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S. Illinois & Missouri - Jonathan Perkins, CCA

Spring Scouting Importance

Published on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The month of May is a busy time of year for most of us, to say the least. This does not allow much time for scouting, but it is important this time of year. To review some key points, let’s think about the crops in the field in May. 


Winter Wheat: Hopefully by now, most wheat fields are already in the home stretch. Keep an eye out for foliar diseases and insects. As wheat approaches flowering, it helps to watch the weather forecast. If the weather pattern is rainy/ humid and temperatures are between 75˚ to 85˚F, potential for head scab increases. Past Practical Farm Research (PFR)® data has shown positive returns for flowering applications of Caramba® and Prosaro®. 


Corn: Evaluate stands and scout for insects and disease pressure. Corn that is planted in May generally has better yield potential than corn planted in June, so stand evaluation is key to maintaining optimum stands. Keep an eye out for weed pressure and make sure to target herbicide applications at weeds that are 4 in. or less. 


Soybeans: Similar to corn, evaluate stands and scout for insects and disease pressure. Keep an eye out for weed pressure, especially glyphosate resistant weeds like waterhemp, marestail, and Palmer amaranth!