McPherson, Kan.

I’m sure our farm and your farm have been sharing a very similar characteristic over the past several weeks, being hectic. We have continued to jam months of work into weeks. This past week, we were spraying post emerges on corn, spraying pre-emerges on corn and soybeans, planting and replanting corn, as well as planting soybeans. It has been amazing how quickly things dried off. Our fields normally dry out faster than one would think, but we have several fields with low areas that are a challenge to get planted on a normal year, and I was able to plant most of them, only leaving small areas where water was still standing.

The wheat that looked so good is starting to lose a little of its shine as we are seeing sizable areas where the wheat has drowned out and head scab has shown up in the remainder of some fields. The issue with the scab is most fields in the area that where sprayed with fungicide where managing for stripe rust and were sprayed ahead of flowering. I had a variety that I knew was weak on scab that I planted into corn stubble, so I had a fungicide spray planned at flowering. I was checking that field to see how it was coming along with flowering when I found stripe rust in the canopy. We ended up spraying several of our fields for stripe rust. The side benefit of being reactive instead of preventative with the fungicide spray was the fields that we sprayed for stripe rust ended up being timed out well for helping manage scab. I think the guys who sprayed fungicide early ended up doing the right thing to manage leaf diseases and when it was time to spray for scab the window was almost non-existent.

The corn in the area is starting to get a little better appearance to it, but there are very few fields that I would say look great. There is a lot of unevenness in the fields and compaction from last year’s bean harvest is really showing up. This fall harvest is already setting up to be a challenge with large areas of fields being replanted on top of a wide planting window. We replanted sections of our irrigated fields with a 105-day hybrid, the fields were originally planted with 113-118-day hybrids so hopefully at harvest time we will be able to harvest the fields all at once. There will be issues when it comes to furrowing our flood irrigated corn as we have top ends of the field with thigh-high corn and on the bottom of the field where we had to replant, the corn is just emerging.

Local cash basis: Wheat, -36; corn, -32; soybeans, -109; milo, -77. — Adam Baldwin