Mark Pettijohn – Soybeans

Mark) Hi this is Mark Pettijohn. We are in eastern Saline County in a 36-
acre soybean field planted I think, on June 7th. I turned my head for two
weeks here in July and I only recently sprayed it three days ago, as the
pigweeds were almost as tall as I am. And I sprayed a product called Cobra
and of course with some glyphosate. The field has different levels of kill
going on, ranging from ones that aren’t going to die, some of the taller
weeds, to some of the pigweeds are looking promising, but then some of
them…the ones I know that will die are bent over 180 degrees. And I
actually had a small weed that I had grabbed from way down beneath the canopy
and it was almost completely healthy. So, 20-25 gallons per acre didn’t
penetrate perhaps the whole entire infrastructure of the plant matter, so I’m
kind of worried about the smaller plants actually coming later. But I’ll be
back. And then the soybeans did get burned but they’ll come out of it. I have
some fields I sprayed two weeks ago and the soybeans look completely healthy.
These beans are actually starting to flower. And the beans actually look
pretty good despite the weeds. But this is…I had two fields that looked
just like this and they are on a scale from 1 to 100, I’d give it a zero as
far as weeds. It’s horrible. A large reason why the weeds have gotten out of
control this year, is because steady rains all through the month of May,
pushed the May work into June, the June work into July. And having sprayed
this in mid-July basically it was a couple weeks overdue. And that lends
itself to what I said earlier about being a couple weeks where I turned my
head for two weeks during wheat harvest there, when I should have been here
spraying. We were double cropping and taking care of other fields that needed
us. And doing a good job there perhaps and we took it for granted that
this…the pre-emerge would hold the weeds out here. But obviously it did
not. But when I sprayed this field three days ago you couldn’t even see the
soybeans. And at that time I thought gosh, we’re talking about 20-25 bushel
beans because the weeds are taking the moisture, the sunlight. The beans
aren’t getting good growth. The beans are being set back, much like these are
being burned and set back. Had a late planting date. Normally we’re mid-May.
We were early June, Now it’s like these were planted in mid-June almost.
Maybe it’s not that bad, but now today I’m here and I thought these beans
have 30 bushel potential. So, it definitely…the cost of the products I put
on were $12.55 per acre, which is a lot for one pass. I’ll definitely come
back and treat it with something again. But there might be a flush of velvet
weed or something at that time.
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