I’ve heard a little bit of everything this past week. One neighbor started picking corn at the end of the week. I didn’t hear of a yield, but the moisture was below 30. Guys are starting to chop June-planted corn now. Almost all the soybeans are starting to turn now. We still have a few later-planted fields that are bright green. We haven’t started harvest yet, but we are normally two weeks behind the guys I was talking about.

Iowa Farm Bureau had their annual policy development summer conference. Traveling to Des Moines, near Oskaloosa, there’s a lot of fields of soybeans starting to turn. I even saw a few fields of seed corn being harvested. We still need some heat units to help finish off the later-planted crop. Time is still marching on. My Good Friday corn was hard to shell off the ears — it’s still wet. Milk line was a quarter to a half.

We are getting equipment ready to go still. I see a lot of grass waterways getting mowed and baled and hay made. It’s been a productive last couple of days. Still haven’t seen anyone chopping any silage yet, but I keep hearing that this weekend, or the first of next week, we are going to get started. A lot of guys are calling and getting cover crop seed right now so as soon as they are done chopping they can go straight into planting cover crops.

We are ramping up on the cover crop side of things and getting that moving forward. I was talking to my uncle, and his new-crop alfalfa was going to get its second stubble cutting. Corn is starting to fire up from the bottom, so I imagine guys are getting their chopping equipment ready to go. I’m going to imagine maybe in the next two weeks guys are going to start chopping. I say that optimistically.

We ended up being on the drought monitor this past week, but an inch of rain this past weekend makes me optimistic we will be out of that. Thin parts are starting to show up. I have a 111-day corn planted on April 24 that is starting to dent. We are starting to get knee deep into cover crop stuff and final recommendations put into place. Next week we might start flying cereal rye on.

We are feast to famine on rainfall amounts. For the subsoil, if you stick a shovel in the ground you have to jump on it once or twice to get the shovel down. Things are still looking good around here. Later-planted soybeans have pods and are starting the podfill process. Our replant corn is 80-90% pollinated.

We are all hoping and praying for rain right now. We are starting to get short again. The early-planted corn is still surprising a lot of guys. I shouldn’t say that too loud, otherwise the people in Chicago might hear us. Guys are starting to mow and bale hay again, and we are spraying fungicide on the later planted soybeans now. We are starting to see thistle caterpillar populations kick up, so we are scouting and watching for that.

The May 6 planted corn is done with pollination. We’ve been doing early yield checks and they are all over the board, but we will have something to harvest this fall. Continuing to scout soybeans and getting ready to spray fungicide as they get to R3. Not seeing enough bugs to justify putting an insecticide in the pass, and only planning on spraying seed production acres at this point.

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