By Greg Mair, Regional Sales Manager for Southern Wisconsin

“Anxious” is the word I would use to describe the mood around the countryside as this crop reaches maturity.  Growers are left wondering, “Is this crop going to yield what we think it should?”

In the soybean fields, the leaves of the early varieties are starting to turn yellow.  Sudden Death Syndrome and White Mold issues continue to be a hot topic with growers across the region. Remember, seed selection is key to avoiding these problems in the future. Soybean planting date and seed bed conditions also have a great impact. Ask your local Latham® rep – or call the office at 1.877.GO.LATHAM (1.877.465.2842) – about IRONCLADTM soybeans, available only from Latham Hi-Tech Seeds

In a plot northeast of Madison, the Latham Hi-Tech Hybrids look wonderful.  LH 5099 SS and LH 4859 SS are two hybrids that caught my eye.  The first, LH 5099 SS, is a widely adaptable hybrid east to west, which handles variable soils well. As you can see from the attached photos, this hybrid has very good late-season intactness and is sure to catch eyes this harvest. The second hybrid, LH 4859 SS, has been a consistent performer for several years. It offers a semi-flex ear on excellent stalks. This hybrid performs best when kept in zone. 

Areas of southern Wisconsin, during the past 24 hours, received another 1.5” of rain, adding to the already moist conditions.  With this moisture and cooler nighttime temperatures, forage choppers have been kept indoor across much of the. Growers need the right window to get started.  Depending upon the on-farm storage ability for corn silage, the growers are targeting a whole plant moisture of anywhere from 70 to 73% for bunker storage down to the even in the low 60’s for cement upright silos. 

Provided there is a change in this wet weather pattern, we will start to see the whole plant moistures arrive at that ideal harvest window in the coming days. Harvest is when many decisions are made about next year’s crop plan. Click here for tips on selecting silage hybrids. Remember, Latham Seeds offers a wide range of maturities with amazing options to provide the customer digestibility and tonnage they are looking for in corn silage varieties.  Please contact your Latham seed representative to discuss the corn silage options for your operation or call me at 1.877.GO.LATHAM. 

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