From the Field Crop Report: October 18
Northeast Iowa & Southeast Minnesota
This field of LH 5215 VT2 PRO is going 245 bushels per acre dry over 92 acres in Mitchell County. Due to all the rain last week, there hasn’t been much harvest actions. A few farmers started taking out corn Tuesday, so plans of getting back into their soybean fields in another day or two.
Bet you didn’t know we had soybeans on Easter Island! Easter Island is famous for extant monumental statues, called moai, similar to the one that’s across from Latham® dealer Kevin Squires’ farm.
North Central Iowa & South Central Minnesota
Yesterday we harvested a Latham SuperStrip plot of R2/R2X soybean plot at Latham® dealer Scott Rasmussen’s farm. Fourteen different Latham brands were planted. Yields ranged from 65 to 74 bushels per acre. Latham’s 2228 with SoyShield and ILevo topped the pot at 74 bushels per acre. Go to lathamseeds.com as yield results are being uploaded daily.
West North Central Iowa
This very nice looking field of Latham 2184 R2X near Palmer, Iowa is weed free. Look to Latham for weed control options including Roundup Ready Xtend soybeans.
Farmers in Central Iowa were able to get back in the fields on Monday, Oct. 16. Many farmers have about one week of soybean harvest before they can turn their full attention to corn. While traveling north of Boone, I noticed this competitor’s field of corn that has fell down at the node. It’s a good reminder to check fields and prioritize them for harvest. I’ve been checking fields for late-season intactness and recommending farmers check their corn acres for stocks that completely give everything it has to kernels.
Climate FieldView is a great data management tool. Farmers can make management decisions as they harvest the crop in real-time view!
This photo shows how soybean yields correlate with soil sampling maps. It indicates where this farmer needs lime in this geography of his field.
Western Iowa & Eastern Nebraska
My how attitudes change when we have great weather! After being stalled for weeks due to wet conditions, farmers in western Iowa are back in the fields. You can’t beat a day with sunshine and great yields with Latham® 2645 running in the high 60s and low 70s.
Soybean harvest has been held up due to precipitation during the past week. Combines should start to roll again in soybeans on Wednesday. Latham’s 2228 R2 soybeans have been a rockstar in Wisconsin. The flexibility to perform on good and/or stressed soils makes this product an excellent option for your acres in 2018. For more yield results from our entire product lineup, visit the Latham Hi-Tech Seeds website.
Eastern North Dakota
One of the most common questions being asked this harvest is, “How are the new Xtend® soybeans yielding? Are they as good as they look?”
The short answer is “Yes!” These plot results from a trial near Rugby, North Dakota, show a small sample of what we’re seeing in the fields. Note that 7 of the Top 10 – including 4 of the Top 5 – yield came from Latham® Xtend products!
Sales of Latham Xtend soybeans are picking up rapidly. If you’re interested in “kicking the tires” on Xtend beans in 2018, please call your local Latham representative. With results like these, supplies will not outlast the demand.
Southeast North Dakota
Be sure to check your bins before filling them! On new construction, look for loose pieces left inside the bin and make sure the slide gates work correctly. On existing bins, check for cleanliness. You might need to spray for insects. Run the take-out auger to clean the tube and check the slides for proper operation. These checks will make it much easier at grain removal time and be much safer also.
Northeast South Dakota
Thanks to Latham SuperStrip cooperators. Earlier this week we were weighing one at Henry, South Dakota. Latham® 1684 R2X is yielding well in our SuperStrips, so consider adding it to your 2018 lineup!
SuperStrips are an integral part of Latham Hi-Tech Seeds’ research program as the same group of products is planted within a given maturity range, including: products currently being offered; products we plan to add to next year’s lineup; and “experimentals” that are being tested to see if they meet our standards.
This same group of corn and soybean products is tested on several farms throughout Latham Country in the same year. We collect data on how they perform by soil type and under various environmental conditions. Hybrids and varieties are evaluated throughout the growing season for their overall characteristics and then taken to yield at harvest as a final comparison.
I’m guessing soybean harvest is about 50 percent done in my territory, so stay tuned for more results! You can get plot data on lathamseeds.com.
Soybean harvest is nearing the end, and many farmers in Northeast South Dakota are just starting to combine corn. This field of LH 4147 VT2 PRO is pushing 200 bushels per acre in a field of no-till, corn on corn, in a drought at Frankfort, SD!
Despite getting hit by hail earlier this summer, a field of LH 4454 VT2 PRO is pushing 180 south of Watertown. Moistures are in the low 20s. Good drying and harvest weather is forecast for the next week, so I’m looking forward to receiving more reports like these!
Southeast South Dakota
Last week was a great harvest week in Southeast South Dakota! In Gann Valley, Latham® 2368 R2X topped the plot. Weekend rain slowed the combines, but many farmers were rolling again on Monday. Soybean field averages are coming out at 66 bushels/A. I have also heard yield reports in the 40s and 50s even where white mold had a 10-20% impact on fields. Thank you to all of my dealers and customers who worked so hard to help with these plots. Have a safe harvest everyone!
During a visit to my region last Thursday, Amy Rohe got to participate in her first Red River Valley sugar beet harvest on Johnson farms in Glyndon, Minnesota.
Minnesota and North Dakota has been America’s sugar bowl since the 1970s. The by-product of processing pure sugar is beet pulp. The dried beet pulp is the fiber residue from extracting sugar from sliced beets. Whether it’s shipped plain dried or molasses dried, beet pulp is a valued feed source for dairy and beef producers.
Great weather made for a great day to take out the Latham plot in Vernon Center, Minnesota. Varieties were yielding well, but the two that really stood out were Latham® 2184 R2X and L 2228 RR2. Both soybeans can chase yield along with handling some iron deficiency chlorosis. These are just two of the great soybeans in Latham’s extensive lineup.
If you’re having weed control issues, Xtend soybeans may be a good fit for your fields. Talk to your local Latham representative or give me a call at 877-GO-LATHAM.