We are nearing the end of 2019. This year posed more challenges than I anticipated. Inconsistency was the most consistent thing. Diversity also creates opportunity to learn. It is important not to dismiss this year and ignore the data. During seed order appointments I try to help everyone evaluate not just the seed but their entire crop production program. Making a positive impact on your farming operation is my main goal. I encourage everyone to start planning for 2020, it's not too far away.
Great yields from my plot behind the warehouse. The moisture has dropped to a tolerable level allowing harvest to start. 194-49, 194-75, 197-90, and 198-17 had a strong showing. Our existing workhorses were solid as always 192-08, 197-68, and 195-18. I also tested our silage lineup for grain yield. You won't see 243 bu/acre from BMR or TMF products.
Tar spot is making an appearance late in 2019. This is from one of my fields in Sparta. Other growers have seen similar infestations. We have had a lot of issues so why not one more. It should have no major negative impact on yields this late in the season. You definately need to make plans to manage this disease next year and in the future. I will talk about it with everyone at seed ordering time.
Is that what I think it is? This weather is pushing along corn maturity. Channel 197-90VT2P planted May 7th. I have also observed a lot of top die back caused by Anthracnose and Northern Corn Leaf Blight. Watch stalks close if you plan on harvesting late.
The Yield PRO Channel Soybean plot is maturing nicely. Maturity ranges from 2.5 to 1.6, planted on April 24th. New varieties for 2020 planting being tested here are 1920R2X and 2020R2X. Both look amazing and represent the 5th generation of Xtend soybean genetics. Enlist and GT27 varieties are only on their 1st or 2nd generation. With waterhemp taking over as our #1 weed problem the Xtend system is the answer.