"Looking back at our limited in-season rainfall, I’d like to take management credit for the crops being pleasant surprises but the variation picked up by the yield monitor showed how soil is so critically important."
"I keep telling myself that I am sure glad our recent rains weren’t snow. May it hold off to December and let us all get our crops and field work completed." Crop Watcher Tom Oswald gives his latest report from northwestern Iowa:
"I don’t try to estimate yield. I know a lot of folks like to do that, but every time I try I am too far off."
"In corn, western corn rootworm beetles chewing on silks caused some area fields of corn on corn to be sprayed earlier than the now customary practice of applying an R1 stage fungicide/insecticide cocktail by ground or air."
"It is pretty clear that 'something' is going on that will continue the questions into the fall and winter meetings."
"Like for many of you reading this, a few miles could make a few inches difference. Since the first of June, I’ve recorded 0.91” mostly in a few hundredths of an inch showers. Spotty is the word." Our Iowa Crop Watcher gives an update:
To best describe my backyard, you’d say we sure could use a good soaking rain. I’d take an inch anytime and 2 no problem. Keep the ice away.
Locally, crops look good with soybeans having emerged, unifoliate leaves are out on the way to trifoliate. Spraying herbicide on corn started a few days ago. I plan to put my single pass products on next week after we warm back up.
As of mid-May, most of the ground around Cleghorn had been planted. Oswald’s burndown herbicides were on. The two-pass corn had its first application.