Weekly Scouting Report - September 23, 2014

Hello everyone! For the most part we have finished scouting for 2014. The main issue I’ve seen during this pre-harvest pass is stalk quality. Anthracnose came in late and has done a lot of damage across the region. Nitrogen deficiencies from elevation or nitrogen management are other causes of poor plant health. So again, I must reiterate the importance of keeping an eye on stalk strength and health when making harvest timing decisions.

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Another thing I’ve noticed is that moisture from plant to plant can change by 3-4 points. Plants that have Anthracnose are drier compared to the healthy green ones. When taking hand samples, be sure to pay attention to the difference in plants.

Early reports have come in that test weight is not as high as anticipated. That may change as later maturity hybrids are harvested.

Early yield reports are good for both corn and soybeans. Corn yields are coming in at a very respectable 180-230 bushel per acre. Early soybeans reports range from 55-75 bushels per acre.

Please be careful out there and have a safe and profitable harvest.

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