Warm soil temperatures and uniform emergence

XtremeAg’s Kelly Garrett, Matt Miles, and Kevin Matthews look to finish up planting soon as  soil conditions continue to improve and early emergence rates look promising. 

Kelly Garrett - Arion, Iowa

A fifth-generation farmer, Kelly Garrett farms corn, soybeans, and winter wheat in western Iowa.

We started planting corn on Tuesday, April 23, 2021. Soil temperature was 57° F. and rising. We are excited about the conditions and it should lead to an even stand of corn. We are applying Nachurs and TerraMax products in-furrow. On our corn-on-corn ground we are applying a mix of 32% nitrogen, Teva's C-Cat and K-Flex from Nachurs in our 2x2 system. We are hoping that this mix will help reduce any yield drag that we usually see when planting corn-on-corn ground.

A John Deere tractor and nutrient applicator sit in front of a shop in Iowa
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Our soybean planting is finishing up and starter trials for Agroliquid, Nachurs, and AgXplore have been planted. We are running the Closer System on all planters and continue to be very impressed with the way it has worked in our no-till environment.

Matt Miles - McGehee, Arkansas

Matt is a fourth-generation farmer in southeast Arkansas who grows corn, soybeans, rice, and cotton.

As Kid Rock would say “we ain’t seen the sunshine in 3 dang days", and it's looking like we may not see it for the next five either. Fortunately, we were able to get all the beans in last week. We currently have bean stages ranging from v-4 to still emerging. We have already made the 1st of 2 y-drop applications of 28-0-0 5s.

Soybeans emerged on Matt Miles' Arkansas farm
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On our corn, we are ranging from v-6 to v-3. We currently have 130 acres of cotton up and out of the ground. Saturday we wrapped up cotton. Now we can start concentrating on some of our foliar and y-drop research plots for XtremeAg members. Although we have had abnormal cold temps and rainfall this spring, I am extremely excited about where we are today. Now if we can just see some sun and warm temperatures, we can get this party started. Good luck to everyone and please be safe as you work these long hours.

Corn emerged on Matt Miles' Arkansas farm
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Kevin Matthews - East Bend, North Carolina

Kevin and his wife, Cindy, own and operate Matthews Family Farms of North Carolina, Inc., Precision Nutrient Management, Inc., and Deep Creek Grain, Inc. in East Bend and Yadkinville.

Planting is now about 40% complete. We would like to be further along as conditions have been ideal for planting, but we had to stop planting as we waited for a few parts to arrive. So far, I am pretty happy with the emergence rates we are seeing with our corn and soybeans. Uniform emergence is such an important part of growing excellent yields. We could use some rain as the no-till land is getting hard. A few more dry days and will need to park the planter until we get some moisture.

Our AgroLiquids, AgXplore, and Nachurs research plots are all planted, and we have many more to get in this week for our other partners. Multiple varieties of soybeans and corn were planted for our field day this past week and fertility trials have been started. It will be interesting to see how far we can push yields on these fields with our subsurface drip irrigation from Netafim. We see a lot of potential this season, and who knows, maybe we will get another record yield for our team. Our Xyway fungicide trials are now planted, ­and it'll be interesting to watch this product perform in our tough disease-prone environments versus the proven fungicides we regularly use.

Our wheat is heading now and hopefully, all our fungicide applications will be out in a few days to control the head scab. The milling prices are so strong that protecting this crop seems more important than ever.

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