Joe Kriz – Agronomy Intern

Photo May 26, 2 14 25 PMPlease welcome Joe Kriz to the Agronomy Department this summer. Joe has been with us for about a month now. He grew up in Crawford on a 2000 acre farm is currently going to school at Mitchell Technical Institue in Mitchell, SD. He is enrolled in the Agriculture Technology program and plans to work as an agronomist after he finishes.

Stop by and welcome Joe when you get a chance!



Crop Talk – Stripe rust is here

Scouting the past week has revealed stripe rust is here and with the southern winds, it is highly likely that more will be coming. A fungicide treatment is recommended to protect yields.  Luckily, there is no shortage of options in the fungicide market. Below are a few of my favorite options, but first a look at the weather.

Weather Update:

  • Soil temperature at 2″: 58° at 10:30 AM
  • Rainfall: 0.2″ with some hail, mostly around Hemingford moving northeast

Now onto some fungicides:

Topaz is a triazole fungicide that is very economical and offers good control of stripe rust. The biggest downfall of Topaz is a short-lived residual, meaning you will only get about a week of residual protection. Might be an option on dryland acres, but beware that multiple applications may be necessary.

Priaxor is a premium offering from BASF. It will bring extended residual along with excellent control of stripe rust. Priaxor is a proven product and an absolute must if you want to protect yields in irrigated wheat.

Twinline is another premium option from BASF. Like Priaxor, it has a great residual and is excellent against stripe rust. What sets it apart from other options is control on wheat scab. Highly recommended on irrigated acres and dryland if you are trying to achieve higher yields.

If you have any questions about these products or need a field scouted for rust, contact your local Farmer’s Coop agronomist.

Make it a great week!

Kyle McCarthy – Grain Dept. Intern

I’d like to introduce Kyle McCarthy. Kyle has joined the  Grain Department  this summer in an internship position and will be focusing on commodity risk management.

Kyle is originally from Aurora, NE and is currently at Chadron State finishing up his master degree in business administration. He has also been involved in football and track among other activities at Chadron State.

Kyle is looking forward to the meeting  and working with as many customers of Farmer’s Coop as he can. If you get a chance stop in the Hemingford office and say Hi. He would enjoy getting to talk with you


Crop Talk – Residual corn herbicides

A cool, wet weekend dropped soil temperatures. Recently planted corn will not be very active until our soils begin to warm up again.

Weather Update:

  • Soil temperature at 2″: 48° at 10:30 AM
  • Rainfall: 0.1″

This week is all about corn herbicides – residual in particular. RoundUp and Status are very common herbicides in our part of the country, but neither provides anything in terms of residual weed control. Here are a few of my favorite products:

Atrazine is probably the most well-known residual herbicide around. It is very strong against grasses and handles broadleaves such as kochia and lambsquarters. I like it primarily as a dryland option because it is very economical and also to avoid any potential rotation issues. Tank mix with RoundUp to burn-down any emerged weeds.

Trisidual is a great option for irrigated corn. It can be applied on corn from pre-plant all the way up to 11″ tall. In most cases, the residual activity lasts long enough to make it through to canopy, making it a great one-pass option with a price comparable to RoundUp/Status. Rotation to dry beans is no problem for the following year, but sugar beets can’t be planted for 26 months.

Zidua is the only choice if you have Palmer Amaranth creeping into your corn fields. It hasn’t become very common in our area yet, but if you see it, I strongly recommend getting it under control before it spreads. Palmer is a prolific seed producer and will quickly multiply in your fields, not to mention having resistance to many herbicides including RoundUp.

As usual, visit with your local Farmer’s Coop agronomist if you have any questions.

Make it a great week!


Crop Talk – Tips for planting corn

Corn has already started going in the ground, but there is still a lot left to be planted. Soil temperatures are lower than normal for this time of year, which present some unique challenges.

Quick weather update:

  • Soil temperature at 2″: 53° at 10 AM
  • Rainfall reports ranged from 0.7″ to 1.25″

Due to the cooler soil temps, there are a few steps you can take to ensure greater emergence:

  1. Correct planting depth: Planting depth can change depending on the condition of the soil. Cooler soil temperatures require a planting depth of 1.5-2″ which will provide adequate moisture. Resist the urge to plant at depths shallower than 1.25″.
  2. Avoid wet soils: If the soil is too wet, it can lead to multiple problems such as the sidewall compaction and poor seed-to-soil contact. The end result is poor root development and poor germination.
  3. Use Ascend: Ascend is a plant growth regulator. It contains three types of growth hormones: cytokinin, gibberellic acid, and indolebutyric acid. Indolebutyric acid is very beneficial in cooler soils because it helps the seed germinate quicker, resulting in a more even stand. Ascend can be applied in two different ways: in-furrow or seed treatment.

AgAnytime from Monsanto has a wealth of information regarding everything related to corn, including planting, weed management, and insect management. Be sure to check it out when you have a minute.

As always, if you have more questions, call your local Farmer’s Coop agronomist.

Make it a great week!

Crop Talk – Is drift control really important?

Hello all! Welcome to the first entry of Crop Talk! My name is Miles Buskirk. I am an agronomist at Farmer’s Coop in Hemingford. I (and possibly others) will be posting new and relevant agronomy information weekly to Farmer Scoop.

Following the snow that fell over the weekend, I am sure the sprayers will be out in full force once the fields dry out. Since wind is a normal occurrence in western Nebraska, we use InterLock spray adjuvant to limit drift. The benefits of InterLock are not limited to drift control, however.

InterLock works by reducing the amount of fine particles, which tend to drift more easily and evaporate more readily than coarse particles, meaning your money is literally evaporating away when they don’t hit the target. These coarse particles also penetrate the canopy better, increasing the efficacy and deposition.

Another key component of drift control is selecting the right spray nozzle. I would strongly recommend taking five minutes to watch this video about spray nozzle selection: Video: Picking the right spray nozzle

If you have any questions about InterLock or different nozzle types, visit with your local Farmer’s Coop agronomist.

Make it a great week!