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Scouting Critical to Maximize Yield

Published on Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Moving into the summer months, scouting is extremely critical. To maximize yield we need to be looking at the crop and watching what it is telling us. Pay close attention to diseases and nutrient deficiencies. What diseases are starting to show up? Where in the canopy are they? Do you have hybrids that are tolerant to leaf diseases? These questions will help determine if a fungicide application is needed.

According to our Practical Farm Research (PFR)® data, VT applications on corn have been the most profitable when conditions are conducive to disease development. In soybeans, scout for diseases prior to the R3 growth stage. If you’ve had wet or damp conditions, and see diseases, consider a fungicide application at the R3 to R4 growth stage.

This is also a great time to look at weed control. Would a late weed control application improve yield? Be sure to look at carryover concerns and effects on cover crops before spraying a residual. We also need to look at nutrient deficiencies since we had a lot of rainfall early. If you had all your nitrogen preplant, did you lose some? Keeping a close eye on your crop throughout the summer will ultimately help you be more profitable today and in the future!


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Author: Steve Gauck