Monthly Archives: June 2017

Save the Date and Crop Report
Jun29

Save the Date and Crop Report

We have finally received a little bit of rain but are still behind on moisture.  Since the last update we’ve had two rains totaling 1.5”.  That along with the cooler temperatures has provided some relief to both the corn and the beans. The corn crop is progressing well but still seems slightly behind where one would expect it to be considering the planting dates.  The cool weather we had early really slowed it up.  Our first planted corn is 6 leaves from flowering and we expect to see tassels out in 14-16 days.  I dissected several plants in the early planted corn to evaluate what the dry conditions did to yield potential.  The ears are just getting enough size to them, about half the diameter of a pencil eraser, and with the help of a magnifying glass you can count kernels around.  Ears seem to have definitely given up yield potential in diameter, as many were only 14 kernels around.  Hopefully we will get some better weather and we will make up for some of these losses in ear length and test weight. We finished spraying all but the replant soybeans this week.  They look good, but like the corn, […]

Crop Progressing Well
Jun12

Crop Progressing Well

We’ve been busy and a lot has changed since our last update.  All the corn was planted in April except for a variety plot we put in on May 16th, shortly after our last update.  While most of our corn crop struggled coming up it now looks like we are looking at an average to above average crop!  We replanted less than 10 acres of corn, which is amazing considering the cool wet weather we had during emergence.   We finished up the post herbicide application on the corn last Saturday and have been busy side-dressing nitrogen since then.  As of today we have only 100 acres left and the sidedressing will be completed as well.  Soil nitrate sample were collected and analyzed on all corn fields as in the past.  Due to lower than expected nitrate levels and due to the great potential of the crop, in most fields we applied 30-60 pounds more nitrogen than originally planned. The corn could use a rain but all in all the crop at this point looks as good or better than last year! We started planting beans early this year, April 21st, and finished May 27th.  Those beans we planted the […]