Kim's Korner

Kim's Korner

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Canola: The majority of the winter canola seems to be in good shape. Big enough to survive a reasonable winter, but not so big we have wasted growth. Don’t forget the leaves you see right now are not the leaves the plant will use this spring. Don’t forget to take the opportunity to clean up the field of undesirable plants and go ahead and apply another shot of glyphosate , there will be more unwanted plants coming this spring. Perhaps mid February to mid March before the canola bolts. The Diamond Back Moth larvae was very prevalent this fall and most fields had an insecticide applied, but we still have to watch for a return engagement of this pest this spring, as well as aphids. You’ll also need to apply the remainder of your fertility needs by early spring.

Wheat: I have not seen, nor heard to date, of any significant insect (aphid or worm) threat to our wheat crop. The recent rain has helped us all with this. I still find and get calls on yellowing wheat, and all, thus far, can be attributed to a lack of N at that moment. Nitrogen is very mobile in the soil solution and what came up this summer the recent rains may have moved the N down out of root zone for now. In some instances, if you were light on fall fertility more nitrogen just needs to be applied. There has not been a lot of grass herbicide applied to wheat this fall, and I am sure there is a lot of grass still out there. Grass herbicide is not as effective in the spring as it is when fall applied, but if you have a lot of bromes in your wheat it will almost always pay to spray it even in the early spring. You might check your fields.
If you have Clear Field wheat the window for beneficially spraying the herbicide Beyond twice on your field is rapidly closing. Due to the wet weather a lot of Nov. applications may not have gotten applied and depending on Jan. and Feb. weather (wet &/or cold) the double application may become a single. If that is the case I would recommend applying the maximum per acre rate. If the window of opportunity presents itself I would still go for the two applications, but if not go for the maximum one time rate.

Alfalfa: With the recent replenishment of ground moisture I feel better about an application of a dormancy alfalfa treatment. This treatment should be done in Jan. or early Feb. while alfalfa is dormant. The last two years Alfalfa Weevils have been very hard to kill and the plant itself did not help much probably due in large part to drought. So jump on the little buggers early and often. You can try cheap with a pyrethroid or pay a little more for what has had a little more efficacy the last two years. Either way one time sprays on alfalfa the last two years have seemed to be a thing of the past. There has seemed to be some success with a preventative type spray in the fall or late winter. Not a recommendation but I have seen some interesting examples of this type and as cheap as the pyrethroids are it might be worth a try. You wouldn’t have to save much hay to make it pay.

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