When the county fairs are done and the state fair is around the corner, thoughts turn toward late-season essentials - such as planting alfalfa. Craig Loen, Federated agronomist at the Osceola location

There are three key considerations that factor into alfalfa and forage seed selection, according to Bob Marquette, agronomist at Federated's Albertville location.

First, consider farm management prac

"Although it's been a long year already for most of us, we need to . . . continue to scout for insects," said John Swanson, Federated agronomist at the Ogilvie location. The aphids and spider mite lev

The corn is tasseling (see article below) and the beans starting to flower; the crops are moving into their reproductive stages. "This is a good time to assess our current plant health and check for a

Tasseling. About this time of year growers start to wonder if their crops will make it to maturity before the first frost. The tassels will tell, according to Kevin Carlson, Federated's senior agronom

The 2017 Discovery Plot Days begin August 21. Topic details will be in the next Agronomy Update, but the tours promise to include a sneak peak at Balance™ GT soybeans (from Bayer®), a new variety that

"White mold is terrible," said Bob Marquette, Federated agronomist at the Albertville location, adding, "It's a big problem, and though it depends on the season, Federated saw a lot of it last year."

Crop diseases such as white mold (see article above) are minimized when plant health is strong. Federated recommends DuPont™ Aproach® fungicide to help ward off white mold in soybeans. Aproach is a br

Chase the Weeds

"Get the corn clean and then start chasing the weeds in beans," Kevin Carlson, Federated's senior agronomist said. The crops are growing nicely - but so are the weeds.

"Giant ragweed