Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sudden Death of Soybeans in 2016 and PS SDS (ILeVO®) to the Rescue

For the latest on Sudden Death Syndrome in 2016, check out these recent articles:

2016 Forecast for Sudden Death Syndrome in Early Planted Soybeans, Stephanie Porter, Soy CCA Envoy, West Central Illinois

ILeVO® Halo Effect on Soybeans, Stephanie Porter, Burrus Sales Agronomist

Eyes on Beans:  SDS Symptoms Surfacing on Early Planted Soybeans, By Emily Unglesbee, DTN, The Progressive Farmer

SDS:  The Perfect Storm, By Jill Loer, Prairie Farmer 

Left) Power Plus® 39R5 Treated with PowerShield® and (Right) Power Plus® 39R5 treated with PS SDS (PowerShield® with ILeVO®) in Schmalshof soybean plot near Avon, IL

There are two Burrus soybean plots planted by the Schmalshof family near Avon, IL.  The earlier soybean plot that was planted on April 14th, 2016 has Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) disease pressure.  The later planted soybean plot, which was planted on May 20th, 2016 is not showing signs of disease at this time.  There are two soybean varieties with and with PS SDS (PowerShield® with ILeVO®) seed treatment.  Check out for yourself how the PS SDS seed treatment is protecting this soybean variety, Power Plus® 39R5, planted on the right, from SDS:  

    "Over the course of five years and 350 company and university field trials, ILeVO has shown an average yield gain of 4.6 bushels per acre. When SDS symptoms are light, the yield bump drops down to 2.9 bu./A and in severe pressure, it rises as high as 10 bu./A, according to a company presentation." - Emily Unglesbee, DTN Staff Reporter

Monday, July 18, 2016

Could Two-spotted Spider Mites be Lurking in your Soybean Field?

Spiders. These creepy crawlers makes a lot of peoples skin crawl with discomfort, but how would you feel if you had to deal with spider mites? Occasionally, we can have a problem of two-spotted spider mites.  They are very, tiny greenish-yellow arachnids, overwinter as adults, and then lay eggs in the spring. The hatching mites establish colonies on the undersides of leaves and produce webbing over the leaf surface, prompting the name “spider” mites. 

Spider mites occur during periods of hot weather and drought, when there is low humidity.  Their symptoms can range from silvering, yellowing, browning, lower leaf loss and death, or could possibly be mistaken for drought symptoms.

Drought is a big contender in outbreaks of mites, along with natural enemies, weather, and host quality. This is because drought will enhance the spider mites acceleration of reproduction as well as  movement to a crop from surrounding vegetation as it improves food quality for mites.  Since fungal diseases flourish in wet, cool conditions, drought diminishes the diseases that normally attack spider mites. 

Now let’s get to the important stuff, scouting! The best time to scout for spider mites is during times of hot and dry weather.  The first place you should look for mites are in areas where soybeans are stressed.  If you are in an area where the leaves looked sandblasted, take a clipboard with a white piece of paper and tap the leaves on it. After you tap the leaves and there appears to be yellow, brown, or black speckles on the white paper, you probably have found some mites! Crush the speckles on the paper and if they appear to be a reddish-brown spots, then you have spider mites. 

There have not been thresholds established for two spotted spidermites in soybean as of yet, but we do know that we need to protect the canopy during the most critical growth stages during pod and seed development.  Since these pests are "mites", not all insecticides will kill them, so be sure to apply a miticide only in severe infestations. 

(Maggie Prather, Burrus Agronomy Intern and Stephanie Porter, Burrus Sales Agronomist)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Meet Brody Carls, Burrus Intern in Illinois

Brody Carls is a Burrus sales intern from Pana, Illinois located an hour south of Springfield Illinois in Christian County. Brody is currently a junior at Western Illinois University, majoring in Agricultural business and he is also a Leatherneck football player! Both Brody’s Dad and Mom's family farm, and their operations include both grain and livestock operations.  He has always known about Burrus Seed because a lot of his surrounding neighbors plant Burrus. 

Brody jumped at the chance to become a Burrus intern, especially when he saw there was an intern position open for the Northwestern part of the state. This allows him to get an awesome summer experience, but also continue football practices for the upcoming season. Brody holds family tradition close to his heart and was very intrigued by how Burrus was owned by a family who is able to work efficiently together. The fact that Burrus was a family owned business really made Brody’s decision to become an intern an easy one, Burrus was for him.  He could not wait to get started! Brody was eager to learn more about Burrus and he looks forward to  spending time with growers in Northwest Illinois.
Everyday Brody starts out by getting up at 4:45 am for football workouts and conditioning and then he reports to either of the three Burrus Account Managers, who have all been great!  These three gentlemen strive for quality service and have taught him to be there in the drop of the hat for a grower. 
“What I hope to take home from my Burrus experience is to learn more about corn evalution and actually see firsthand how the seed is treated, bagged, and shipped to the field.  I am also interested in the sales process as I've always been on the other end at the farm. I believe the Burrus family strives on success, have proud ownership in their name, and are determined to provide quality in their seed. They could have taken the easy way out and joined one of the "big companies" but have decided to stay local and keep it with the family. It is an honor to be a part of this seed business."
Maggie Prather, Burrus Agronomy Intern