Spring planting will be here before you know it! That’s why Tom Manney, Technical Agronomist with Specialty Hybrids, had advice for Michigan farmers during the Fort Wayne Farm Show at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
“I would recommend right now farms really need to be focused on finalizing their crop plan for 2023,” said Manney. “Figuring out what crops are going to be put on different parts of their farm – what their fertility programs are going to look like for this upcoming year – Maybe, if you’re on corn, are you going to stick with pre-plant anhydrous? Are you going to focus or switch to liquid (28%) fertilizer treatments? What different fertility programs are you going to be looking at?”
“Also, importantly, getting your herbicide program locked in for this growing season. What your pre-programs are going to look like for corn and soybeans? What are you’re in-crop and post passes going to look like for corn and soybeans? Get that product locked in and figure out exactly where that’s going to go across your farm,” said Manney.
In addition to locking in herbicides, Manney also recommended having fungicides on order and available this growing season to battle the potential threats of tar spot affecting corn or white mold damaging soybeans.
“We have no idea what this growing season is going to bring us, so we need to be prepared,” said Manney. “I highly recommend farms across the state get their fungicide on order and have a plan in place if we have tar spot or white mold come in. We need to be able to have that chemistry to protect us against it.”