This past week saw cooler-than-normal temps, which were enjoyed
by everyone. The corn crop especially benefited while most of it was finishing
its pollination period. There are some later planted acres that still need to
pollinate, but looking at the weather forecast, these acres should have good
conditions to pollinate also.
I mentioned last week that aerial application of fungicide was starting
to be applied on corn acres, but as it turned out, there has been a dramatic
drop in the number of acres that got applied with fungicide this year. I also
went out and did some early kernel counts and am finding that if we continue to
have favorable weather and get good fill, the yield potential is looking to be
above normal this year.
The soybeans have been enjoying the mild temps also and are looking
good, with the majority of them blooming, except for the double-crop beans.
Bean acres in the areas in the far eastern and southeast part of the county
that were affected by the extremely wet weather at planting still seem to be
struggling to get going with a lot of drowned-out spots and more root
development problems. Double-crop beans seem to have decent stands and are starting
to make rapid progress, with some of the earlier planted acres starting to get
above the wheat stubble.
Even though wheat harvest is long over, many producers are facing
the challenge of trying to move their wheat with the high levels of vomitoxin.
The problem seems to be widespread throughout the whole area, with many growers
considering reducing acres this fall due to the problem they experience with
this year’s wheat crop. Have a great and safe week.