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Soil Service, Inc office: or 888-313-2360

John Viertel: or 573-680-6951 (voice or text)

Virtual Plot Tour Info – John Viertel

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I was invited to attend a Virtual Plot Tour that was put on by FMC last week. They were talking about herbicide trials and showing how the different treatments were working. What I was really interested in was the new fungicide Xyway 3D and Xyway LFR.

This new fungicide is applied at planting in furrow, using FMC’s application system, 3RIVE 3D (which makes a foam that is laid in the furrow), or the LFR, which will be mixed with a starter fertilizer program. The label for LFR is expected later this fall for the 2021 season.

What got me excited about this new technology is that it will provide season long foliar disease protection, emergence to black layer! The benefits of this technology will be:

  • Unprecedented residual foliar disease control from an at-plant soil application.
  • Season-long, inside-out disease protection from emergence up to black layer.
  • Convenient one-pass protection at planting, ahead of disease onset.
  • Contains the highest residual and most mobile fungicide active ingredient (Flutriafol) on the market.
  • Xyway 3D is formulated for use exclusively with the 3RIVE 3D® application system, which saves water, fuel, labor and time.

The ability of flutriafol to move from the soil upward through the plant for the duration of the growing season has not been demonstrated by any other fungicide active ingredient.

With the LFR formulation, you will have the option of tank mixing other fungicides to protect against seedling diseases and/or insecticides, for protection against early season insect pressure. Being able to protect the corn plant from emergence to black layer, will give your corn better stress tolerance, stalk quality, and yield potential.

CROP CHOICE liquid starter fertilizer is the perfect fit for the Xyway fungicide program! We have had a lot of experience with starter fertilizer programs and have had good yield increases with the starter alone. Now, using this type of fungicide system which has the potential of gaining another 10-20 bushels per acre (very competitive with an aerial fungicide application), while having better standability and dry down comparable to non-treated checks, this type of program should be seriously considered for your operation.

If there are questions about a CROP CHOICE starter fertilizer/fungicide program, our contact information is listed below. It is not to soon to start thinking about the 2021 growing season!


My contact info:      or 573-680-6951 voice or text

Soil Service, Inc office: or 888-313-2360


John Viertel, CCA

What is a Devastator? – John Viertel


It’s almost the middle of August! 

Since I wrote this Monday morning, a huge portion of the Midwest was hit by the very powerful “derecho.” After getting out yesterday, it looks like most of central MO was spared except for some flash flooding and tree damage (still have some small branches left in my yard). Heard of some corn that was lodged pretty bad. Mother Nature can be pretty cruel sometimes, and we hope that any damage that your operation may have sustained is minimal.

Yetter Stalk Devastator on John Deere corn head

Yet time marches on, and harvest will be here before you know it. With that in mind, below are some of the features and benefits of the Yetter Stalk Devastators. We have heard some great things about them from customers, seen some good results from private trials, and it is time to really think about how we are going to handle residue, not only this year but in the future. One of maybe the most overlooked benefit, is saving wear and tear on tires, not only on the combine (lots of them have dual tires now) but also the four-wheel drive tractors pulling the grain carts (ten tires altogether). These tires are expensive to replace and downtime during harvest might be avoided.

If you are interested in learning more about the Devastators, give us a call or send us an email. 

  • Knock over and crimp stalks, facilitating faster decomposition and microbial break down of residue
  • Prevents damage to tires & hoses on combines, trucks, tractors, grain carts, and other implements
  • Preserves residue cover, reducing erosion, and keeping the residue from blowing over the winter
  • Mounting kits for most corn heads; they are quick and easy to install
  •  Solid steel construction; long lasting and reliable
  • Spring loaded and adjustable
  • Can be locked up for transport or when not in use
  • Will not interfere with most head trailers

John Viertel, Missouri Sale Manager

Elist Speckling & Drooping – E 3 Beans – John Viertel

Last week was interesting, as I started to get calls and texts about what was going on with the E 3 beans that were being burned by the herbicide. One call wanted to know if the Landoil was causing the problem. The other, the custom sprayer had not cleaned his sprayer out and just the herbicide residue still in the system caused the burn.

First, the Landoil is not causing this. Even where just the herbicide was used, the same things are being reported.

Second, this is not a result of the trait not working. Corteva has put out a bulletin about these crop responses. They know that there can be some “speckling” or “drooping” after application.

Drooping is brought on by the plant metabolizing the 2,4-d and the plant will return to normal with in 24 hours or so. No impact on yield.

Speckling is likely (according to Corteva) a result of herbicide tank mixes and additives to the tank mix. It can also be accentuated by weather conditions at application. Again, no impact on yield. New leaves should be coming out green.

Third, it’s just a little un-nerving to see this when using new herbicide trait in our fields, I know. Many of us have used a lot of Cobra in the past. We got used to seeing the crop response from that herbicide. If the Enlist works killing the herbicide resistant weeds (and killing them completely), and if there is not a yield drag, we may have to live with the crop response to have clean fields.


John Viertel

Missouri Sales Manager