On The Road

Hello again. So I’m re-starting my blog, today, after a considerable hiataus related to staffing levels at Agweek and based on family health matters. I’ll spare you the details.Sugar beets in the Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative area, south of Fairmount, N.D., loook weak and uneven, afte excessive rainfall.

Today I’m on the road in the tri-state area, traveling through the rain-drenched areas south of Breckenridge, Minn., into eastern South Dakota, where it’s dry, and then back up through southeast North Dakota. The sugar beets in the Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative area look fair to sad. Ditto for the wheat. I’ll be putting together a bit of a crop report, interspersed with some other stories I’m working on from this trip. Those will be in Agweek.

The soybeans generally look good. And so I have a question, I see Ben Kantack, retired South Dakota State University Extension Service entomologist, has weighed in on soybean aphid threshhold levels for spraying. I have a question for you farmers and crop scouts/crop advisers: What is the spray threshhold that YOU are using? What is it based on? Is it based on your own experience, some kind of university guideline? Is it based on an industry source who might also be selling the chemical?

Keep a stiff upper plate out there, and I hope you get the rain levels you need.