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Applicators Stay Busy Crop Spraying


It's been one of the busiest springs any farmer can remember and the pressure is still on.
While the planting season has come to a close the spraying season is in full swing.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you to Wilton for the story.

The push is on to get this chemical out before the disease moves in.
(Jamie Schurhamer / Hefty Seed Company) "With all the acres being planted, it was hard to get all the work done."
Jamie Schurhamer is the manager at the Hefty Seed Company location in Wilton.
He says they started spraying about the 15th of May business has been steady.
Schurhamer says 2 sprayers have been going steady the past month.
(Jamie Schurhamer / Hefty Seed Company)"A lot of big sprayers have been bought over the past couple of years and we are still booked solid for the next couple of weeks." 
Schurhamer says despite the extra moisture he's not seeing more diseases in the fields compared to most years.
(Jamie Schurhamer / Hefty Seed Company) "We essentially spray a fungicide every time we spray a crop field. Especially small grains. We are seeing some spotting again to occur, before we sprayed the herbicide we definitely saw some tan spot start."
Schurhamer says while there is some weed pressure in the corn, the crop looks to be doing pretty good. 
(Jamie Schurhamer / Hefty Seed Company) "The corn looks to be in pretty good shape. Just a month behind like everything else."
Schurhamer expects to stay busy into the fall without a break this year.
(Jamie Schurhamer / Hefty Seed Company) "We actually have some winter wheat and some barley that is in the heading stage right now. and I have actually got some crop that is in the 4leaf stage that we are going to spray, so it's pretty much stretched out but it's also compact and it will be all the way through harvest."

Schurhamer says he's worried about some of the soybeans in the area because the excess water it could cause poor emergence. 


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