January 18, 2021

Archives for July 2012

Meet Janie Imming: SciMax Solutions Specialist

Raising pigs and driving tractors while growing up on a farm near Storm Lake, IA wasn’t enough to convince Janie Imming that agriculture was her calling. But during college, it was something that beckoned her and drew her back to her roots.

In this feature story in Farm News’ “2012 Women in Ag” special section,” you get a chance to read her story and find out why ag, and MaxYield Cooperative was the perfect fit for Imming.

Meet, SciMax Solutions Specialist, Janie Imming…

Spider mites attacking row crops

By KAREN SCHWALLER/Farm News staff writer

This article first appeared in Farm News.

Extreme dry conditions in the state have growers not only scouting their fields for signs of drought stress, but also for possible infestations of spider mites in their corn and soybeans.

“I’ve seen some spider mites around the Fostoria area, but by Friday (of this week) we may be seeing quite a bit more of them if it stays dry,” said Kurt Metzger, seed solutions specialist for Maxyield Cooperative.

Metzger said spider mites originally came in on the wind from the south. They suck the sap and juices out of the plant.

“The plants will turn a yellowish color” Metzger said. “You’ll see them around the edges of the field and around waterways first if they are there.”

Metzger said spider mites are so small that growers might need a magnifying glass to see them, but they could also shake the plant out on a white piece of paper, then watch to see if they are moving around.

Spider mites can reproduce very quickly.

“Their numbers can explode under the right conditions, in a matter of four or five days,” said Metzger. “They thrive in hot, dry conditions. If you start to see spider mites in your fields, don’t wait. You’ll want to do something about it now.”

Metzger said growers should be scouting soybeans and corn.

“Spider mites can also work on the lower leaves of corn plants,” he said. “By the time they hit the ear leaf, that’s when you’re going to want to have been treating for them.”

Metzger said growers should consult first with a local agronomist in order to identify the infestation and discuss options.

He recommends spraying with Lorsban or a generic Lorsban-type product, because other types of insecticides will not kill the mites.

“When you get to the Pocahontas and Fort Dodge areas, they have been spraying already,” Metzger said.

Peter Bixel, SciMax Team Leader for Maxyield Cooperative, said it pays to spray for them because a grower he knows realized a 17-bushel per acre yield reduction where he didn’t treat his crop.

With today’s commodity prices, he said, it’s kind of a no-brainer.

“You may have to spray for them more than once, though, because the spray won’t kill the eggs that are (hiding under) the leaves,” he said, urging growers to take necessary preventative measures to protect their crop.

Soy, Corn Extend Highs; Oil Down Last Week

This article originally appeared at the Khaleej Times – United Arab Emirates


US soybean and corn prices extended their record highs o n F riday from the crop damage in America’s drought-baked heartland, while oil and copper markets fell on renewed worries about European debt.

The retreat in energy and metals prices did not prevent the commodities complex from posting a fourth straight week of gains.

The Thomson Reuters CRB index, a global commodities benchmark, settled up 3.6 percent for the week, after closing slightly lower for the session. The 19-commodity index has risen 7 percent so far for July, heading for its strongest month since October 2011.

Soybeans and corn posted their biggest five-week gain since late 2009 as relentless heat wilted crops in the US Midwest.

“Everything today is focused on the weather for soybeans,” said Karl Setzer, analyst at MaxYield Cooperative in West Bend, Iowa. “Historically, August is when the soy yield is determined, but because everything is early this year, we are seeing the buying interest show up earlier.”

Soybeans for August delivery ended up 23-3/4 cents at $17.57-1/2 per bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade, after hitting a record peak at $17.77-3/4.

Rain this week provided little relief from the most extensive US drought in 56 years, said Don Keeney, meteorologist for MDA EarthSat Weather.

That added to the worry of investors and traders as some 16 percent of the soy crop was setting pods at the beginning of the week, nearly double the average pace for this time of year, according to the US Agriculture Department.

Hotter-than-normal temperatures were expected for at least another two months in most of the contiguous 48 US states, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said, which did not rule out the drought continuing past October.

Corn for September delivery jumped to a record high of $8.28-3/4 per bushel on the CBOT before settling at $8.24-1/2, a gain of 16-3/4 cents.

The new-crop December contract gained 17-1/4 cents to $7.95-3/4. The contract has risen more than 50 percent over four weeks.

Although the rally in corn was not yet building into a food crisis, like in 2008, the price surge was still worrying as corn is used in more edible products than soy, said Abdolreza Abbassian, a senior economist and grain expert at the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.

Latham Seeds 4th Annual “Freedom Ride” – REGISTER NOW!

Latham Seeds Freedom RideNothing displays an independent spirit like an American farmer – except perhaps an American farmer on a motorcycle! That’s why this family-owned, independent seed company hosts an annual “field day on wheels.”

Join Latham Hi-Tech Seeds Saturday, August 25, 2012! They’re looking forward to hosting this year’s ride on our home turf.

You’ll learn about emerging seed technologies as you travel through scenic North Central Iowa. Our route includes a drive around Clear Lake and a special behind-the-scenes tour of Hagie Manufacturing in Clarion.

The approximate 90-mile ride will both begin and end at Latham headquarters in Alexander, Iowa. Activities will begin around 9 a.m. with registration.

A traditional Iowa-style barbecue will begin around 11:30 a.m., so riders have a chance to “fuel up” before the ride. We’ll ride in groups of 20-25 with a staggered start. The ride will end around 6 p.m. with a complimentary hog roast catered by Wholly Smoke BBQ.

Don’t have a bike but still want to enjoy the ride? Muscle cars and classic cars are welcome, too.

Register today at www.LathamSeeds.com.

U.S Seasonal Drought Outlook – July 19-October 31, 2012

Drought conditions look to persist or further develop for the upper Midwest.

At Latham Seed for the Day

By: Kelsi Pringnitz


On July 6th, I had the opportunity to visit Latham Hi-Tech Seed for the day. Who would ever image, someone could get lost in Alexander, IA? I just about did, and then I saw the welcoming sign along the road pointing me to Latham headquarters. There, I met both John and Shannon Latham. John gave me the “grand tour” of the place and explained to me everything they did there. Having little agronomy background, this was helpful!

Latham Seed is a family-owned business started by John’s grandfather. The business has been handed down through the family and with only a few outside employees, this is truly a family run company. For their size, they do very well. In fact, they are celebrating 65 years in business this summer!

Shannon Latham does the marketing for Latham Seed and I was able to job shadow her for most of the day. Learning more and more all the time that I would like to go into agriculture marketing and advertising, she was a good resource for me. I picked her brain all day with questions and she provided all the answers I needed. I had no idea the extent of promoting she does, until she gave me an insight. Sending out fliers in the mail, radio spots, ads in newspapers as well as many other areas, allows Shannon to get the word out about Latham Seed.

I would like to personally thank Latham Hi-Tech Seed for allowing me to visit for the day, and to MaxYield for enabling me to go.

For more information on Latham Seed, visit: http://www.lathamseeds.com/




Spider Mites Becoming a Threat

MaxYield Cooperative seed solutions specialist and Janie Imming, SciMax Solutions Specialist found some Spider Mites and Thrips present while scouting fields July 17th. No soybean aphids were found yet. It is important to consider a product that will fumigate the Spider Mites.

There are several great products available to spray soybeans, however very few have an effect on Spider Mites.

To learn more about this pest and our team approach to solutions in the field, and how to treat, contact your MaxYield Seed specialist.



Drought’s Impact on United States

The hope for rain continues across much of the US as the significant drought of 2012 affects key crops like corn, soybeans and wheat. To date, more than 1,000 counties in 26 states qualify as natural disaster areas – the largest ever.

The extent of the damage to crops is depicted in this vegetation anomaly map based on data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite. The map contrasts plant health in the central United States between June 25 and July 10, 2012, against the average conditions between 2002 and 2012.

Brown areas show where plant growth was less vigorous than normal; cream colors depict normal levels of growth; and green indicates abnormally lush vegetation.

Link to story: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=78553&src=eoa-iotd

MaxYield Attends ILCC Golf Outing

  MaxYield Cooperative recently attended the Iowa Lakes Community College Heldt-Laker golf outing at the Estherville Golf Course.The event is held in memory of Linda Heldt, long-time, well-respected ILCC Athletic Department employee who succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 2007.

At the event on behalf of MaxYield were (shown from left): Nolan Hauge, 2011 MaxYield intern, Derek Haupert, SciMax Solutions intern, Ben Matson, MaxYield 101 intern. Also representing MaxYield was Dan Stokes, central area seed solutions specialist.

Proceeds from the event benefit students who attend Iowa Lakes Community College.

MaxYield was invited to attend in recognition of our our efforts in supporting the college.

July 16, 2012 vs. 1988 Drought

Thank you to Advance Trading for passing this along. Shown is comparison of Good/Excellent crop rating now, versus 1998.