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Arysta LifeScience: Get out of pickup and down in the canopy

Gray leaf spot, northern corn leaf blight, southern rust and Japanese beetles … these are just some of the reports coming in from Midwest fields to Arysta LifeScience. We had the opportunity this week at Ag Media Summit in Snowbird, Utah to get the latest downlow from Lynn Justesen, Arysta LifeScience Technical Sales Specialist for Fungicides in the Midwest

“There’s a fair amount of disease coming into the corn right now. We are seeing gray leaf spot, northern corn leaf blight, there’s southern rust nearly up to the Minnesota border,” Justesen said. “As we are thinking about corn acres and thinking about some of those VT and VT and beyond applications — we are spot on that — and products like Zolera, that we launched a year ago, we are having a lot of great success and our data is showing we are averaging seven bushel better than leading competition in VT applications in corn”

Bean wise, Justesen said Japanese beetles are pretty heavy and when growers are out doing some of those sprays, it is also about the right time to consider an application such as Zolera.

His number one tip for scouting — get out of the pickup truck.

“You gotta be out and I know this isn’t the best time of the year with some of our temperatures and humidity,” Justesen said.  “Not the greatest time of the year to be out in the fields, but the nice part of being out in those fields is one you can go out and see it for yourself. If you’re doing it yourself, we are trying to protect in corn in particular the two leaves above and the two leaves below the ear leaf. As long as we protect those two leaves and we don’t have disease approaching that, we are probably ok.”

Justesen said field exploration is key to identifying what the diseases are, where they are at, and the severity level.

“As far as soybeans — same story — get out in the fields,” Justesen said. “Don’t just walk. You gotta get down in the canopy, start looking in the canopy, start looking at leaves, seeing where it is at on the plant, what’s the stage of the crop, and that will help you make some very good economic decisions moving forward.

If growers need more assistance scouting, Justesen advises contacting their local Arysta rep, retailer, extension services, or check out



See where Yamaha is going with its new mid-size ATV

It’s no secret that farmers have to spend a lot of time working on machinery, but that’s not always how we want to be using our time. So when something comes along that is useful around the fields and pastures and doesn’t require a whole ton of upkeep … well, we’re listening.

Just a few weeks ago, Yamaha released its first mid-size ATV, the Kodiak 450, and it has a lot of features that’ll make farmers happy. And best of all, you won’t find yourself having to tinker with it in the shop.

To minimize the need for maintenance, it has features such as the well-known and durable Ultramatic transmission, a rear sealed brake, and easy access to the air filter.

“You don’t have to be working on the machine all the time. You want to focus on getting your job done,” said Scott Newby with Yamaha Outdoors. The company was showcasing this machine at the Ag Media Summit, which has been held the past few days in Utah.

Image by Ryan Tipps

The 450 caters toward introductory riders, but because of the versatility of the motor, it’s suitable for those with more experience. The chassis feels compact, and the handlebar is taller and swept back compared with other models — this allows for both shorter and taller riders to find a comfortable fit.

For farmers who need to get off and on often, say to open and close gates, the cockpit area is open and makes those tasks easier.

“ATVs are great on a farm because of the nimbleness of them and the versatility of them. The compact size lets you get around some tight areas, especially if you don’t need a side-by-side for the dump bed,” Newby said. “You can also buy a lot of accessories that go on an ATV — a brush hog, a sprayer, a seeder on the back.”

A few more perks to know:

  • It has on-command 2WD/4WD, so that you can select how you want to drive.
  • Everything is assembled in the good ol’ U.S. of A., in Yamaha’s Georgia facility.
  • The towing capacity is 1,322 pounds
  • It’s prewired for a winch up front
  • There’s lots of underseat storage.
  • MSRP is $5,999
Image courtesy of Yamaha

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Farm Bill hearing: Crop insurance critical for survival

In what was the Senate Agriculture Committee’s largest Farm Bill hearing in the 115th Congress, the Committee heard Tuesday from agriculture producers, general farm organizations, crop insurance professionals, as well as agriculture lenders on what is working and what needs to be changed in the upcoming Farm Bill reauthorization.

“This year, I’ve met with agriculture producers from across the country,” said U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. “Those conversations have demonstrated that all of agriculture is struggling with low prices, not just one or two commodities or regions.”

“While they work every day to feed and clothe us, America’s farmers and ranchers are at the mercy of Mother Nature when it comes to the weather on their farms. The High Plains are in the middle of damaging drought, while areas in the South are still drying out from flooding and tropical storms.”

“When producers put seeds in the ground, they do not expect a hail storm to hit right as they are ready to harvest their crops. They would much rather reap the benefits of their hard work in the marketplace than receive an indemnity. The last Farm bill made significant changes, and unlike previous policies, today’s commodity programs—like crop insurance—are triggered only when there is a loss.”

Crop insurance and commodity title programs have been critical for helping farmers survive sustained low commodity prices, and they should be maintained in the next farm bill, National Corn Growers Association Board member Bruce Rohwer testified.

“Crop insurance and commodity title programs are particularly important to family farmers who earn a majority of their household income from the farm. Without crop insurance and commodity title payments, the financial wherewithal of these farms would likely face serious erosion in the current environment,” said Rohwer, who raises corn and soybeans and runs a sow farrow-to-finish operation in Paullina, Iowa.

Rohwer noted that corn prices have averaged below $4.00 per bushel since 2013, and are projected to average $3.35 this marketing year. The annual crop value of corn fell from nearly $77 billion in 2011 to just over $51 billion in 2016, the effects of which have been felt throughout the agriculture industry. Restoring a strong farm economy is good not only for farmers, but also the businesses they support, Rohwer testified.

“The sharp drop in farm income increases the financial stress for farmers, as well as employees of agriculture-related businesses, such as equipment manufacturers. Everyone tied to the ag economy is affected,” said Rohwer.

“That’s why it is more important than ever to strengthen our position in current markets and develop new uses to increase demand for our crop. A robust livestock industry, expanding exports, and a growing renewable fuels industry are central to corn farmers achieving more profitable and resilient farm operations.”
In the meantime, Rohwer testified, commodity title programs and the federal crop insurance program are essential risk management tools for farmers, and they must be maintained in the 2018 Farm Bill.

“Overall, the commodity program reforms authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill have performed as they were designed. They are delivering assistance when it’s needed, and only when it’s needed.”

This marks the seventh hearing in preparation for the upcoming Farm Bill reauthorization.


Boehringer Ingelheim new applicator gun dials dewormer dose

Boehringer Ingelheim’s has released a new applicator gun for their Synanthic bovine dewormer suspension that allows producers to dial-a-dose.

The durable gun is made of metal and holds up to tough conditions and the wear and tear of handling cattle. It also features a dial-a-dose system that gives producers the option to easily adjust dosage units for different cattle weights. The gun is made specifically for Synanthic.

A broad spectrum anthelmintic, Synanthic is effective for the removal and control of lungworms, roundworms, and tapeworms in cattle. Synanthic is a low-dose product, requiring just 5 mL per 550 pounds of body weight. With the new dial-a-dose system, producers are able to quickly adust between 3 and 15 mL, providing more accurate dosing and reduced product waste, with less processing time and stress.

“We have a responsibility to use dewormers as judiciously as possible to help prevent resistance,” said Mitch Johnson, senior marketing manager at BI. “Synanthic uses a concentrated solution, which allows for a lower dose, so you can get more deworming done with less dewormer. We invested in the new applicator gun to make the application experience the best it can be for both the animal and our customers.”

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