5-6 Leaf Stage Milestones

Follow champion growers chronicle their 5-6 Leaf Stage stage milestones.

Earl Wetta Update - 5‑6 Leaf Stage
Kansas’ weather conditions have taken a turn from excessive rainfall in the early spring to ideal growing conditions for a yield-busting milo crop. Earl’s sorghum has seen over 1.5 inches of rainfall into mid-July.
With 1.4 more inches of rain coming on July 18 followed by five days of 100+ degrees, these crops are practically exploding. Weed control still looks great without the need for any pesticide applications.
“However, the counties surrounding our fields have been reporting sightings of the sugarcane aphid, so I’m keeping a close watch and scouting my fields daily,” said Wetta.
Earl made a foliar application of Bio-Forge® on July 26 to help his plants maintain a healthy level of plant hormones and maximize their nutrient uptake. The plants are currently in the pre-boot stage and expect to begin heading in about two weeks. Earl was also concerned about the amount of nitrogen still left in his fields. He decided to do a leaf tissue sampling for the first time and sent it off to be analyzed at the local lab. He’s eager to see the results of that test.
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Steven Albracht Update - 5‑6 Leaf Stage
Steven’s plant growth is progressing nicely despite no rainfall since planting on May 31. He has been maintaining a regular irrigation schedule due to extremely hot and dry temperatures, at some points reaching and exceeding 107 degrees this summer.

Steve irrigated on June 25, 28, 29 and July 7. He applied Stoller Bio-Forge® and X-Tra Power on June 25 at the V5 plant stage to promote optimum hormone balance and combat the hot and stressful growing conditions. Steve went back and applied Stoller ReZist and Bio-Forge® mixed with one gallon of molasses on July 1 when the plants reached the V9/V10 growth stages.
Tim Fisher Update - 5-6 Leaf Stage
Below are some images taken approximately 6 weeks after planting. At pre-boot stage, Tim applied 100 lbs. of potash and 100 lbs. of urea, with plans to make a pesticide application in July for defense against late season pests.
Despite heavy rainfall and thunderstorms with winds reaching up to 70 mph, the plants are off to a strong start and are showing ideal leaf development and root system growth. Fisher is well on his way to hitting some record yields with his milo this season.

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