How One Iowa Farmer Discovered Goss’s Wilt With a FarmLogs Crop Health Alert

April 06, 2017

Thadd K. is a farmer that grows corn and soybeans on a 3,200 acre farm near Lester, Iowa. Last season, Thadd received a Crop Health Alert on one of his corn fields. After scouting the area indicated by the alert he discovered Goss’s Wilt.

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Thadd K. at the Iowa State Fair 


Can you tell us about the Crop Health Alert that you received?

I received a couple of different Crop Health Alerts from FarmLogs this past season. After receiving each alert, I went out and checked the fields. At first I wasn’t sure if I’d find anything, but when I got out to the field I found the beginning stages of Goss’s Wilt. I took some pictures of that little bit that was showing up in the field for scouting purposes and added them to my FarmLogs account.

 

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Thadd’s Scouting Notes, Crop Health Imagery, and Crop Health Alert

 

After finding the Goss’s Wilt, what did you do?

Since I was able to catch it early on, I watched it throughout the season. Luckily it didn’t really take off, at least not like the previous years where we’ve had the same problem.


Have you discovered anything else about your fields with FarmLogs Crop Health Imagery? 

FarmLogs Crop Health Imagery is able to pick up a variety of differences in my fields. I mainly use it for trying to pinpoint problems throughout the year. In one instance last season, we had discovered Northern Corn Blight in one of our fields and treated it with some fungicides. It was interesting to see that once we sprayed the field FarmLogs Crop Health Imagery really picked up on the result. You could see how it benefitted the field by the changes in the imagery from before and after spraying.

 

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Thadd’s Crop Health Imagery shows him the benefit of spraying fungicides on his corn. 

 

How else do you use FarmLogs with your operation?

I have my three brothers and my brother-­in-­law using FarmLogs, which is nice. They can get on the app, and I can easily show them things in the field.

When we're out scouting, we all have the information we need right there in the app.

We all use the rainfall tracking feature, too. Our farms are spread out a little bit so it’s nice to be able to see how much rainfall each field received without having to drive out to check. I also log my planting maps. I just take a picture of my variety planting maps and then put them right into my account.

 

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