Drier weather this past week has been very beneficial to corn and soybean development and growth. Early-planted corn began pollinating late last week under ideal temperatures. Soybeans have been benefiting from the week of sunshine and are start to grow at a normal pace.

Pest watch has been very quiet, which is unusual. Japanese beetles have been hard to find, and I hope that they won’t be found and maybe we are lucky enough that they have migrated out of the area for good.

This past week’s activities in the area has been soybean spraying and mowing. I had the opportunity to travel this past week to the Conservation Technology Information Center tour that was held in the Indian Creek Watershed in Livingston County. On the tour, they showed how producers in the watershed were using practices to improve water quality and keep nutrients for the crop by using cover crops and working with new drainage tile technology.