Blogging by the Bushel
With numerous challenges over the past several years for producers, we at Mercer Landmark understand the need for a comprehensive risk management solution. We seek to provide our customers with unparalleled service to ensure maximum results.

By: Randy Roe

The season has progressed rapidly throughout the area. I saw the first corn field with tassels today and would expect to begin seeing more corn tasseling this next week. The excellent growing conditions has left us with very high yield potential in many fields. Some places have been and are continuing to struggle with excess water that has started stressing crops, especially the soybeans.
Hot weather with high humidity makes for ideal conditions for diseases to begin showing up. Phytophthora began to appear in fields 2 weeks ago (picture below). While seed treatment helps early season, the Phytophthora infection occurred late enough that it had limited effect on reducing damage. At this point in the season, we are relying on the genetics of the soybeans to combat the disease.

Septoria is in most soybeans. You will notice it on the lower leaves as they will turn yellow and fall off.
Grey leaf spot (Picture below) has moved into the corn. Favorable weather conditions could cause this disease to explode over the entire area. Fungicide applications at the tassel (VT) stage will protect against disease moving up the plant and will help to maintain the greatest yield potential.

With high yield potential, we do not want to lose out on making the most out of every acre.
Stay safe as we continue to progress through the season and talk with your Mercer Landmark agronomy representative to assist you in your decisions to give your crop the best opportunity to produce high yields.

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