Agronomy Articles



CMT Crop Scouting and Tissue Sampling

By Andy Stapleton, Precision Agronomy Manager

This week the agronomy interns have started scouting acres enrolled in our CropMax Technology programs. With much of the corn having emerged, they will be focusing on stand counts, seed depth, poor emergence (most likely associated with the wet spring), nutrient deficiency, and weed pressure. All acres scouted are recorded in our Agrisite app and a report with notations and pictures is sent back to our sales agronomists for review.

The report shows the scouts pathing through the field and drops a pin where a note was taken.

This report can be forwarded to the grower at their request.

All acres enrolled in any CMT program is afforded scouting as part of the package.

After initial scouting, growers may want to conduct tissue sampling to monitor the crop’s nutrient status. If a grower is interested in monitoring their crop through the entire growing season, corn tissue testing should be conducted three times: at the V4 or V5 growth stage, between V9 and V12 growth stages, and at tasseling or early R1 (silking). The Silver and Platinum CMT packages include 2 tissue samples per field every season, at the grower’s request. If you are interested in enrolling acres into the CMT program, please reach out to your local agronomist.




Spring Rain

By Jeff Schmiesing, Agronomy Department Manager

The way the year started out, with having a good fall, then moving some in early March, I really thought we could have been done with fertilizer by now. I should of known mother nature would throw us a curve ball, with a rainy spring.

As of last Sunday, the amount of corn planting in South Dakota was reported at 32%, with Iowa at 57%, and Minnesota at 56%. If the weather cooperates the crop can go in very fast. We have started to put a lot of crop protection products out and have had to change a few recipes with the rains coming through. This has become a lot easier with the improvement in seed and better line of chemicals that we have now.

The other things we have seen scouting fields is some of the stands in the fields, weather it is corn or beans, they need to be checked for poor emergence. With that said we have bought out some seed for replanting. The farmers that used starter fertilizer had a little better luck, than if they didn’t use any (unless it was completely under water). If you would like your fields checked for stands or chemical recommendations, please call your salesman.

Fertilizer pricing for future months is starting to come down some. It looks like August will be the best time to start looking for better pricing for fall. We will be getting ahold of you when the time is right. With corn under $5.00 per bushel, there should be a very good reset for next year, with lower prices being seen worldwide. With spring getting shortened up with all the rain, be extra safe and do it the right way. Thanks for your business!    




Back Into Your Fields

By Jeff Schmiesing, Agronomy Department Manager

It has been a nice rain to get the soil recharged, but it is time to get back to work and get the crop planted. The weather sounds good for the next 10 days, and the temps are on the rise. Make sure you check with your agronomist to check on your chemical programs. If you’re going over the top after you plant, the crops may be up, or the weeds may be up. You may have to change chemical programs.

Another thing to watch is if you had your nitrogen out there before all the rain, did you use a nitrogen stabilizer. If not, did you lose some of your nitrogen to get to your yield goal? You may have to look at top dressing.

Before going back into your fields to plant, make sure they are fit, so you don’t mud things in to make it a bigger problem. We may have to go around some of these small wet spots or wait to plant.

Regarding corn seed, stick with your plan until May 25th. Remember the earlier maturity corn will be 5-10 bushels lower in yield. No matter whose seed you are planting, they don’t have a good second-best corn setting on the floor.

If it keeps on the moist side this summer, keep your chemical rates on the higher side. With this moisture we may see higher weed pressure. If it keeps raining, we will see the pre-chemical wash through the soil profile quicker than normal. To help with this problem regarding the chemical wash-through problem, we are recommending a product called Grounded. This will help keep your chemical pre in the weed zone. Try to stick with one chemical company with products as much as you can. It helps a lot with rebates that go back to you. Settling complaints is a lot easier if they have two products out there from one company. Have a safe spring. If you have any questions, please call your agronomist.


Agronomy Staff

Jeff Schmiesing
Agronomy Dept. Manager
Cell: 605-940-7665
Allen Johansen
Seed Lead
Cell: 605-661-4882

Andy Stapleton
Precision Ag Manager
Cell: 605-201-3130
Greg Bartmann
Marion Agronomist
Cell: 605-661-6993
Jeff Schaefer
Marion Agronomist
Cell: 605-661-3010
Leo Hoiten
Lyons Agronomist
Cell: 605-771-9881
Clay Hespe
Tyndall Agronomist
Cell: 605-421-1636
Cody Plamp
Dimock Agronomist
Cell: 605-999-2281
Chris Rutledge
Irene Agronomist
Cell: 605-660-4146
Brian Nelson
Salem Agronomist
Cell: 605-941-8852
Damien Fuerst
Scotland Agronomist
Cell: 605-660-6878
Ryan McGinnis
Dimock Agronomist
Cell: 605-999-4761