Rick Moser

Crop Watcher Rick Moser poses by his planter, waiting for fields to dry out around his Larchwood, Iowa, home.

Soybeans hit the R3 to R4 growth stage in northwestern Iowa, and bottom pods were starting to fill, reported crop watcher Rick Moser from Larchwood.

Early-planted corn in the area was at R2-R3 milk to the early dough stage, he said.

“Many sunny, 85-degree days would be perfect to bring this crop to maturity,” Moser said.

Fungicide applications were completed on his operation in the first full week of August. He’s been working to spot spray waterhemp in his bean fields.

“Seems like a futile job sometimes,” he said.

Moser recorded 0.73 of an inch of rain since his last report. About 0.6 of an inch fell July 28 and 0.13 Friday evening, Aug. 9.

Most farmers in the area were able to get their prevented planting acres seeded before Aug. 1.

The Moser’s new bin is fully erected with the floor to be installed next week. They’ve also installed several thousand feet of drain tile with about 2,500 feet left to go.

“We have sweet corn in the freezer and are still enjoying some later varieties at the table,” he said.

Janelle is editor of the Tri-State Neighbor, covering South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa and northeastern Nebraska. Reach her at jatyeo@tristateneighbor.com or follow on Twitter @JLNeighbor

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Janelle is editor of the Tri-State Neighbor, covering South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa and northeastern Nebraska.