For greater soybean yields, one of the best things that you can do is walk your fields. Many problems reveal themselves during the summer. Actions taken or not taken can be very noticeable. By walking fields, we can see what’s working and what’s not working. Certain problems can be solved, some cannot. For those that cannot be solved this year, we can do better next season by understanding why we have the problem. Therefore, a review of how to diagnose your crop will likely beneficial.
A few years ago, I published “Troubleshooting The Soybean Crop“. Although a little dated, most of the information is still good. This publication will guide you through how to go about diagnosing problems, includes a vegetative- and reproductive-stage outline with lots of photos, and also includes a sample crop scouting and diagnostic form. You can download a view a PDF copy, or contact me – I still have a few hard copies left. By following some general guidelines, one can become quite good at diagnosing problems. Below is a summary.
First, document everything! Memories tend to fade. We often forget or overlook details. You can document by taken notes (many phone apps or iPad/tablets work well for this). Make a recording. Take pictures – this is especially useful when you need help – and send those photos to others.
PRELIMINARY FACT FINDING. You can obtain plenty of information before you even get to the field. Although I call this preliminary (as if you’ve not seen the problem), you may need to go back to the office to refresh your memory of what you did. Information that can be acquired beforehand or back in the office includes:
- Cropping History
- Soil Information
- Pest Management Information
- Tillage and Other Cultural Practices
THE FIELD VISIT
- Take all materials and equipment needed (e.g., phones, paper, shovel, plastic bags, soil probes, etc.)
- Windshield/Whole Field Investigation
- Above-Ground Inspection
- Take Appropriate Plant or Soil Samples
- Equipment Check
- Interaction with Others
- Document Everything!
ANALYSIS OF DATA AND FINDINGS
- Look-Alike Symptoms
- Interacting Factors/More Than One Problem
DRAWING A CONCLUSION. Review the facts and data. Eliminate unlikely causes. Validate likely causes. You may be able to drawn a conclusion in the field, but lab analysis may be needed.
FOLLOW UP. Revisit the field. If you took corrective action, did it work? Why or why not?
This is a very rough outline of the guide. Again, if you want a hard copy of Troubleshooting The Soybean Crop, contact me.
A summary of field crop disease and nematode management trials from 2017 is now available. Results for applied research on wheat, corn, cotton, peanut, and soybean can be downloaded below.
Due to impending rain Tuesday and Wednesday and already saturated soils, the Eastern Shore AREC field day scheduled for Wednesday, September 13, 2017 has been canceled. Let’s hope Hurricane Irma keeps tracking further west. We certainly do not need any more rain!
Please join us for Virginia Tech’s Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center (ESAREC) 2017 Research Field Day on Wednesday, September 13th. Registration is free, open to the public and will begin at 8:00 AM at the ESAREC complex located at 33446 Research Drive, Painter, Virginia 23420. The field tour will begin at 9:00 AM and conclude with lunch at 12:30 PM. See the attached flyer for specific projects to be highlighted and more information.
If you would like more information or are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Lauren Seltzer at 757-414-0724 ext. 11 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 ESAREC Field Day Announcement
We look forward to seeing you January 25th and 26th at the 27th Annual Eastern Shore Ag conference & Trade Show! You can find the program online at: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AEczhxLIHkUCwmY&cid=05F6B732110DB231&id=5F6B732110DB231%2129963&parId=5F6B732110DB231%21813&o=OneUp. Virginia pesticide re-certification and Certified Crop Adviser credits will be available. See the program for more information.
The event will be held at the Eastern Shore Community College Workforce Development Center, 29300 Lankford Highway, Melfa, VA 23410. When you enter the driveway to the Community College, we will be meeting in the building to the left.
The Annual Oyster Roast will be held on Wednesday night, January 25th beginning with a social at 6:00 pm and oysters served at 6:30 pm. Along with oysters, there will be all-you-can-eat barbecue, sides and beverages. Tickets will be $35.00 in advance and $40.00 if purchased the day of the oyster roast.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact either Theresa Pittman (email@example.com) or Ursula Deitch (firstname.lastname@example.org) for accommodation. Thank you!
Join us in Melfa, VA for the 27th Annual Eastern Shore Agricultural Conference and Trade Show on January 25-26, 2017. This event is free, open to the public, and will be held at the Eastern Shore Community College Workforce Development Center. We will offer Virginia Pesticide Recertification credits for categories 1A, 10, 60, and 90. We will also offer Certified Crop Adviser Credits for nutrient management (2), soil and water (1), integrated pest management (4.5), crop management (6), and professional development (0.5). Click on the following link for topic areas being presented: ag-conf-press-release-2017
Trial summaries for applied research on field crop disease and nematode control conducted in Virginia in 2015 are now available.
Applied Research on Field Crop Disease Control in Virginia, 2015
The Eastern Shore of Virginia Ag Conference & Trade Show is on! We are snow free, and looking forward to a great event on January 26 and 27, 2016. The event will take place at the Eastern Shore Community College Workforce Development Center in Melfa, VA. The full program can be found at: http://issuu.com/esarec/docs/flipbookfinal/1. We have been approved for Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) CEU credits (details at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/f34f3spg4quni7a/CCA_Credits_Handout_2016.pdf?dl=0), Virginia Nutrient Management Credit (1 credit), and Virginia Pesticide Recertification credits (information in the program). See you there! Directions can be found at: http://es.vccs.edu/about/mapdirections/.
Join Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Virginia Association of Potato and Vegetable Growers, and Industry to hear updates, research information, and innovative products for grain, oilseed, and vegetable crops important to Virginia’s Eastern Shore on January 26 and 27, 2016. This event is free and open to the public. Announcements concerning conference updates, weather delays and/or closings, etc. will be made at: https://www.facebook.com/EasternShore.Soils. Highlights of the program can be found in the attached flyer.
Late blight continues to be found on tomato in Virginia. New reports from the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Charles City County have been confirmed this week. The upcoming heat wave should suppress some of the damage and spread that late blight can achieve, however, growers and gardener should be diligent in scouting for the disease and take appropriate measures. Additional information: anr-6-pdf-pdf