Monthly Archives: August 2014

Soybeans are Struggling
Aug18

Soybeans are Struggling

The cool wet weather is having a negative effect on the soybeans.  In the last week we have seen disease levels increase across bean fields in a way that hasn’t been seen in years.  Sudden Death Syndrome, Brown Stem Rot, and White Mold levels are all rapidly increasing.  There are no post treatments that have a significant impact on any of the three diseases.  The early group 3.4 beans started showing symptoms last Tuesday and now the later 3.9 maturity beans are infected as well.  All we can hope for now is some DRY hot weather to help slow some of these diseases down and minimize their impact.  On the corn front things are looking great, looks like a we could be in for some record yields!

Harvest Quickly Approaching
Aug04

Harvest Quickly Approaching

The summer has flown by and, depending on temperatures, harvest will begin in the next 6 weeks.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather during this critical time during the growing season.  Cool temperatures, plenty of moisture, and sunshine have boosted our corn yield estimates above average.  Yield estimates have ranged from 180 bu/ac to 240 bu/ac depending on the farm and hybrid.  Bean yields are yet to be determined but they too are looking good.  The weather shows no sign of turning as there is rain in the forecast for 4 days this week.  Typically, timely August rains boost bean yields so lets keep our fingers crossed.  In the near term we hope to finish mowing roads and start preparing the harvest equipment.