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NE ILLINOIS, NW INDIANA, SE WISCONSIN - CHAD KALAHER, CCA

Next Steps for Corn and Soybean Crops

Published on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A significant amount of corn was planted into good conditions across the majority of our geography between April 14 and 19. Soil temperatures were adequate and trended upward to support excellent germination and rapid emergence. During the last week of April, air and ground temperatures cooled, with many areas receiving rainfall. Early stand counts and root development in corn were excellent.

As the corn crop progresses through June, maintaining excellent plant health and proper nutrition will be critical for protecting maximum genetic potential. I am particularly concerned about the potential for European Corn Borer (ECB) damage in non-Bt corn fields. Areas of significant infestation have been found over the last couple years. Many foliar insecticides are effective at controlling ECB, but scouting and timely application are very important. The optimum insecticide application timing for ECB larvae control often does not match the optimum fungicide application timing. In all corn fields, don’t ignore in-season nutritional needs such as nitrogen or the potential for a fungicide application at tassel to protect against yield-robbing foliar diseases.

In soybeans, assess the need for a final herbicide application. Try to avoid post emergence applications after soybeans begin flowering. There are many tools available to help with scouting, assessing nutritional needs, and making crop protection recommendations for maximizing yield and profit. Please contact your local Beck’s dealer, seed advisor, or field agronomist for assistance. 

Author: Chad Kalaher

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