Berryton, Kan.

It’s the first week of July, and despite the pattern since last fall, I’m still surprised that we keep getting rain and reasonable temperatures into July. The corn is generally looking very good, with a few areas that are a bit rough from nitrogen loss. Tassels have emerged in the corn planted in April. The latest planted — planted one month ago — is past knee high and looking better as it grows. Overall, I’d give the corn a B+ grade.

Tissue tests have shown we are low on nitrogen in early planted fields that look nowhere near deficient, so we have begun doing some sidedressing at tassel with 32 percent liquid fertilizer using the sprayer and some shop made drop hoses. We don’t plan to cover all the acres. We will be doing strips in several places to measure the response to the application. With the regular rains we have been getting, and the price of corn where it is, trying to grab more bushels is a no-brainer this year.

Our soybeans are still small. Last year, as in most years, we would have had beans flowering for a week or two already. Everywhere I have looked, we have a very good stand. The isolated low spots that don’t drain well are thin. Thankfully, those spots do not add up to very many acres. We have not seen any need to replant beans. There insect damage has been very sporadic and light.

There has been very little disease appearance to this point. One corn field has started to get some common rust, but that’s also on the worst field we have.

We had only 45 acres of wheat to harvest. It was planted very late and never looked very good. The yield didn’t beat the insurance guarantee.

Basis locally is going both directions. Corn basis tightened dramatically as the reference price rolled in July, and is now at +.20. Beans have moved off a little to -.65. Hard red wheat has held surprisingly well through harvest, off only a nickel to -.15 — Ryan Johnson