Crop growth and development has accelerated with temperatures in the 90s throughout the last week. Corn is showing some response to this heat and curling during the day. Very few tassels have emerged throughout the area, with only a few fields planted before June. Soybeans that are near V6 growth stage have not started flowering. A lot of herbicide applications were made to soybeans just prior to the cutoff date for dicamba use. With the crop finally in the ground, the attention has shif…

The crop is finally done being planted as double-crop, some first-crop and replant soybeans are emerging at the same time. My observations from walking a representation of corn acres confirm variability will be the biggest issue this season. Corn is nearing V8 aside from April corn that's tasseling. Most soybeans are beginning to close into narrow rows. Disease findings include anthracnose in corn-on-corn and beginning pustules of common rust in corn. Weed control in prevent plant acres,…

It has been several years since the saying “knee high by the Fourth of July” accurately describes our corn crop. Most corn looks uneven in color and size as it is moving into deeper placed nitrogen from NH3. Soybeans are putting on their first trifoliate leaf, with most fields having some water holes with thin stands from all of the rain and ponding. Wheat harvest is well under way. Early yield reports indicate a wide range mainly due to field drainage and management practices. Reports o…

The area received several inches of rain over the past week. Field activity has been halted for most due to saturated conditions. A few acres of corn were sidedressed with nitrogen during the week. Corn condition is declining in poorly drained fields as pythium damping off is prevalent. No-till soybeans seem to lag behind in development compared to conventional soybean fields this season. Very little wheat has been cut in the area, and harvest will be difficult until conditions dry up en…

It was a busy week, with everyone trying to wrap up planting before a week of forecasted rain. A lot of corn and soybeans benefited from the moisture. Post-applied corn herbicide applications were going on ahead of the rain along with soybean herbicide applications. It was a good week to cut hay with ideal conditions for drying. Wheat harvest will begin soon across the area.

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…

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