1. Soybean aphids out.
Christina DiFonzo, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org
Soybean aphids have been found in soybean fields in southern Minnesota, however, Robert Koch, Extension expert at the University of Minnesota says there's no need to panic yet. " The percentage of plants infested and number of aphids per plant are still low (far below economic levels). Furthermore, aphid predators, such as lady beetles, have been observed feeding on soybean aphids in some fields. As we get into late June, you may want to begin checking soybean fields for aphids," he says.
Read more about soybean aphid scouting.
2. Best options for sidedressing.
If you're going to sidedress nitrogen this growing season, injecting anhydrous ammonia or UAN solution is the best option, says Iowa State University Nutrient Management Specialist John Sawyer.
Sidedress injection can begin immediately after planting if corn rows are visible or GPS guidance positioning equipment is used, but be sure that soil moved during injection does not cover seeded rows or small corn plants. Injecting into the row middle is easier, and corn roots will reach the row middle at a small growth stage. Injected Nitrogen (N) could be applied between every other row and provide responses equal to application between every row.
Read more about sidedressing nitrogen.
3. GMO labeling hearing.
On Thursday, the Energy and Commerce Committee of the House held a hearing, regarding the review and labeling of biotech (GMO) foods. There was testimony from the supply chain industry, ag industry, biotech industry and more, including a grain farmer, and president of GROWMARK Inc., John Reifsteck. He offered his take on the labeling act currently being considered:
The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act introduced this Congress by Representatives Mike Pompeo and G. K. Butterfield, would ensure that labeling of biotech ingredients in food products is based on consistent standards using sound science.
Read more of his testimony and others, and watch the hearing video.
4. Corn scouting calendar
The list of insects and diseases that can attack your corn fields is long. Thanks to DuPont Pioneer, we have a great chart at which corn growth stages to scout for what. The roundup offers all the common bugs, worms and diseases and at which leaf and growth stage to scout. For example, look for seedcorn maggot and wireworms at VE to V3. Scout for Goss's wilt from V3 to V9.
View the calendar.
5. Signs you grew up in the country.
Could you drive a tractor before you could drive a car? How many pets did you have? What are your thoughts on the scent of manure? If your answers are yes, countless and nostalgic, you likely grew up in the country. We found a great list of 19 signs that you grew up outside city limits, and many of them ring true for most kids who grew up on the farm. Which ones bring you back?
Read all the signs that you grew up in the country.