Spring Planting Is Wrapping Up. How’d It Go?

Monday, June 6, 2016
By: Kris Norwood, Communications
2016 planting season wrap up by state

Like tax season for an accountant, planting season is a busy time for growers – in a rush to accomplish a lot in a very short window of time – to give their crop the best chance for a strong, healthy start.

Rain and cool spring weather has delayed some crops getting in the ground, but by most accounts, 2016 planting has gone well, and growers are on their way to a successful growing season.

2016 Planting Progress

(source USDA), as of May 31, 2016


98% planted


83% planted


75% planted

Spring Wheat


Many thanks to the Commercial Operations team members who took time out to provide updates, below, about what’s been going on in their areas since we interviewed them earlier in the season:

Torrey Sharkey: Redwood Falls, Minnesota

Corn planting has been done for a couple weeks, and the plants have emerged. Soybean planting also just got wrapped up. There are a few areas that have had to do some replanting of corn due to large amounts of rain (4+ inches) and even some areas due to some frost. (Down in the upper 20s in some parts of the territory.) Weather was in the 80s the past several days, which is the warmest it has been in a while. Rain is coming through again this week. Post emergence spraying has just started in the past few days, as the giant ragweed have emerged.”

Rick Hernandez: Weslaco, Texas

“Another very hot and humid week in the LRGV (lower Rio Grande Valley), as the weather brought about some occasional but needed thunderstorms and rain. Temperatures ranging from mid- to upper-90s with 70-80 percent humidity. Currently we’re tracking approximately 125 percent above last year’s sales, and I’m thankful for grower support in this poor commodity price season.”

Corn field in Midwest, United States


“We are at R3-R4 (growth stages) and should be harvesting soon. Proline Trials are in place, and we are working with Dr. Tom Isakeit, Texas A&M University to gather samples and run both Aflatoxin and Fusarium Gibberella species samples. Growers should start planting the fall corn crop soon.”

Healthy Sorghum field (left) and Sorghum Aphid pest (right)


“Growers are currently applying Sivanto Prime for White Sugarcane Aphid control. (Aphids are shown in the photo on right.) We are also currently fighting Yellow Sugarcane Aphid, Midge, Stinkbugs and Headworms.”

Bayer's Rick Hernandez in Texas cotton field


“We are at peak bloom with cotton and have been dealing with quite a bit of rain. Whitefly and Red Spidermites are currently being sprayed for.” (Rick Hernandez is shown in photo.)

Citrus trees treated with Alion Herbicide


“Rains have stopped most of the Alion herbicide applications, but what has been sprayed looks great. Currently citrus growers are applying Sivanto and Luna Sensation for Rust Mite, Asian citrus psyllid, Melanose, and Greasy Spot control.”

Watermelon harvest on large Texas farm


“Most fields are about 50 percent harvested, and prices continue to look good. Currently treating for Whitefly, Powdery, Rind Worm and Downy Mildew control.”

Mike Hillstrom: Mandan, North Dakota

“Spray applications have begun in both wheat and canola. Corn is just emerging and applications of DiFlexx and DiFlexx DUO will begin in the next couple weeks. It’s been almost a month since we have received substantial moisture in most of Southwest North Dakota, so rain that is forecast for this weekend and into next week would be much welcome. Most applications of herbicides will happen over the next month, so we will be very busy. Then Prosaro season will be upon us in about a month.”

Steve Cumming: Lunenburg, Maine

“Greetings from the northeast! The warmest winter on record was no precursor to a warm spring here. Up to 8 inches of snow fell on Monday, May 16, in the northern Maine potato growing region of Aroostook County. (See photo from Caribou, Maine). April and May have been very cool with many nighttime temps in the lower 30s and daytime temps sometimes only in the high 40s. Despite all this, the crops are slowly going in. Field corn and sweet corn are about 30 percent planted; potatoes, oats, barley and wheat are near 40 percent sown. Wild blueberries and cranberries are approaching bloom, and apples range from early pink to petal fall. Demand is strong for our liquid seed treatment products on seed potatoes, our fungicides for apples and small fruit, and now for our corn herbicides. Full throttle ahead!”

8 inches snow in Caribou, Maine on May 16, 2016

Kent Taylor, Senior Customer Business Advisor: Carlisle, Pennsylvania

“After many rainy days, growers are beginning to protect crops. Fungicides on wheat, selective corn herbicides on corn, and insecticides and fungicides on tree fruit. Many growers are replanting corn that either did not come up because of the cool wet conditions, or came up so erratically that it needs to be replanted in order to make a crop. Unfortunately, we are expecting more rain the next few days, which will add to the stress of our customers and growers.”

Matthew Wilson: Turlock, California

“Our weather has been good, with a few rain events, but mostly sunny, windy, and warm. It’s good growing weather. Most insecticide/fungicide sprays on almonds have been completed, and growers are preparing for hull split sprays on almonds in another month, or so. Weed management sprays are ongoing, and fungicide applications on wine grapes are taking place now. Growers, with the help of PCAs (Pest Control Advisors), are trapping and monitoring for insect pressure in a variety of crops (grapes, walnuts, processing tomatoes, alfalfa, corn, etc.), as well as monitoring and treating disease in almonds, and nematode sampling in grapes, walnuts, and almonds. Mite sprays will be going on the corn in a couple weeks.”

Roy Morris: Lakeland, Florida

“In west central Florida, tomatoes and vegetables are wrapping up. Diseases and pest pressure were normal, and prices were below average. These crops will be terminated by early June, and land preparation for fall crops will begin. Citrus continues to struggle with (citrus) greening, but a severe outbreak of Post Bloom Fruit Drop during the bloom in March has reduced the fruit set in Valencia and Navel oranges, and this will negatively affect next year’s crop. To control summer insects, growers soon will be making oil and miticide sprays, as well as Asian psyllid sprays.”

Editor’s note: Citrus greening is a deadly bacterial infection that causes citrus trees to produce bitter green fruits. It has plagued citrus farmers in the United States since it was first detected in Florida in 2005. Scientists have not yet developed a cure for the infection spread by the Asian citrus psyllid. With the responsible use of crop protection products, farmers have been able to control the Asian citrus psyllids, reducing their number by 76-100 percent


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