Tar spot is caused by a fungus called Phyllachora maydis that can spread throughout corn fields in the Midwest. This disease was first found in 2015, but has quickly spread throughout Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, and Missouri.
Certain areas around the Midwest have received significant hail damage to crops in recent days and weeks. After damage has occurred it is important to wait at least 5 days before assessing. This gives the crop the appropriate time to regrow and allows you to more accurately evaluate stand loss.
The delayed planting season makes it easier for pests like black cutworm to invade. Black cutworm, the most damaging cutworm species in corn, is a migratory pest that shows up in the spring with storms.
Stand establishment of corn and soybeans is the combined result of several things such as seed quality, planting standards, soil conditions at planting, and weather patterns 24-48 hours after planting. Evaluating stands involves determining two things: stand quantity (population) and stand quality (number of full ears at harvest compared to planting population).
“We are excited to have Brayden join our team this spring and summer,” said Bethany Kroeze, AgVenture Marketing Manager. ”We are impressed with his experience in the ag industry and hope this internship will be another way for him to discover the opportunities available with AgVenture and the entire Corteva Agriscience organization.”
Frontier Hybrids, Inc. is one of AgVenture’s independently owned and operated seed companies, located in Abernathy, TX. Founded in 1984, Frontier Hybrids is a family-owned seed company dedicated to selling AgVenture brand corn, as well as other seed products including sorghum, alfalfa, wheat, and native grasses.
At AgVenture, we believe there are always more bushels to produce. We also believe that each and every year brings an equal opportunity to be your best crop year ever. But what does that really mean, and how is it achieved?
Dale Wehmeyer and his wife Lisa started Wehmeyer Seed in 1995 after 11 years of being the Manager of Missouri Foundation Seed for the University of Missouri at Columbia. They moved back to open Wehmeyer Seed Company in her hometown of Mascoutah, Illinois, so the transition was good for their family. We sat down with him to hear more about his company and how they work with their customers.
"It’s like I have an extra person working for me. I have a little less stress I don’t have to endure myself. They really treat you like family. They don’t just treat you like you’re a sale and that’s it."