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PFR Updates and Increased Presence of True Armyworm Moths

Published on Monday, May 01, 2017

Planting is in full swing at Becks Practical Farm Research (PFR)® site in Kentucky! As I write this article on April 28, 2017, we are 80 percent complete with corn planting and 45 percent complete with soybean planting. Although we had gotten off to a great start this year, Mother Nature started throwing mixed weather our way as of late and the fluctuation in temperatures and precipitation we experienced could possibly cause some issues.

The cool, wet days could have created some issues with slower than normal emergence and seedling rot that we need to be on the lookout for. The warmer, drier days with southern winds have helped our fields dry out, but bring issues of their own. We have seen very high mouth counts for the true armyworm in the state of Kentucky for this time of year, so be sure to scout your fields and keep an eye out for those in your corn and wheat fields.

Photo Credit: John Obermeyer, Purdue University

Speaking of wheat, we have just finished making all of our fungicide applications on our fields here at the Kentucky PFR site. Before making these applications, we did find some presence of barley yellow dwarf in some of the wheat. No rusts were present at this time, but with the weather fronts coming from the south, we will continue to monitor our fields regularly. Although the crops are maturing at an earlier pace than in previous years, the overall outlook for the wheat crop looks very nice.

Despite the great start to this year, we could continue to hit a few bumps in the road with the recent weather. Be sure to take this time to do some extra scouting of your fields. If you see any issues out there and have questions, don’t hesitate to contact your Beck’s seed advisor or dealer.

I hope you all continue to have a great spring.


Chris Robinson | PFR Location Lead


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