June 7, 2018 | By: | Agronomy

Scout Now, Profit Later. Top Scouting Tips for a Successful Year

If you’re like us, then you’re feeling pretty great to be back out there doing what you love after that long winter. There’s nothing like getting your hands dirty again and seeing those rows and rows of hard work start to pop-up. With planting wrapping up, now the real work begins. The work of scouting, monitoring and managing your fields to maximize your yields.

Over the years our Peterson Farms Seed agronomy experts have covered a lot of topics related to scouting. We’ve dusted off some of our top posts on the subject to provide a handy resource as you head out to evaluate your acres.

We suggest starting with this post from Adam that lays the groundwork for a successful scouting trip with 5 of his top tips.

Adam’s Top 5 Field Scouting Tips


Corn Scouting

Evaluating Corn Spacing and Stand Uniformity

Evaluate Corn Stands

Learn what to look for early on when corn is just emerging to find clues as to where planting went well, and where you can make improvements for next year.

Evaluate Your Corn Early – Adam’s Three Tips 

In this post you’ll learn about what to look for in corn populations, stand uniformity and planting depth including what you can address yet this year.

Scout Now for Early Season Sulfur Deficiency 

Do you know how to spot the early signs of sulfur deficiency? Learn what to look for and what you can do to tackle this issue.


Soybean Scouting

Weather is always a factor for soybeans, both good and bad.

Seedling Diseases of Soybeans 

Proof that there’s no such thing as too early to be scouting. Learn the types of seedling diseases, how to identify and what you can do to manage diseases in this early stage.

Adam’s Soybean Growth Stages Guide

Do you know the stages of soybean growth and what you can do to manage decisions that will impact yields? Adam covers this and more in this helpful resource.

Prefer a video on soybean stages? Check out this Ag Bites video on soybean staging

This visual guide will help paint a picture of how to stage your beans.  

3 Soybean Yield Robbers to Scout This Summer 

Learn what to be on the look out for this summer when walking your soybean fields.

The agronomy team at Peterson Farms Seed is here to help you make the best decisions for your fields. If you’ve got questions about scouting or something specific happening in your field, drop us a line at or give us a call at (866) 481-7333.

Adam Spelhaug, Agronomy Lead CCA

Adam Spelhaug

As the agronomy manager, Adam Spelhaug works diligently to determine the best genetics for our region, bringing growers what they need in their fields. Adam has been making his mark on Peterson Farms Seed since 2005. When he’s not discovering genetic breakthroughs, Adam can be found spending time with his family, golfing or bowhunting. He’s a North Dakota State University alumnus, and he’s proud of it. Don’t take any UND green into his office.

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