Farmers are spraying fungicide, looking toward harvest

Farmers are working diligently to get fungicide on the crops at the proper timing.

XtremeAg farmers Chad Henderson, Dan Luepkes, and Lee Lubbers share their crops progress in Alabama, Illinois, and South Dakota. XtremeAg is about growers having access to six record-holding producers’ unique experiences, failures, and advice. Each producer leading XtremeAg has a world of knowledge they are willing to share and teach others.

Chad Henderson – Madison, Alabama

Farmer Chad Henderson of Xtreme Ag
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A fifth-generation farmer, Chad farms over 8,000 acres with his dad, son, and nephew as a part of Henderson Farms in northern Alabama. Chad grows corn, soybeans, and wheat in what had been mostly a dryland environment until 2012 when he added the first irrigation systems to Henderson Farms.

On our farm we are preparing to start harvest toward the end of August. Grain bins are being cleaned out to make room for this year’s wheat and corn. We are working to haul corn from last year’s crop to the elevator. It has been an interesting process since it was stored in enormous bags.

Combines are in the shop getting prepped for corn harvest. Overall the corn looks great for both dryland and irrigated. The corn is right between 2,000 and 2,200 GDUs. Right now we are not seeing any disease. We did go ahead and put fungicide on our irrigated corn.

Double-crop beans are coming through the wheat straw making for a great stand. We got our first herbicide treatment on and the fields look clean. The plan for this week is to start the irrigation on them. 

We got a rain 2½ weeks ago that made the crop. It was perfect timing with the other ½ inch we got last week. The temperatures have continued to be high for the past two weeks.

Dan Luepkes – Oregon, Illinois

Farmer Dan Luepkes of Xtreme Ag
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A fifth-generation Illinois farmer, Dan was raised on a small 200-acre dairy farm. After the family got out of milking cows, he picked up a few small farms and continued to grow eventually saving enough money to buy challenging, low productivity, sandy farms that no one else wanted.

We have low disease pressure in corn and beans for our farm. Tar spot has been reported locally on other farms. We used Veltyma, a fungicide from BASF to be proactive. It helps us sleep better at night knowing we took that step. 

Blue sprayer applying fungicide in a soybean field
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Overall the corn and soybeans look very good. Soybeans have been sprayed with Revytek fungicide paired with an insecticide to take care of Japanese beetles. Soybeans are putting on pods with adequate moisture. Corn is nearing brown silk with good pollination from what we can see.

We use the Netafim subsurface drip irrigation. We’ve been adding fertility thru the drip system to try keeping our yield potential high.

Lee Lubbers – Gregory, South Dakota

Farmer Lee Lubbers of Xtreme Ag
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Lee and his brother began farming in the 1980s during some of the toughest times for farming, but the lessons they learned still shape them today.

So far everything is looking good. Hail has been staying away while we’ve caught some rain. It rained 2 inches two weeks ago.

Last week we wrapped up hard red winter wheat harvest beating the rain. We cut exceptionally good wheat for our area. We are very happy with our wheat yields.

Septoria leaf spot on soybeans in some fields. Right now white mold has not showed up. It is typically near the end of August before we will see any of it. There have been a few thistle caterpillars and bean leaf beetles. We are laying fungicides Delaro and Stratego YLD through this week. There are some other products that we are playing around with in hydro boast and in combination with an insecticide.

Our soybeans are at R2-R3 with minimal disease pressure. We want to keep everything as healthy as we can.

Corn looks excellent. We’ve had good temperatures for pollination. Usually we are close to 100°F. and this year we have not hit 100°F. yet.

Harvest is still a ways out for us, but we are on track for raising a good crop if no hail comes through.

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