The trend has not been our friend. Dry weather continues in
my area. We survived the bad heat during the Iroquois fair. However, we did not
get that big fair rain that we seem to always get. A few people reported to me
that they received one-tenth to three-tenths, but many said they did not receive
any rain. It has started to get really serious in my area. Thankfully, it looks
to be a little cooler for a while, which will help.
The corn is all in some stage of pollination. The
first-planted corn is at brown silk, but a lot of the corn is still pollinating.
I have started to see planes and ground sprayers out in the cornfields spraying
fungicide. In the scouting that I have done, I have not seen much disease
pressure and very little insects. The very light sandy ground is really getting
burned up. A lot of the corn has firing of the bottom leaves.
The soybeans have not been growing much with the heat and
dry weather. The earlier beans are in the R stages of growth. In some of the
rows that were shaded, you now can see between the rows. It looks to me like we
will have short beans around here this year. We are really in need of a big drink of water here. I talked
with a large number of farmers this last week, and they all are getting very
concerned with the dry conditions.