- Evaluate emergence
With the cool, wet season we’ve experienced, compaction will create a challenge for crop emergence in many fields. Seeds could be malformed, have misshapen root walls and be flattened on the sides as a result of compaction. In fields that encounter emergence issues, scout sections to determine the impact of plants lost and how it will affect tonnage at harvest.
- Scout all season
Start scouting for leaf diseases 10 days before tasseling and have a plan to treat with a fungicide to protect your silage quality. Early season fungicide applications, between the V5 and V8 stage, may be beneficial for silage production. Fungicides can act either as prevention or treatment for disease.
Stay ahead of insect infestations and review your field’s history of insect pressures to preserve stalk quality and yield. Review common threats such as black cutworm, western bean cutworm, European corn borer, fall armyworm and corn rootworm. If you’re in the West, also check for spider mites.
- Monitor moisture levels at harvest
Start checking moisture levels in late June through July. We recommend harvesting at 35% dry matter to preserve the silage quality you worked hard to protect all season. Harvesting when silage is too wet will cause loss of crucial nutrients. Harvest when corn is too dry and you will lose leaves and leading to poor packing and compromise the fermentation process.
Contact your retail team to learn more.