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GIVE YOUR SOYBEANS A NEEDED BOOST

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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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Rolled Cereal Rye Field on 7/16/19 – John Viertel

Rolled Cereal Rye field on July 16, 2019

This is a general picture of the Rolled Cereal Rye field that we rolled and planted on June 4. There were no herbicides applied before or after planting. We depended on the mat of residue to help hold down the weeds until it was sprayed on July 5, 2019. This field has a history of heavy foxtail pressure because of hay brought in from Texas during an extreme drought in the early 1950s. Note the excellent job our herbicide program has done. Don’t think there will have to be another herbicide application to this field.

Here is that program (all per acre amounts): 24 oz. SOIL BOOST PLUS®, 32 oz. Landoil®, 32 oz. Max72-SRN®, 16 oz. Sugar E-Boost®, 2 gallons Foliar Opp® for legumes, 36 oz. Liberty, 10 oz. Volunteer, 2.6 oz. Hero.

Here is what the mat of rolled cereal rye looks like on July 16.

Did not have my soil thermometer with me last Tuesday, but I am going to put it in my truck, so the next time I get by this field I can get a soil temp in this field under that mat. Then get a reading in just a no till field. The last time I did that was several years ago comparing the temperature under the straw mulch vs. in bare soil in a minimum till field. The difference was significant then. Will be interesting to see if there are the same results this year. Check back to see the results.

 

John Viertel, CCA

jviertel@soilserviceinc.com

Crop Progress in Central Illinois – Derek Porter

What a difference last week made in the planting progress here in Central Illinois and across many areas of the corn belt. Much of the corn in my area has been planted with a slug of beans being put in the ground much of last week through this week. Unfortunately, there are still areas experiencing wet conditions. I talked to one guy out in Ohio that’s still experiencing wet conditions and it sounded like there was a strong possibility for him to take prevent plant on all his corn acres and if conditions don’t improve, beans might not be planted either. Driving around central Illinois, I would say the condition of the corn crop has improved as we’ve dried things out but there are plenty of fields that are still riding the struggle bus compared to what we normally would expect this time of year in central Illinois. Some corn that is V3 and earlier is trying to establish its nodal root system which might cause yellowing in some fields particularly ones that have been waterlogged and compacted. Soil microbes are also starting to ramp up as conditions dry out and are tying up some of the nitrogen, sulfur, and other nutrients in the soil in order to break down old crop residues. This will cause yellowing in both corn and soybeans and is often referred to as the carbon penalty. Any yellowing seen in corn early on is likely to limit top end yield potential particularly in hybrids that flex in girth. In soybeans, this yellowing will likely go away once the soybean starts to make its own nitrogen which is at the V4 stage and shouldn’t limit yield potential a whole lot. A good way to manage this carbon penalty is to apply some nitrogen either broadcast or with your planter along with some sulfur. I had one grower apply some liquid UAN with some thiosulfate out the back of his planter and he saw a pretty good response in the early growth of his corn.

Speaking of early growth, phosphate-based starter fertilizer’s such as our Crop Choice® 3-18-18-1 or 9-18-9-1 that have a high concentration of phosphorus, push energy production and ultimately growth in the plant. Even if corn was planted late this year, I still expect to see a positive yield response if you used a phosphate-based starter fertilizer such as our Crop Choice blends. The positive yield response could even be as much or more than is typically seen when starter fertilizer is applied earlier in the season. This is due to the accelerated growth that should lead to earlier pollination and a longer grain fill period. This in turn will give about a week more of grain fill leading to higher kernel weight which will be the key to high yields with late planted corn. Usually lack of starch accumulation in the kernels due to a shortened ear fill window is why corn doesn’t yield quite as well when it’s planted late.  

I’m also seeing a lot of sulfur and zinc deficiencies throughout the area and a foliar feed of these nutrients with your post emerge herbicides might be warranted. Our Foliar Opp® contains both sulfur and zinc plus other micronutrients and our Max72-SRN® contains sulfur but can be blended with zinc and other micronutrients as needed. We’ve seen both products add 5-10 bushels in corn when combined with our Sugar E-Boost®. With cash corn at $4.50 here in central Illinois, it only takes 2 bushels of corn to pay for this application.

I’m also seeing good performance out of our Landoil® and Soil Boost spray adjuvants. Once again both adjuvants are proving to be safe on the crop with very little herbicide response being observed in fields that had a full label rate of herbicide applied to them.

I hope things are looking better on your operation as we progress through this tough growing season. If you have any questions you can call our office or contact myself or other Soil Service salesman in your area.

 

Derek Porter

Sales Manager

309-267-6905

dporter@soilserviceinc.com

Crop response of running UAN with thiosulfate on the planter.

Crop response of using a phosphate based starter (3-18-18-1 on the left) gives a rapid growth response that accelerates corn growth by 1 week.

Corn yellowing due to the carbon penalty.

Sulfur deficiency on corn appears as yellow stripping between the veins. Zinc and other micronutrients such as manganese can look similar.      

 

Landoil and Soil Boost Extreme did an outstanding job controlling weeds and provided excellent crop safety. 

 

Starter vs. No Starter – June 1, 2019 – John Viertel

It’s been said that a “picture is worth a thousand words”. Really don’t have to say anything else with this picture!

This is from the no till field that I wrote about back on April 25. It was planted into following a burn down of a cereal rye cover crop. We did plant a test plot in this field, comparing our Crop Choice starter program with different mixes of our products. As you can see, there is a “HUGE” difference with the starter program vs no starter.

Program shown here:       5 gallons per acre 9-18-9-1, 1.25 gallons per acre Max 72 SRN, 1 pint per acre 9% Zinc, and 1 pint per acre of Sugar E-Boost.

By the way, the program corn plants are in the V-4 stage, while the no starter corn is behind at this point in barely the V-3 stage. This photo was taken on May 31, 2019.

If you are planting in to cover crops, or are thinking about doing so in the future, a Crop Choice Starter Program can help get your corn off to a great start, even in not so perfect growing conditions.

My contact info:     jviertel@soilserviceinc.com or 573-680-6951 call or text

Soil Service, Inc office:      info@soilserviceinc.com or 888-313-2360

John Viertel

Update – MO Plot

Here we are no tilling, into a killed cover crop, a CROP CHOICE fertilizer plot on April 25. Notice the dark clouds to the west? We did have a shower and had to quit for the day right after we got done with the plot. We finished the field the next day. This is going to be an interesting comparison. We used 9-18-9-1 as the base starter, then added zinc, then SUGAR E-BOOST, and then Max 27 SRN. There can be an allelopathic effect from the cereal rye, when planting corn into that cover crop. Having a good starter program with extra nitrogen should help the corn get off to a good start, not having to deal with the effect from the cereal rye. This plot should give us a good idea of how our program works.

I will be following this plot the entire season, so check back to check on its progress.

By the way, it has started raining this morning, and the forecast for the rest of the week here in Central Missouri is for 2.5 to 5 inches of rain. Field work has again come to a halt. It has been an interesting year, to say the least. A lot of corn got planted last week, now we have to deal with heavy rains on those freshly planted fields. As it dries out and corn starts to emerge, take time to evaluate stands carefully before making any replant decisions.

 

My contact info:               jviertel@soilserviceinc.com or 573-680-6951 voice or text

Soil Service, Inc office:   info@soilserviceinc.com or 888-313-2360

Have a safe and productive planting season!

John Viertel