Taking Advantage of Late Season Opportunities to Grow Yield
4 Aug 2213 min 13 sec

What should you be doing between now and running those combines to get maximum return from your crop? Chad Henderson talks with Molly and Stefanie from Agroliquid about the program they are using to bring this corn crop across the finish line with max yields.

00:00 Hey there, we're at Henderson Farms Madison, Alabama. And it's mid to late season. We're talking about what practices should you be doing right now. What should you be doing between 00:09 now and running those combines to get maximum return? All right, let's face it Chad. It's late season mid to late season here in North Alabama. 00:19 I think you keep the irrigation running for about another month and sit back over the beach hang out drink some of your angry Orchards 00:25 and then roll the combines. What do you think? I think now we're headed into full time. And so we race cars and anytime after 3:30 00:34 to say 400 500 feet down the track anytime going to mile an hour count. It's full time and we mashing it in. This is the last 00:43 time we get one more shot. Keep your pedal to the people to the meters. There's a lot of people that probably right now Stephanie would say, 00:49 you know what? It's right now, it's late June here in North Alabama by the time you get to about Late July and our part of the 00:55 world, Michigan, Indiana. It's like, hey, man, that corn is made corns made. I'm just gonna sit back. 01:00 Why should you not sit around mid to late season and just Coast? Oh production, push towards that last couple weeks 01:15 Molly. You're the Southeast Regional agronomist for agril liquid you cover Chad's Acres. We're looking at these beautiful corn fields. She just said tip fill 01:24 and I think I maybe even heard some test wait or some other things like that. Maybe that we How much would we be leaving in the field? If we didn't go out there and take 01:32 that last month of doing more applications? We leave in 10 bushels. That's a hard factor to go by but the way I look at it is all the seed that 01:41 we have now is just kind of a race horse variety seed and high yielding promises and as you know 01:47 say race horse themself, he's got to finish the whole race and he's got to finish it almost stronger than when he started. So it's 01:53 the same way with these crops. If you don't feed them all the way throughout then you're not gonna actually reach that yield potential that they 01:59 told you on the back. He was he was leading at six furlongs. But yeah, and then nobody's 02:05 cheering for him. They're like another average rate horse like so to me feed it all the way through and 02:11 push all the way to the finish line. And that's where you get your your big numbers. This is the critical Chad. There you are. You're on 02:17 the quarter mile, right? You're on your your grand national and like you said that last 300 feet you can let off the pedal and all of a sudden the guy just goes right by you. What 02:26 are you doing to keep your foot to the your pillow the On this crop for the next 30 days. So if we run our y drop, let's say we want to ride drop it what 10 and 8, 02:35 you know, we try to wide drop 3,000 Acres. So I got to start some at seven or eight and then get through some it's a V10 or 11, you know, 02:44 I don't have a high clearance sprayer and then I'll come back and reapply where I run at the seven or eight, you know, because you know, we just 02:51 stand point. You couldn't cover all the Acres at exact time and according to get away from you know, it gets tall and get away from me. All right, so it would be just like if we've done 03:00 our wide drop and then we throw to shoot cell. Yep, same thing if we didn't make another Pace if we didn't do anything we told the shoots out now, we don't finish we're gonna 03:08 finish strong. We're gonna have our foot on the pedal. We're gonna finish strong, but we got that drag. So when we curl those 03:14 ears back and you go out there and we're all we all want to go out there soon as we see ear pop out. We're gonna We want to shuck one back. 03:20 We won't count around we want to count the link man. Yeah. We're sitting here it 14 or 16 or 18 or 20 or 22. 03:26 Let me keep going now, you know, so we're 22 and we're looking at it. We're counting this thing out and it's what 38 40 42. We got some 03:35 length here on it, man. Yeah. So then we do we go the beach. Yeah, we come back it's filled out and we tip back 03:41 about yeah just like that and we end up with 30 long and for a person that right now is really not a corn version what we just talk about. We just lost development 03:50 at the end of that here and it's because it's there. It was always there it was there when we pollinated right it was there when Paul and stuff like we lose it. There's a lot of factors that 03:59 can go into losing it but you know, a lot of those nutritional components not having Of potassium or Boron to finish that 04:05 crop, whatever can they, you know can lose that yield so it could be there and you just didn't feed that plant enough to provide it for that seed production and there's some things that are control. It 04:14 could be heat stress. Yeah, you know, it could make water. I mean there's there's other things that's inner what but the things that's in our 04:20 control. A lot of times people will put it say it wasn't in my control. Okay, that's a very good point so you can't control heat you can't control water. But 04:26 the one thing he sure is heck can do is make sure that you've got adequate nutrition and we talk a lot of extreme AG about spoon feeding. You don't go out there in April 04:32 and just dump a tri-axle load of fertilizer on the field you actually spoon feed along for it's availability throughout the season what knowledge should he be doing between now 04:41 and when he does finally stop and then wait till the combining season, what should he be doing? Yeah Molly. What should I be doing? 04:47 So one of your biggest factors in corn is going to be sulfur because nitrogen surprisingly in corn. It doesn't really utilize our uptake almost up to 04:56 60% of its nitrogen pretestles. So if you look around here, we're pre-test or over tassel actually, right that is notes. He's got 05:02 in so just say that stat again, please Molly. Okay. So right at three to tasseling Stage that's when a corn loves to use this nitrogen almost 60% soldiers 05:11 of limiting factor. So the stuff that we put on in when we side dressed it. Is it still there? It should be okay and then sulfur sulfur's gonna 05:20 be limiting factor because sulfur will run through your soil. It leeches pretty bad but sulfur and nitrogen have a big correlation and 05:26 a plant. So if you're lacking on sulfur that night you can't get up the plant exactly. So there's limiting factor. So when I'm putting when Chad's gonna put something on here the next 10 to 20 05:35 days to finish out this season to finish that race, he's gonna put he's gonna put a nitrogen. Oh, he's like, oh wait you didn't address? Okay, so it's only 05:44 sulfur he's gonna put in he's gonna do this on a wide drop or he could do it. So I wouldn't do just sulfur like there's too many 05:50 components to say just sulfur just four on you've got to have like an actual blend of probably micro nutrients and you can put that on with your wide drop like he said or if you're 05:59 going to do a fungicide pass run it in with your Fungicide. And so it's a folder. Yes. Okay, so you can go down at the root at the 06:05 beside the plant in a wide drop or can go over the top and that plant's gonna absorb it either way. 06:09 To an extent. Thanks and it's gonna finish it's gonna finish this race. Why why are people is it because of the money or 06:15 is it because complacency? Why because I think that this probably is a practice that is not widespread. I think the extreme act guys really 06:21 finish this out. They finish the race, I think some Farm operators is it because of the money because they're Tapped Out is because 06:27 they tapped out of money to Tapped Out of energy I think it can be money and energy. I also think having the right equipment and the ability to do it, you know, if you're it's hard 06:36 to go into planes helicopter things like that. If you don't have a high clearance sprayer and then just spending those extra dollars for something that they don't know. They're gonna get that return on right 06:45 and you go, you know, we look at this. If you haven't had I mean disease pressure. There's a lot of things that 06:51 go into this in the area that you're in, you know, we've went through a drought here for the last two and a half weeks. My corn is fired up 06:57 Four Leaves Up We're Not Gonna spend another 20 bucks on that but if you take for example, if someone if you came to me with that and said Molly we've been in a drought my 07:06 Corn's fired up. I just don't think that there's any boost to put in this this is where I'm going to come at you with the potassium because 07:12 potassium is a huge component of water movement stress mitigation disease resistance. So if you can't get 07:18 a fun decide application and fungicides probably gonna be way more expensive I can at least talk you into putting a potassium application 07:24 down because that's going to help with osmosis water movement the stress mitigation for sure to 07:30 try to help you. Finish and slow that fire and down and then if you can't afford the fungicide potassium is cheaper use it as your 07:36 Disease Control. So you it all goes back to time their nutrient into your need and there's different ways to spend that money and get but always had to potassium out with my 07:45 drop. Sounds to me sounds to me like it sounds to me like there's a little bit did I just hear that? She says well if this then this if so, it's not one standard recommendation in 07:56 that July late June for him August and what you need to remember is just exactly what Molly say it exactly what Stephanie was said when 08:05 you're planning ahead that why drop we made we touched it with that potassium for that firing up just in case okay, we touch you with the end. 08:14 We touch it with a sulfur we touch it with a boron there's multiple things that go in this besides just spreading some 32% out here and and 08:20 we're looking ahead as to if this happens. This is my Avenue if this happens this may have new and if this happens, this is my Avenue, you know, so we're we're making that game plan. 08:30 You know not as we go but we kind of see the writing on the wall of where we been. So remember the game plan four to six weeks in advance, maybe eight weeks in advance. 08:36 We're seeing what the conditions are time is two to three. Yeah, two three weeks when you rather take one multivitamin in the morning then seven different individuals. 08:42 Oh, not me just like the choke them all down. All right. I think we covered it. What's the joke, we said why people may not be doing it. If somebody says, 08:52 you know, I'm probably not good at mid to late season practices and applications. I should probably step up my game. There's bushels out there anything they 08:58 need to know. Work with an agronomist that can help you figure out which products to fit with that. You know, there's a lot of well-rounded, you know 09:05 products that will provide a little NP and K and some micros that you can go across as a foliar application and then 09:11 be able to kind of pinpoint those needs in the next cramping and the person doesn't have the equipment Can you hire you fly this one? Yeah, you 09:17 could it's um, I mean always look, of course at you know, like a salt and chlorine on a product you choose just put that out there, but you could fly the stuff on Highboy sprayers, 09:27 you know, those are always an option just like Stephanie said it's a matter of can you get the equipment to do it? And if you can't then 09:33 we need to pre-plan for you further ahead into the season. I'll joke inside you are big on you know, yeah finish the thing finish the race, you know, keep the pedal the metal because that's 09:42 when you win or lose the race. What do you think your return on investment? We love talk about money here. Are you throwing 20 dollars out there midnight season of 09:48 per acre, we do and all our irrigated corn gets it all irrigated corn. Most time gets too fun to say one. We do early and that V10 range V10 to 09:57 12 range pre You know what we're looking at when we get there. We do a cheaper. I wouldn't say a cheaper fungicide but not one to as many oats modes of 10:06 action just for plant health and then we put a fertility package in there then because we can still touch that 10:12 ear leaf and that that's the key to it. We want to get some fertility on the air leaf. And that's late season. Well, that's mid Seasons. Don't 10:18 be midseason. Okay, then we come to late season. So that bought us two to three weeks. Okay, then that gets to late season because I don't 10:24 want to touch anything to my silks turn brown. So we come in here and we can put a fungicide down don't hear me not say that we can 10:30 put a fungicide down and we can put pyrethroid down don't forget to pyrethroid because my problem is stink bugs. I need stink bugs. They get a lot of damage. I don't need them but I stink bugs 10:39 affect me and we get a lot of damage out of it they poke and they prod in the ear and damage the kernels. So but if 10:45 we're making a plane pass We're spending seven bucks maker on a plane. Yeah, we've already got the pyrethroid. We've already got lunch that why not do 10:53 the fertility package and that's what y'all two are talking about. You know, whether it's that little bit of NP and K just to 10:59 get that leaf some background. I'll be done flying over without seven dollars an acre to you've already got the aerial application. All right throw in some of the why not throw that in so then 11:08 timing is important myself. I don't like to touch I'm fine with fungicide anytime. It's tasseling anytime. That's fine. They've proved it. But with Italy side of 11:17 it my opinion on that is don't do it. You get the brown silk. Okay, and that's Middle season. That's almost like he's just in there. We're literally what what 11:26 are we from black layer? Y'all we're probably I mean, we're probably six five weeks from black layer at that time. Is that right? 11:32 We're getting close. So my question is on dollars that we've just been 20 to 25 dollars an acre on that last late season application. 11:40 It's a lot of variables in its According to which fungicide you pick. You know, it's it's according to what how much of a step you want 11:46 to take. I mean it's a lot but let's say let's say on their products that they would use we're looking at six to ten bucks of fertility. 11:52 Would that be correct y'all according to what she was gonna do six to ten bucks on fertility, you'd put the fertility in period if I would put 11:58 it in every time if I'm going out there with a plane. I know that's 10 bucks an acre, but with a cost of things today y'all that's a bush on a half. I mean 12:04 that's two two bushel will kill it. You know, when I feel like it's well worth that on the finishing side, you know, we're talking about finishing 12:10 Colonels when we come back we're gonna take some pictures. I'm gonna show you some pictures when we're done. I'm gonna go and call it drop a pen see 12:16 where it is. It don't matter pick a year, but I'm gonna show you what happens when you don't do it and I'll show you what happens. When you do do it. We'll have 12:22 tip back one to two to three inches, you know, when we lost Boron at pollination or whatever and then we come back and we get it to the end when you get them kernels rolling out 12:31 the end. Full timing. They delete season fertility why you got to do it. The practice was talked about don't stop until 12:39 you get past the Finish Line. I'm the world's worst. I'm tired. We already go the beach chill out and do something else run but run through the gates. 12:48 There's you're putting the sand. There's your inspiration keep the pedal the metal finish the race and that's coming from extreme Eggs. Only race car driver. 12:54 He's Chad Henderson. She's Stephanie's alenco with Agra liquid as is Molly Alexander. I'm Damian Mason from extreme AG. 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