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May 28, 2014




Black Cutworms


Tom Hillyer, Hillyer Agriservice, found a few fields with significant injury from black cutworms.  All corn fields should be regularly scouted for black cutworm injury until the corn plants reach V5.  For more details, see



Corn plant with below ground feeding by black cutworm.  (Courtesy of Tom Hillyer)



The black cutworm (near the soil line on the knife blade) that damaged the plant in the previous picture.  (Courtesy of Tom Hillyer)



Fomesafen Carryover in Corn


Fomesafen is the active ingredient in Flexstar and Reflex as well as several “generics,” such as Battlestar, Dawn, Rhythm, Ringside, Rumble, Shafen, Topgun, etc., and in combination with other active ingredients in several products, such as Flexstar GT, Flexstar GT 3.5, Marvel, Prefix, Statement, etc.  Fomesafen was applied to many soybean fields in 2013.  The Flexstar label states that corn should not be planted for 10 months after Flexstar application, and in many fields, corn was planted less than 10 months after the fomesafen application.  In addition, the dry weather in 2013 slowed down the normal rate of chemical breakdown.  The cold winter may also have reduced the amount of breakdown that would normally occur.


Corn injured by fomesafen carryover will exhibit veinal chlorosis; the veins will be chlorotic while the interveinal material will remain green.  (Sulfur deficiency is the exact opposite, with the veins remaining green and the interveinal material becoming chlorotic.  This is often seen in low organic matter areas without a history of animal manure and in instances where rapid top growth outpaces root development and the ability to move sulfur into the plant rapidly enough.)

Fomesafen carryover in corn.  Source:



Sulfur deficiency in corn.  (Courtesy of Brian Lang)


Corn normally recovers quickly from fomesafen injury.  I am not aware of any instance where yield loss due to this injury has been documented.


For more information, see Bob Hartzler’s article at and Kevin Bradley’s (University of Missouri) article at



Late Spring Soil Nitrate Test


The earliest planted corn is approaching the time to check the N status of the soil by taking one-foot depth soil samples when the corn is 6-12” tall. At least 16 soil cores (24 is better) should go into each sample and about a cup of this (soil bag full) sent to a lab for analysis. Cores should be pulled in a systematic way going across corn rows (i.e. first core pulled in the row, next one-1/8 the distance between rows, next 1/4 the distance between rows, etc.). For more information on the process see An information sheet for sending samples to ISU is at The cost for analysis is $5/sample.




Cover Crops for Forage and Grazing Field Day

10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 5, 2014

Gladbrook, IA

Details are at:


Beginning Farmer Workshops


Pasture Walk

10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Farley, IA

Location:       Eric & Amanda Gaul farm, 26946 Dyersville East Road, Farley.

Topics:           Paved lanes, waterlines, Millionaire Model Dairy Farms, and conventional and organic dairy budgets, all discussed by Dr. Tranel, ISU Extension Dairy Specialist.

Directions:    From Holy Cross (Highway 52), go south on County Hwy Y13 (Holy Cross Road) for 6.7 miles. Then turn west on Dyersville East Rd for 1.4 miles.  The farm will be on the left.

From Farley (Highway 20), go north out of Farley 4.7 miles on County Hwy Y13, then turn west on Dyersville East Rd for 1.4 miles.  The farm will be on left.



Early-season Crop Management Clinic

9:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Boone, IA

Details are at:


Cover Crop Workshop

9:00 a.m., Thursday, June 12, 2014

Boone, IA

Details are at:


Cover Crops Field Day

12:30 - 3:00 p.m., Thursday, June 19, 2014

Rowley, IA

Dick Sloan Farm, 3046 Harrison Ave,  Rowley, IA.  More details wil be coming soon.


Spring Field Day – Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm

1:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Nashua, IA

Details are at:


Spring Field Day – Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm

5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Details will appear at:


Hay & Forage Expo

June 25 – 26, 2014

Boone, IA



Spring Field Day – Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm

1:00 p.m., Thursday, June 26, 2014

Crawfordsville, IA

In addition, training for Certified Crop Advisors will be conducted, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Details are at:


Weed Science Field Day

8:30 a.m., Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ames, IA

Further details will be forthcoming.


Mid-season Crop Management Clinic

9:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Boone, IA

Details are at:


Late-season Crop Management Clinic

9:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Boone, IA

Details are at:




If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Iowa State University Extension Office.
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