This year is the first year in over 20 years that we have not hosted a Customer Appreciation day and plot tour. We hope you understand that we have chosen to do this in order that we can help protect your families and ours from COVID. We sincerely appreciate your business, we miss the face to face interaction with you but we all know that by working together, we will get to the other side of this safely. COVID-19 Procedures- Front door is openJust a reminder that we still have our COVID procedures in place to help keep our customers, staff and everyone’s families safe. Please call ahead if you need to pick up, or drop off products. However, we have opened the front door to the front lobby area. We have installed plexiglas so please wear a mask and come in. You can then pull around back to pick up your order. As in the past, feel free to call in your orders and we will arrange delivery. We really do appreciate your business and working together through this situation. Grain MarketsSome optimism has surfaced in the grain markets so hopefully the lows of the markets are in but nothing is showing us at this point for prices to make a strong upwards move. Old crop wheat should pretty much be priced and some 2021 wheat pricing should be done in that $240/mt range and higher. Soybeans have finally run up nicely over $12/bu but will China continue to buy more US beans and also South America is intending to plant more soybean acres? Corn yield estimates in the US have hopefully been overstated and the Sept 11 USDA report has maybe reinforced this. Overall, the grain markets have some nice support but might not have big upside potential .. but as usual, who knows what information and what speculators will do to move the markets going forward? Capitalize on rallies to make sales. Growing Great Wheat!!Seed Placed PhosphorusWheat has the highest demand for phosphorus in the first 30 days of growth, and having phosphorus placed right with the seed ensures the small seedling has the nutrient right where it needs it, when it needs it. Phosphorus helps with early plant vigor and can help with winter survival. Apply 80-100 lbs/acre MAP (11-52-0) through the drill, or if your drill doesn’t have a separate compartment for fertilizer the MAP can be mixed with the wheat seed and planted out that way. Below is a chart from OMAFRA showing the response of different in-furrow starters over 13 site years. Fall Wheat Starter : MESZMicroEssentials SZ (MESZ) is a granular fertilizer that has phosphorus, sulphur and zinc incorporated into each granule (12-40-0-5Sul-1Zn). The idea is that, if each granule has all the nutrients, vs. individual granules of each nutrient as in traditional fertilizers, then there should be a more even distribution of nutrients across the area applied.... A supercharged MAP! Add in some potash or kmag and you will give your wheat a great start this fall. Fungicides on wheatIf you are wondering about spending money on fungicides in wheat … the Ontario Cereal Committee trials are showing 5-12 bushels advantage to applying fungicide with herbicide early (T1) stage and again at heading (T3). With good wheat prices, at 5 bu/ac it pays for itself every year and if you get upwards of 10-12 it really pays well and gives you peace of mind for good fusarium protection and brighter straw. You don’t need to worry about this till next year, but it is a reminder to pencil it into your plans. Stay tuned for more info on Miravis Ace vs competitors. Plant Breeders Rights (PBR)Keeping your own seed is not a problem for using yourself but be careful of the varieties that fall under PBR 91 (Plant Breeders Rights). You cannot sell, custom plant or trade seed that is under this classification. For more information: https://www.inspection.gc.ca/plant-varieties/plant-breeders-rights/overview/guide/eng/1409074255127/1409074255924 Nutrient Management in AlfalfaAlfalfa removes a lot of potassium, upwards of 200-250lbs/acre… that is over 300++ lbs of potash (60%) to apply just to replace removal and then more if you need to build levels but then adjustments can be made for manure application. Sulfur is becoming necessary to add to fertilizer blends to help push yields in alfalfa! It is also the backbone of protein....there are many sources available so ask which ones might fit best for your fields. Boron in alfalfa and soybeans is still a big part of growing high yielding crops. Depending on the age of the crop, management practices, and yield goals you have for your alfalfa crop, the fertility plan may change. Fertilizer or manure applications are recommended after each cut to ensure the nutrients being removed by the crop are replaced, optimizing yield potential throughout the season. If you currently have a fertility plan that is working for you but are just curious what other options are out there, or are looking to better manage your alfalfa crop here are some options to consider.
- Early application of Ammonium Sulfate is really showing a nice yield increase with some growers over the past couple of seasons… even on pure alfalfa stands. An even bigger response where there is more than 20% grass in the mix, adding urea and/ or ammonium sulphate bumps yield nicely. Apply this in April -- or whenever you are applying nitrogen to your winter wheat.
- Shifting your application from after first cut to applying early spring is something to consider...and those who are really looking to push yields and replace nutrient removal are split applying -- going early spring and then again after the 1st or 2nd cut depending on their soil nutrient levels.
The good news is that increased nutrient management on alfalfa is pushing yields higher! Alfalfa Fall Bulk Spread: MAP and PotashEnsuring your alfalfa has the nutrients to help the plants survive the winter after the last cut of the season is essential to future success for the field. A timely application of MAP and potash well before the first hard frost can help with winter survival and setting up next year’s yield potential. Be sure not to cut the alfalfa after the critical harvest period (for this area around August 30th) to allow for enough time for the alfalfa to regrow before the first killing frost. Maximizing feedSome interesting things some farmers are doing to maximize feed/acre. Certainly some guys planting some type of oats/peas feed after wheat and harvesting as a green feed in Sep/Oct. Some guys are then turning around and planting fall rye/winter triticale - harvesting that next May/June and planting silage corn. It all depends on your feed needs and also what the cost is to produce this extra feed.Figure 1. Start of the six-week alfalfa critical fall harvest period. Fall Weed ControlFall is a great time to get tough annual and perennial weeds under control. Weeds such as thistles, Canada fleabane, chickweed, dandelion, bluegrass and quackgrass (twitch) are best to be knocked down in the fall when you have the chance. Roundup tank mixed with Eragon, dicamba or 2,4-D works well if you are worried about glyphosate resistant and hard to kill weeds like dandelions and tufted vetch.Consider a pre-plant or early post herbicide application on fall planted wheat to get ahead of weeds like dandelion and chickweed. If not controlled now these weeds will still be there next spring and may be more difficult to control depending on their growth stage and spring weather inhibiting field work. Things to remember:
- Cold temperatures slow the absorption and movement of herbicides into plants, good coverage is key.
- For some weeds like Perennial Sowthistle and Canada Thistle, herbicide efficacy can be improved after the first frost. As the plants start moving nutrients to the roots, the absorbed herbicide moves too.
It is important to get out and scout the fields before you spray to know what is there. You can save up to 4 bu/ac if you are able to have better control of the weeds in the fall. It pays to stay ahead of weed problems. GRCA Cover Crop Incentive 2020The Grand River Conservation Authority is once again offering the cover crop incentive program for 2020. Growers in Waterloo, Haldiman, Dufferin, Brant, and Wellington county who have completed an EFP are eligible to apply. Cover crops that are planted for cover, NOT for harvest or grazing are eligible. The guidelines for the cover crop incentive vary by county so contact us at the office or the GRCA at email@example.com or calling 519-621-2761 and asking to speak to a conservation specialist. Contact the Waterloo Crop office if you are interested in applying, we have application forms available. Chemical Jug ReturnWe can recycle empty chemical jugs ! Returned jugs need to be triple rinsed, with the labels and caps removed. Pioneer Seed Tote and Pallet ReturnsIf you have an empty Pioneer seed tote or pallet in your yard or shed, give us a call at the office to return them ! Soil TestingAfter wheat harvest is a great time to get soils tested and then you have time to make plans for fall nutrient applications if necessary. A fall fertilizer application may be the time to ‘top-up’ and build the soil. If you want a soil test done after corn or soybean harvest .. call us now to book.Invest and Plan ahead!! Electronic PaymentsIf you are wanting to pay electronically, we do have the option of accepting e-payments by email.To pay Rosendale Farms … send funds by email to ARRosendaleFarms@rosendalefarms.comTo pay Waterloo Crop Services … send an email to ARWaterlooCrop@rosendalefarms.com.***Your daily limits to send funds might be $3000, but you can ask your bank to have that limit increased.We are looking into eventually accepting payments through online banking as well. *** Bonus Section -- Virtual Plot tour!We have decided that hosting our usual plot tour and customer appreciation event would be too great a risk to the health and safety of our customers, staff, and everyone’s families. We really appreciate your understanding and continued support. Here is our COVID friendly Virtual Plot tour! Aspire trial on Soybeans Aspire is a unique granular fertilizer from the Mosaic company that has two forms of boron, sodium borate (quick release) and calcium borate (slow release), combined with potassium in each granule which gives a much better distribution of boron across the field for plants to access. We applied 175 lbs/acre Aspire to a portion of all the soybean varieties in our test plot on June 30th. We noticed a greater pod set on the top ? of the plants, as well as more 3 and 4 bean pods where Aspire was applied. We will share the results in our next newsletter once the plots are harvested. We are really excited to see some new corn varieties coming out for 2021! These new varieties will be a great compliment to your existing Pioneer varieties. New Pioneer Hybrids 2020/2021P8537Q- High drought tolerance, above average test weight and great tolerance to NCLB. Available in AM and Qrome versions. (2550 Hu)P8820Q- Shorter plant with good stalk strength and later silking. Available in AM and Qrome versions. (2600 hu)P9233Q- Earlier silking for maturity, good root strength. Available in AM and Qrome versions.(2725 hu)P9301Q- Good test weight, good response to foliar fungicides. Available in AM and Qrome versions. (2750 hu)P0075Q- Great drought tolerance, good root strength. Available in AM and Qrome versions.From left to right: P8537Q, P8820Q, P8989AMXT, P9188AM, P9233Q, P9301Q, P9535AM, P9608AM. P9946AML, P0075Q. Pioneer: What’s New for 2020 with Scott CressmanCheck out these videos:1. News from the field: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTSNSySQBsQ2. Pioneer Corn lineup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNpvHBV4R003. Soybeans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBg9CQiiyI8 Aspire and KMag with Aaron Stevanus (Mosaic)Check out these videos:1. Aspire fertilizer with Aaron Stevanus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRgta1kdHmY2. Aspire on Alfalfa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKaPy9R0BgE Horst Bohner’s research this spring looking at various planting dates and temperatures. When temps are at 12?, planting beans then vs waiting for warmer temps is showing very little benefit in plant stand to wait. His research shows planting dates of April 25 vs May 22 not having significantly poorer plant stands…We will wait for the yield data to get you more information. Planting depth for soybeans, 1 ½” is the best unless you have to plant deeper to get to moisture.You can catch the whole story at:https://www.realagriculture.com/2020/07/ontario-diagnostic-days-go-virtual-on-realagriculture/ SDS and SCN in soysAlbert Tenuta walks us through the soybean SDS and Fusarium research trials he has planted this year. Learning how to tell the difference between and management practices for Fusarium, SDS and other soybean diseases.You can catch the whole story at:https://www.realagriculture.com/2020/07/ontario-diagnostic-day-2-tackling-plant-disease-and-yield-robbing-pests/ NCLBLow pressure this year, very little NCLB found-- know what varieties are susceptible to NCLB, good crop rotation to help reduce inoculant load, foliar fungicide at tassel timing. Tar spot in corn is showing some signs of moving into Ontario in the next few years. Albert Tenuta is working with colleagues in Michigan to learn more about the pathogen and potential management practices to reduce the impact on the crop.You can catch the whole story at:https://www.realagriculture.com/2020/07/ontario-diagnostic-day-2-tackling-plant-disease-and-yield-robbing-pests/ *****************Fertilizer prices have come down from the spring … look at your finances and prepay some or all of your fertilizer for 2021 if you can. Late fall soil tests are still available which can help you decide on how much fertilizer you need. Variable rate seeding and fertilizer is coming … talk to us about the future and whether it will make sense for your operation. ***************** Harvest is a very busy time of the year. Please remember to work safely and respect those around you. Thank you for your business !!Stay healthy and Safe !!