Pests and diseases sometimes develop in patterns, and sometimes not. To get a sampling of what is happening in the Midwest, Michigan Farmer, Indiana Prairie Farmer and Ohio Farmer editors have teamed up and lured in, or more accurately roped in, a couple of observers in key parts of their states to report every two weeks on what's happening in their fields. Click on the map to see where each reporter is commenting from.
Reporting From Indiana
Bill Pickart: We continue to get rain here every few days. The crops look excellent. The corn is tall and pollinating well. The soybeans are lush and tall and even double-crop beans planted here are off to a great start. We are on the northern edge for double-crop soybeans.
Another indicator is that the lawn needs mowing every few days and roadsides are lush and green- not usually the case this late in the summer. There is some concern that cool, cloudy weather will make harvest a little later. This is especially true where crops were planted a little late. However, the bottom line is that we have potential for very good crops in this area.
Jim Facemire: We farm quite a bit of land underlain with gravel. There is considerable acreage in a three-county area of this soil. We have had several rains in the last month, but they have mostly been relatively light. One more good rain would probably take the corn a long ways toward finishing the year.
We raise lots of seed corn and beans, and we're irrigating those crops now. Lots of center pivots are running in this area this week. We're hoping to get meaningful rain soon. If not we could wind up short on moisture on non-irrigated fields. Other areas that have received more rain or that have soils that hold more water can probably hold out longer. The rain amounts have been very spotty.
Reporting From Ohio
Luke VanTilburg: Not much new to report. Corn and soybean crops look good. Rain continues to be crucial. It was just starting to dry out some and then we received 0.75-1" of rain in our area last weekend. Things continue to look very promising.
Dan Corcoran: Last report we had fungicide being applied on all corn and for good reason the disease pressure is very high. I hope we applied early enough in some areas. I turned on pivots the 1st and 2nd of the month, and have not had any reason to turn off. We are once again in the miss the rain cycle.
Our crops look good but are starting to show the stress of no rain. Our soils don't have the moisture holding capacity, and need rain soon to help finish out a potential high yield scenario. The cooler temps have helped, but that doesn't replace a good rain. In the river bottoms we can lose yield fast in dry cycles. My concern with this corn crop is also stalk rot. Can this dry stress corn hold up to the ever present anthracnose pressure? We think we will be able to see which hybrids can produce what they claim on disease protection.
Soybeans also look good and are putting on good number of pods , but once again rain is needed to produce beans to harvest. Big foliage does not translate to high yields without rain from now to harvest. We are spraying for foliar disease as detected.
I did have an opportunity to travel to Findlay, this week and they have a whole different set of challenges, too much rain. Right now I think my crop looks better, but the next few weeks will decide both of our outcomes for yield.
We keep chugging along on hay, having secured a few extra acres of old pasture for hay will help this winter. Cattle are doing well on the feed lot and look good, the cool temps have helped considerably.
Reporting From Michigan
Janna Fritz: Corn is through pollination and looks awesome! We continue to have nice, periodic rains. It would be better if we had a few more heat units though. Soybeans and dry beans are flowering and setting pods. We pray that the favorable white mold conditions do not develop into infections. Things are progressing well overall.
Richard P. Dobbins: In the middle of the week we got a nice rain in southcentral Michigan.
The corn is now somewhere between 50% and 100% pollinated, depending on the planting dates.
This rain and future rains that we hopefully get will help out during the grain fill period and help us out with volume and test weight.
The soybeans are podding up nice and hopefully will continue to flower and add more pods.
It's hard to find anything to complain about other than the need for more heat units and maybe the threat of an early frost.
Related Field Watch Articles
Friday Field Walk: What A Change A Year Can Make - (July 28)
Friday Field Walk: Growers Happy With Crop Progress Thus Far - (July 112)
Friday Field Walk: Spraying Is In Full Swing - (June 28)
Friday Field Walk: Crops Are In; Let The Spraying Begin - (June 14)
Friday Field Walk: Conditions Are Spotty - (May 31)
Friday Field Walk: Corn Planting About Done; Beans Underway - (May 17)
Friday Field Walk: Preparing For Planting Dash - (May 3)
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