The roller coaster continues because we were dry near the time I wrote the previous report. Now we’ve again had about 2 to 3 inches of rain in the past week or so.
There's plenty of corn that has pollinated. But there's still enough that's just now starting to pollinate. We figure about 60 days from pollination to maturity. So it will be close with our average frost date of Oct. 18.
There have been a lot of helicopters flying fungicide the past couple of weeks. Many were planned applications; others were on fields where we started finding greater levels of gray leaf spot. The University of Wisconsin-Division of Extension found tar spot this past week on corn plots in the UW-Arlington and Lancaster agricultural-research stations. So there will be some decisions made in the coming days on what will be sprayed. One person sent me a picture of corn planted the same date in April 2018 and April 2019. We're a couple of weeks behind the corn from 2018.
One thing we have seen a lot of in the past couple of weeks has been Cobra applications to soybeans. I can tell by the brown fields all over. There are a lot of fields on my drives around the country that have plenty of waterhemp coming back in them. I remember when giant ragweed was our biggest weed issue. But now this is scary because we have a weed that emerges almost all year and produces something like 50 times the seed that ragweed does.
Weather looks pretty good in the next couple of weeks. So if we can make it past the disease and weed issues this crop has some potential.