Crop Talk – Protecting yield with fungicides


Hello all!

So far this year, the corn and dry bean crops are looking great, so today I wanted to talk about protecting yield with fungicides.

We are currently in a high yield environment, very similar to 2012. We are receiving lots of heat units and the crops have responded accordingly. I believe this would be a great year to look at a fungicide at tassel in corn and the beginning of flowering in dry beans. Both applications have a great track record of improving yields at harvest.

The fungicide I recommend on corn is Headline AMP. There are many trials that show very consistent yield results, along with improved standability, on corn treated around tassel time. The key point here is to treat prior to pollination or immediately after pollination. Spraying while the plants are actively pollinating can result in poor pollination, leading to yield loss.

In dry beans, I recommend using Priaxor at the beginning of flowering. Dry beans are particularly weak against diseases and the application of a fungicide is very beneficial, eliminating stress and increasing overall plant health which will lead to increased yields. Consider pairing a foliar product, such as Max-IN Copper, for better results.

Speak with your local Farmer’s Coop agronomist for more info.

Make it a great week!



Upcoming Event: Answer Plot Session II

Quick reminder: On Friday, July 22nd, the 2nd session of WinField’s Answer Plot will be held 3 miles south of Gering, starting at 9 AM.

They will be covering a wide range of topics including wheat seed treatments, tissue sampling, and corn hybrids, including Dekalb and Croplan. If you have never attended before, there is a wealth of information to be gained. Also of note, the Gering plot is the largest corn research plot EVER planted in the NE, WY, KS, CO, & MS area.

Below is a brief overview of the Answer Plot goal:

If you are interested in attending, contact your local Farmer’s Coop agronomist for more details. If distance is an issue, I’m sure you could hitch a ride with one of us.


Crop Talk – Grow Smart Update

Hello all!

I wanted to update everyone on the Grow Smart trials. On Saturday, we applied our post application on the Mirage Flats field. Here is what we included in the mix:

  • Class Act NG
  • RoundUp Powermax
  • Armezon PRO
  • Priaxor
  • Max-IN Ultra ZMB
  • Interlock

I tweaked the recommendation slightly. For starters, I ran a higher rate of Class Act NG, due to the hot, dry conditions. At 2.5 gal/100, I expect to get better uptake of the herbicides.  I also bumped the RoundUp rate to 32 oz. The Armezon PRO is an HPPD inhibitor (bleacher) and Outlook for residual. I chose to run Priaxor to promote better plant health and some addition fertility through Max-IN Ultra ZMB, a foliar product. The Interlock was added to prevent drift and increase canopy penetration.

The following video was recorded during the application:

In Hemingford, we will be applying Priaxor and Max-IN Ultra ZMB this week. The grower applied RoundUp and Status last week to clean up the field. The Verdict was still holding very well, but there were weeds breaking through in a few places.

These plots are open to the public. If you want to see what we have been doing, contact your local Farmer’s Coop agronomist.

Make it a great week!

Crop Talk – Hemingford Grow Smart

Hello all!

Today I wanted to give a quick update on the Grow Smart plot in Hemingford.

The Verdict has held up extremely well so far. The corn is at the V4 stage and still no evidence of weeds coming through yet.

Photo Jun 09, 3 39 15 PM

Left: Verdict                                             Right: Untreated

Above is an image from last week. There doesn’t appear to be much, but when you start moving through the field, you can really start to see a major difference. The picture below was taken a little further into the field on the untreated side. It is primarily lambsquarters.

Photo Jun 09, 3 42 13 PM


Tissue samples were pulled today and the results will likely arrive Wednesday or Thursday. As soon as they arrive, we will make decisions on additional fertility necessary. A foliar treatment along with Priaxor will be applied with the post herbicide application this week.

If anyone is interested in visiting the plot for a closer look, you can call the Hemingford Agronomy Office at 308-487-5219. Ask for Brandon Yetter or Miles Buskirk.

Make it a great week!


Crop Talk – Tissue Sampling and Micronutrients

It’s about time to start tissue sampling corn fields to find any nutrient deficiencies that may be present and make in-season fertility applications based on need, instead of shooting from the hip.

Using the Nutrisolutions 360 approach, we can maximize your yield opportunity by combining soil samples before the season, along with tissue samples during the season, to determine what the crop is missing to perform at a higher level.


Tissue samples are pulled 2-3 times throughout the growing season – V6, V10, and VT. After the V6 and V10 samples are pulled, the report will show what nutrients are deficient. These defeciencies can then be corrected using a foliar application during the first post herbicide application, or through an injection. This is especially useful on micronutrients, which tend to be more expensive than the standard nitrogen, phosphorous, and sulfur.

In the long-term, the VT sample is likely the most important sample. At this point, nothing can be changed in-season, but it will give us a report card for the season, showing us which nutrients we may have over-applied and what we came up short on. The key is to use the results for the next year to build a farm plan that corrects these problems. We are always trying to move forward.

If you have any questions about tissue sampling, contact your local Farmer’s Coop agronomist for more.

Make it a great week!

Crop Talk – Grow Smart plots

Photo Jun 06, 9 39 40 AMHope everyone had a great Memorial Day last week!

Quick note: I’m sure you all have noticed the rust has exploded over the past week. It is not too late for some fields to be sprayed and salvage some yield. Now onto the plots.

This year Farmer’s Coop has partnered with BASF and WinField to do some herbicide and high yield trials with 3 growers in our trade area. The 3 growers are Tim Kumpf (Hemingford), Ryan Richardson (Mirage Flats), and Gary Fuscher (Gordon). The concept is very simple; we split the fields in half, the grower treats his half as he normally would, and we treat the other half as we see fit.

Here are the planned treatments as of right now:


  • Pre-emerge – Verdict
  • Post-emerge – RoundUp & Status
  • VT – Headline AMP

Mirage Flats:

  • Pre-emerge – RT3 & Zidua
  • Post – RoundUp & Armezon Pro
  • VT – Headline AMP


  • Pre-emerge – RT3, 2,4-D LV6, & Verdict
  • Post-emerge – RoundUp, Status, Zidua, Max-In ZMB, & Priaxor
  • VT – Headline AMP

Changes will be made as the season progresses. We will pull tissue samples in a couple weeks to decide if more fertility is needed and plan accordingly. In-season satellite imagery will be used throughout the season to scout the fields. I would strongly encourage you to contact your agronomist if you have questions or would like to see one of the plots. We will gladly give you a tour and answer any questions you have about the chosen products.

I will regularly post updates about the plots and what we are seeing.

Make it a great week!

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!



As of 3/25/16 Tucker Hamilton is no longer with Farmer’s Coop. He has gone back to his home area by Newcastle WY to farm and ranch. Everyone at Farmer’s Coop wishes him success in his new venture!

Tucker Talk: March 4, 2016


White 4-Pod at FCE

The 2016 revenue protection spring price for corn is $3.86. This is the average December futures price over the month of February.  The harvest price will be the average December futures price over the month of October.

Corn exports did better than expected last week and even though total exports are behind last years, the exports last week were higher than the same week last year.  Gulf corn offers to Asia have finally drifted low enough to be within $0.05 of offers from Argentina which will leave the US open for corn bookings.

Crude oil prices rallied today to 2-month highs but traders consider it short-covering rather than a bullish change in fundamentals.

Increased weather risk has caused a $0.20 rally in wheat over the last 3 days.  Warm temperatures have caused wheat to break dormancy 4 weeks ahead of schedule in important growing areas.  Most wheat producing areas are still under statistically high probability of a hard freeze until March 31st.  Areas such as Kansas and Oklahoma will need more moisture in order to keep the wheat going but rains are having a hard time developing.  Large rallies will be limited by increased farmer selling and moving of on-farm grain stocks.