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Crop Progress

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Well, the corn has improved a point for us, note how poorly the corn is doing in the eastern corn belt, only 45 G/E in IN, 46 G/E in OH and 55% in IL. Our beans are doing well as too, 84% G/E. From WI NASS, Bean flowering is running about average,

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Without question that Dr. Conley is a smart guy with a huge vocabulary and imagination, I even had to look up nebulous and he thinks UW will beat UNL this year. I have been asked this question by many this year,
particularly on the East side of the territory. Yes we have no nodules

This was sent in to me last week by Steve Scheuers at United Cooperative at Pulaski. It is true armyworm, notice the large plant in the background that has been chewed on very well by these guys.
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Dennis Ball with United Cooperative in Beaver Dam sent me this picture taken from a non-DKC corn field, it is young armyworm, as I was reminded today armyworm can vary in color and this one is on the pale side,
Note the three parasite eggs behind the head. The parasite places them there so the caterpillar cannot chew them off as it could if they were placed further down the body.

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Michael J Weiss, Ph.D.
Technical Agronomist
Dekalb and Asgrow
W4166 County Road H
Pine River, WI 54965

Asgrow and Dekalb

Agronomy Update

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Well, the rain we got on Monday was pretty wide spread and more and more questions have come up on what issues we may have with N leaching. This from MN is pretty good, click here. I took the rest of the week off, but in order to get out of some of the honey do chores, I told her I have to get this update out, this one took me
forever to do, but I still have to clean the shop out tomorrow.

Had some calls on corn going 180 with the wind and rain we had on Monday. I saw some myself and I am pretty sure it will right it self. Remember as long as the internodes are enlongating it will head North. I include this picture from several years ago. The top picture was take on July 12th and the bottom picture was taken on
July 16th , of course the second guy is only 5’2” tall and the first guy is 6’4” tall

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This must be bug week in Chilton, first it is Tim Pagel with Country Visions Coop at Chilton. A solid agronomist, but as entomological photographer, not so much. He did send this picture to me on Monday of a Zebra caterpillar, at little out of focus. This insect has a wide host range and recently has become more common N of the border on canola. In our area I would expect to find it on alfalfa. It rarely gets to a level where we have to do anything about it, it is striking with yellow and black stripes down the body.

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Then we get this from his colleague Ben Franz with Country Visions Coop at Chilton may not quite be up to
Tim on the agronomy side, but his photo skills are pretty good. This is not a picture from the next alien movie; it is a true armyworm that met its doom as the result of a small parasitic wasp. The wasp deposited eggs inside the caterpillar and the parasites consumed the insides and emerged and pupated on the outside of the caterpillar. There are over 60 known parasites of the armyworm, with about 20 key species, this is why we often have issues with first generation armyworm and not the second and third as these little guys increase in population and do a nice job on them, sort of speak.corn44

 

Then today, I get this from Sara Blatz, the new kid on the block with Country Visions in Chilton, the common
stalk borer, moving in from the edge of the field and tunneling corn plants, see this from the UI on general biology and control. UI stalk borer. Recall, that our VT2 Double pro and our Smartstax do provide control of this pest. She must have been scouting some of that other stuff.corn55

The way this June is shaping up, I think many are going to be thinking about white mold, here is some back
ground info for you from various sources,

MichiganState University
Universityof Wisconsin

DATCP has reported isolated soybean aphid colonies in many areas, while numbers are still low, it would be
wise to bone up on the sampling program, I like the speed sampling program from UM. speed sampling program ag anytime

Michael J Weiss, Ph.D.
Technical Agronomist
Dekalb and Asgrow
W4166 County Road H
Pine River, WI 54965

Scholarships Awarded to Graduates

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Country Visions and CP Feeds selected 10 students from the applications that were submitted and awarded each of them a $1000 scholarship.  A list of the students are included in this article:

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Like our Country Visions page on Facebook and see photos of the selected students.

Country Visions Supports Wisconsin FFA

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Madison, Wis. [May 26, 2015] – Country Visions has generously made a donation to the
Wisconsin FFA Foundation that will benefit over 19,000 Wisconsin FFA student
members across the state. Country Visions’ donation of $1,500 plus a matched
amount from Land O’Lakes in the Co-op’s name will help support the annual fund.

Wisconsin FFA is thriving thanks to all
generous donors, including Country Visions. With membership at the highest
level in 30 years, the increased financial support through the Wisconsin FFA
Foundation has enabled programming growth to accommodate more members, program
additions and enhancements, and maintained affordability for member
participation. The Foundation celebrated a milestone of achieving over $500,000
in support funds raised last year, which is an important achievement as it
provides a platform for future organizational growth.

The growth of Wisconsin FFA is timely
with regards to the increased opportunities for youth to pursue respectable
careers as part of the multi-faceted farm to fork system. The organization
equips its members with all the tools necessary for success – technical
knowledge, transferrable work skills, leadership and character traits and
practical experiences.

The Wisconsin FFA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, unites individuals, organizations and
companies who share a common interest in the advancement of agriculture and
community leadership through FFA. You can support today’s FFA members by
supporting the programs that have been core tenets of the FFA: proficiency
awards, career development events, state FFA degrees, sectional leadership
workshops, scholarships, chapter awards, agri-science fair, state FFA
convention and state officer support. Learn more about the Wisconsin
FFA Foundation and sponsorship opportunities by visiting www.wisconsinffafoundation.org.

Precision Planting

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Country Visions is your trusted Premier Precision Planting Dealer for information,
parts, and technical support. Planting technology has been changing faster than
ever the last few years. It's a challenge to stay informed on all of the latest
planter innovations. Don't get left in the dust. Take advantage of technology
available today and be ready for what is on the horizon. For more information
on what Precision Planting has to offer you contact our Precision Planting Team.

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Precision Planting Team

Ripon: Al Wentworth 920-748-3745

Fond du Lac / Malone: Dustin Gierach 920-923-7960

Kiel / Chilton / Greenleaf / Reedsville /Rockwood / Valders / Mishicot:

Zack Ward 319-560-4448 or Chad Rataichek 920-418-5403

What is a Co-op?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines a cooperative as a user-owned, user-controlled business that distributes benefits on the basis of use. Member users, or patrons, own and democratically elect the board of directors, which provides oversight of the co-op. Net earnings are distributed on the basis of proportional use, or patronage, rather than on investment.

Cooperative associations have been organized throughout history to carry out many different activities, often in response to economic and social stress. Cooperative organizations in the United States first appeared in the late 1700's and today co-ops can be found in all sectors of the U.S. economy. Consumer, purchasing and farm supply cooperatives are all organized to provide the specialized goods or services that their member patrons want to buy.

By combining member demand, a co-op can provide better availability, selection, pricing, or delivery of products or services to individual consumers, businesses or farmers. Farm supply co-ops cost-effectively supply input, fuel and agronomy services to farm business owners.