Friday in the Field - May 26

May 26, 2023

Friday in the Field | May 26, 2023

Now that most farmers have their seed in the ground and parked their planter for the year, Trevor Conrad, Agronomy Account Manager, scouted several local fields to check for any disease or insect pressure.

Trevor found some concerning areas of a field that were experiencing an invasion of the weed, horsetail. This week looks similar to a mini evergreen tree. Because of the minimal leaf surface, herbicide applications are not as efficient, making it challenging to rid fields of the weed.

Trevor also saw fields with bouts of waterhemp, marestail, and grass. He mentioned that the most significant risk factor right now for crops is the lack of moisture. Farmers who planted their beans early before the heavy rain have seen stand and emergence issues. This problem can be attributed to the crusting of the soil post-rain. Because of this, many farmers are now replanting their beans. Depending on the weather, you can expect to begin seeing many post-corn applications in the next week or two.

Trevor’s passion for agriculture started from a young age as he grew up on his grandparent’s farm. When he got older, he knew he wanted to work in agriculture. Trevor attended Iowa State University, and at the career fair his senior year, a River Valley Cooperative employee suggested that he check out the booth. Trevor began his career as an Agronomy Sales Account Manager and enjoys assisting growers with their operations.

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