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IL Corn Plot Update – Tony Gann

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Seems like we jumped straight from winter to summer! With this heat, the corn has really jumped up there and the beans are progressing nicely. Now all we need is rain to continue what looks like to be a good start to the 2018 crop. Here at Soil Service, Inc. we have foliar fed our corn plots and are looking to foliar feed our bean plots next week. Derek Porter has been tracking our corn plots and they seem to be doing very well.  As Derek continues to monitor and update us on the corn plots we will be getting ready for our upcoming aerial fungicide season. Usually this doesn’t start until after July 4th but if the corn keeps going the way it is and with a few rains here and there, it might be sooner than later. 

If anyone has any questions on our aerial applications they should contact our office or one of our many salesmen!


Tony Gann, IA Sales


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.

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Good Results from Burndown – John Viertel

A couple of weeks ago, I showed a picture of cereal rye with the coverage of the burndown herbicide when using Soil Boost Plus and Landoil. The cereal rye cover crop was under stress from dry weather and had also been grazed by a cow herd. We just had a neighbor stop and ask about our spray program because his cereal rye had been burnt down, but a lot of it was still green (and still is on this date). The picture that I took today, shows just how good our spray program works, even under stress conditions. The soybeans are looking good now after receiving some very welcome rain. Hope your crops are doing well, and if you would like to visit with us about making your herbicide program better, contact us at

Happy Memorial Day and Thank You to all our Veterans!

John Viertel, MO Sales

Storms in Central Missouri – John Viertel

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Yes, we have been very dry for the past several weeks, with only about a half inch of rain two weeks ago right here in Central Missouri. Today we received some welcomed rain, but with a price. Severe storms rolled through our farm (and the SOIL SERVICE, INC. Missouri warehouse) about three p.m. The wind lifted the roof up a little, virtually no damage, but we will have to get up there tomorrow and inspect it more closely. There were reports of high winds and hail all around the area.

Hail at this stage of corn’s growth (V-4 to V-5) is not good. Shredding of the leaves doesn’t look great, those will disappear later anyway. It is the bruising of the young stalks that can lead to problems. Disease can enter the corn plant through these, resulting in stalk rots and standability issues closer to harvest.

If you have had hail and the corn is damaged, here is what we would like to recommend:

As soon as possible after the damage, apply one (1) to two (2) gallons of 9-18-9-1 and one (1) quart magnesium per acre to that crop. This will aid in helping the plant heal and give it energy as it’s healing and putting out new leaves. Getting this application done 48 hours after the damage is critical. Aerial application maybe the best option if rain persists for a few days, keeping the sprayers out of the field.

If the corn is V-5 to V-7, adding one half rate of fungicide is a very good idea. Make sure you are using one with a preventative. Research has shown that this application will give the corn better stress tolerance and a yield boost.

We have the product(s) and the aerial application know-how to assist you if have had damage to your corn. This season has already been challenging enough, let us help?

If you have questions, or need assistance evaluating what is going on in your field, contact us through the SOIL SERVICE, INC. Office.

Planting Green into Cereal Rye – John Viertel

     It is dry here in Central Missouri, but the corn is up, and soybeans are going into the ground at a record pace. It seems that we have gone from a long winter, right into summer as the temps have been in the low to mid-eighties for several days. One of our neighbors stopped at my warehouse this morning to see what we have been using for a burndown on our cereal rye cover crop. He was not satisfied with the results of his burndown this year, and by having it custom sprayed, did not use SOIL BOOST PLUS or LANDOIL with the herbicide mix. He thought he may have to have it resprayed – ouch.

     Since we are so dry here, even the growing cover crops are under stress. That, coupled with the lower than average night time temperatures when the burndown was applied, caused the plants not take in the herbicide as well. Two of the benefits of using SOIL BOOST PLUS and LANDOIL with herbicide application are that by working together they help get the herbicides absorbed into the target plants, and then translocated in the plant, helping the herbicide do it’s job of killing those the target plants.

John Viertel