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: Most of the guys in this area are very happy with their crops. Everything is growing fast, and the corn is tall and dark green. We get rain every few days with sun and heat in between those rains. There has been a lot of spraying done. There are just a few small drowned-out ponds in a few fields, but crops on higher, lighter soils look great.
The biggest comment in this area is how different it is from 2012! The wheat is starting to turn here, and harvest has started in southern Indiana. The wheat here looks good.
The heat and humidity will make fungicide applications on crops something to consider. Areas that had manure applications this spring are really looking good at this point. It's nice to see smiles on farmers' faces compared to a year ago.
Jim Facemire: We worked hard at wrapping up nitrogen sidedressing applications and spraying on corn the week starting June 17. We are still spraying soybeans, but they were planted later. The rains have been spotty, with a few areas not getting what they think they need, but we got two to three inches on a lot of our drought-prone soils within the past week. We haven't even thought about irrigating yet. By this time last year we had already irrigated several times. We shouldn't have to irrigate now before early July, even on seed corn, even if we don't get any more rain. It would be great not to irrigate all season long.
Overall, crops look good considering they were planted a bit later than normal. Fields are green and most people seem happy at this point with crop prospects, except for farmers in a couple of counties in southeastern Indiana where rains kept pushing back planting and their crops went in very late. Some took prevented planting on corn, but it was a relatively small area that was affected.
Reporting From Ohio
Luke VanTilburg: Crops continue to look good in our area. Most corn is knee to shoulder high with rows pretty well closed. Some beans are starting to canopy too. Post bean spraying is in full swing. In the past five days, the wheat has really begun to change color. We are starting to become dry in our area. Sub-soil moisture is still adequate, but we could use a couple inches of rain.
Dan Corcoran: As I sit in my dining room looking to the west I see dark rain clouds filling the sky, lightning and thunder off in the distance. Will it rain? And how much? We have seen this pattern often -- you look at radar and it looks like it should be raining, but the results seem to fall short or just disappear. Oh well, sounds like the weather… unpredictable.
Wheat harvest has begun in southern Ohio. My neighbors started two days ago. They say quality looks good and it seems to pile in the trucks. No yield results yet.
Spraying is still hectic. Resistant weeds seem to be more of a challenge this year. I think timing, rates, and chemistry will combine to give me fits this year. We will definitely evaluate for next spring.
We did finally finish the first cutting of hay and looking to find a window to start second cutting. So far we have not seen leafhopper damage, but that can change fast.
Better go -- looks like this storm was just for looks. Be safe!
Reporting From Michigan
Janna Fritz: Corn continues to grow and is now between V6-V7 in our area. Some fields are further ahead than others, obviously, but we hope to be waist high by the Fourth of July. Soybeans are also coming along if the fields didn't have to be replanted due to those sometimes significant rain events. Dry beans have come up and seem to be doing okay. Wheat continues to look decent. We continue to work on field applications of nitrogen and herbicides. So far there have not been any bug issues. Recent high temperatures have really helped growth on all crops.
Richard P. Dobbins: Since our last report, we are pretty optimistic about our crops. We have received 1.75" to 2.25" rain along with much warmer temperatures.
Crop maintenance in our area, like side dressing and spraying herbicides, seem to be finished.
We have applied our first application of fungicides on our irrigated acres.
The health of the corn and the soybeans seem to be reasonably high. I did hear of a report of aphids in our area in soybeans, but have not found any in our fields. Except for the aphids, insect pressure seems to be reasonably low in our crops.
The wheat fields in our area seem to be progressing reasonably fast and harvest for them is just around the corner.
At this time, we are preparing to put nitrogen on through our pivots and maintenance on our equipment.
Everybody have a good 4th of July.
Related Field Watch Articles
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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