The growing season continues to amaze me and my fellow area
farmers. Just as we were starting to get a little dry with yards showing some
stress, we got about 2 inches of rain for the week. The corn potential is fairly
well set as long as it doesn’t get blown down or ripped to shreds by wind or
If there has been a concern, it would have to be the number
of relatively cool temperatures, especially at night. The one thing aside from
the rainfall that I believe has been very beneficial this year is the quality of
sunlight. We have had a majority of the days with excellent sunlight. In past
years, we had concerns about not having enough quality sunlight, which may have
had a slight effect on the top-end final yield.
Judging the potential of the soybeans is a tougher call. As
I said last week, they have made a tremendous surge in setting of pods and are
just looking great. I have not noticed any insect or disease pressure — we did
spray all our soybeans with fungicide. Just as in corn, I have the same
environmental and weather concerns the rest of the season for the soybeans.
This should be an interesting week coming up as I was chosen
to participate in Leadership at Its Best (Leadership Academy I) in Greensboro,
N.C. This is co-sponsored by Syngenta and National Corn Growers Association.
There will be 16 corn growers from across the U.S. I felt honored to be invited
to participate. I am hoping that they are able to teach old dogs new tricks.
Have a safe and rewarding week.