All the rains pretty much missed us last week. We just ended up with a tenth. Some farms got five inches, so it’s very spotty. The cool temperatures have probably helped save our crop. For the most part, everything still looks good, but there are some stressed spots. Bean pods seem to be filling slowly, but we need more rain to help push them along

It’s been hit and miss for moisture, but I think the crop still looks awesome. We had three-tenths of an inch of rain last week. You can see there are problems with crops planted in sandy soil. Soybeans are looking pretty nice still. Everyone has a lot of sweet corn in the area. Most have been spraying fungicide. Things look decent, but we could use a good rain.

We had three-tenths of an inch of rain this morning (Monday), and we needed it because it was really getting dry. You can tell the corn is struggling in the light, sandy soils. Beans are really coming around and look good. Corn is probably 90% tasseled, and most of it is pollinating. We sprayed fungicide this morning until it started raining. We are seeing bugs so some farmers are spraying insecticide.

Things look really good. We got 1.1 inches of rain July 9, and that really helped because the corn was drying up in some of the sandy spots. Corn is tasseling – we are probably two weeks ahead of where we were a year ago. Soybean quality is starting to improve. I saw some oats starting to turn the other day after we got some rain. Alfalfa quality looks pretty good, too.

It’s been very dry, with temperatures in the 90s every day. The corn is pretty tall, but it is starting to show some stress. Soybeans are also showing some stress, too. Some of the sweet corn is starting to tassel. It has been easy for folks to put up hay since there hasn’t been any rain. I haven’t heard anyone talking about insect pressure yet, but I know people are checking for them frequently.

Crops in northwest Iowa are looking extremely good. The countryside is green. We could use another drink of water. The corn is about shoulder high. Temperatures will climb into the low 90s this week.

It’s a beautiful, sunny day today (June 22) in NW Iowa. What an from last week – we had 95-degree days with 45mph winds. We did have some rain Thursday, and then Sunday – a half-inch each time. Our corn is almost waist-high and looks awesome. Beans are very up and down depending on when they were planted. Farmers were struggling to get spraying done due to the wind last week.

The crops look awesome at the moment (Monday). The early planted corn is probably 18 to 24 inches high. Soybeans are growing pretty well. We had 1.5 inches of rain last week, and that really helped. We did have a lot of wind and heat, and it sounds like much of this week will be like that. I think there is a chance of rain Friday – we are going to need some probably by then.

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