We caught a few showers last week and over the weekend. We peeled back some ears this morning and outwardly they looked a lot better than they really are. There is some spotty kernel fill, so they did get hurt by the dry weather. Soybeans look pretty good, but I don’t see the four-bean pods that we usually see in our fields. That may have been affected by the hot, dry weather as well.

We had rain from two inches on some fields to 0.7 inches on others Sunday into Monday morning, and it was much needed. Crops on the clay hills were yellowing but are improving some. Crops on the bottom ground should be decent. We were having problems with caterpillars but we sprayed and things look better. We’ve had a lot of planes in the air spraying fungicide on corn in our area.

It’s raining here this morning (Monday). Last week some fields had 1.5 to 2 inches of rain, while others had less. Crops are looking all right. The dry weather has caused some permanent damage. A lot of that is going to depend on soil type. We were about a week away from having a really bad crop. Soybeans are starting to darken up now. You can really tell the difference based on planting date.

Most of the corn is tasseling, and it’s progressing right along. The beans are doing pretty good, considering the lack of rain. We are seeing some caterpillars and are set up for spraying. We had no measurable rain last week, so it’s pretty dry around here. All the rain just keeps missing us here. I saw some corn firing this morning (Monday) several rows into the field. We need some rain this week.

We had some high winds last week, and it damaged some corn. We did have anywhere from an inch to 1.5 inches of rain. We have leafhoppers in our hay, so we are going to have to spray. We took the second cutting early, and it wasn’t that good. Beans are looking good, with very few insects at the moment. The corn is behind where it has been the last couple of years. It was tasseling by the 4th of July then, but not this year.

We haven’t had any rain other than a few sprinkles today (June 26). Corn leaves are starting to roll some, depending on the hybrid. Beans are making good progress – the 15-inch rows are almost closed. We found some caterpillars on thistles, but not in our beans. They are spraying for them north of Bridgewater, however. Last year the co-op sprayed ours July 20 and that was late beans only. We will see what happens this year.

It is really dry here. It’s been a while since we’ve had any measurable rain. The weather is acting like it did in 2012 with the drought – the rain gets to the Missouri River and then disappears. Corn leaves are rolling some in the middle of the afternoon. Looks like we are going to need to spray beans. Our corn is behind what it was last year. The last two years some corn was ready to tassel by July 4, but probably not this year.

The crops look okay. Some of the corn planted in clay is having a hard time finding the anhydrous. We are getting ready to crop scout today (Monday). We have seen thistle caterpillars on some thistles. We had to spray last year, and if you catch them early, they aren’t as big of a problem as they are if you wait. The yield was down on our first cutting of hay. The pastures could definitely use some rain.

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