6/4/18: Spraying Beans

So far this spring has been hot and dry.  A few places have caught some needed rain but a majority of the area is still lacking.  For the most part the corn looks good and the beans are at their usually stage where we wonder if they are ever going to start growing.  By the end of next week most of the corn will have the second pass of chemical applied and we will start covering bean acres. 

When it does come time to spray your beans there are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. The earlier the better.  Weeds under 4 inches are much easier to kill than taller weeds.
  2. Consider adding a foliar fertilizer to your mix like Brandt Smart Trio.  We have been seeing 2-3 bushel yield increase when using the product.   At $6.75 an acre it is easy to see a good ROI.
  3. Scout every field.  Every field can be different and different mixes will need to be used.  SFG provides full service scouting to help in this area.
  4. Don’t forget the residual.  There will always be late flushes of weeds and a residual like Outlook will help keep them down.
  5. Keep an eye out for pests like aphids and spider mites later in the year.  Insecticide is pretty cost effective.

The next chemical pass on beans will be one of the more important things we do for this crop.  It needs to be done right because we usually do not get a second chance.  If you would like some advice on what program to run on your bean fields, feel free to give your SFG agronomist a call.

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