Corn and soybean planting continues throughout the area as conditions remain optimal for field work. Fields that were planted a week ago have emerged as growing degree day units accumulated quickly with high daytime temperatures. It is time to assess stand establishment and scout for any insects and disease. Maintaining weed control in a late-planted crop is top of mind. Wheat is beginning to ripen. With continued wet weather from pollination through most of grain fill, the quality is st…

Field activity finally started in the area late last week. The rush to plant corn before the June 5 crop insurance date is on as the forecast calls for several days of widespread rain again. Everyone is completing as much field work as possible during this window of favorable weather. Livestock growers have started cutting hay and spreading manure.

It has been another week of rain, with totals near 5 inches on our farm. Field work has not started aside from a few fields in the area that were worked and planted in less than ideal conditions. Farmer sentiment is showing the strain of the delayed season and market uncertainty. Discussions regarding earlier hybrids, prevent planting and switching crops are the main topics as the current forecast offers little chance of getting into the field soon. Wheat is done flowering and is the onl…

Another week of the same weather, with several days of drying along with an inch of rain. Field work is still on hold, though many are attempting to apply dry fertilizer and spray burndown on fields that will allow. If the weather pattern changes by the end of the week, intended cropping plans will stay the same. Most of the wheat has flowered and fungicides have been applied as conditions are favorable for the development of fusarium head scab. On the pest watch, armyworms are present i…

Another week of the same weather with several days of drying conditions followed by 2.5 inches of rain. The few acres of corn that were planted earlier struggled through difficult conditions but finally emerged. Wheat is in boot to heading stage and flowering will begin soon as temperatures are expected to warm. Despite wet conditions, fungal leaf diseases are limited so far. We are looking forward to a break in the weather to allow field work to finally begin. 

Field conditions are the same as they were last week. We had a few days of sun and drying followed by more rain. Some areas to the west along major rivers are flooded, with water levels compared to 1993. Controlling winter annuals will be the first task when it dries out to allow field activity. Alfalfa will be ready to cut as soon as fields can carry traffic and weather allows for drying. It will be a rush when the season finally begins.

The past week allowed for one day of limited field activity in the area before rains returned. A few sprayers were applying burndown, and a couple anhydrous ammonia applicators were running. The limited acres that were planted are mostly rolling hills. The forecast for another week of rain will delay additional field work. My black cutworm and armyworm traps are actively attracting moths. Without a growing corn crop, cutworm may not be a concern for now, but scouting wheat for armyworm w…

It’s been another week of nearly the same weather, with several drying days followed by a couple days of rain. Winter annual weed pressure continues to evolve as fields of henbit and purple deadnettle flowers begin transitioning to yellow rocket and butterweed. Field activity has not started but will likely begin as soon as conditions are marginally close, with many beginning to feel the season will be a rush with the continued delay.

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