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Here's a sampling of what some folks are saying:
6/30 - Webster County, Iowa:Corn field in Webster County, Iowa, on June 30, 2009. Corn is growing like crazy and looks great!
-- Webster County, Iowa
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6/30 - Lebanon, Pennsylvania: Barley harvest is underway and as expected is suffering from low test weights. I am sure this will vary depending on stands that were treated for disease, varietal resistance and weather factors. Reported test weights range from a low of 31 up to 41 locally in the Lebanon area.
The major concern right now is scab. Extension Specialists to our south are reporting high levels of scab and in my plots I am finding the same incidence however highly variable. In some plots the average head samples revealed about an 8-15% level of infection in fields that received a late application of fungicide while some plots were as high as 40% infection that did not receive a fungicide application. Yield losses as high as 60% may occur in severely affected fields. Some reports from the south also validate the use of fungicides with a 70% suppression rate of head scab in plots. I also can find limited scab infection in my test plots that were fungicide treated late. Many growers had the products to protect however due to excessive rains could not get the treatments on and thus scab infection occurred and are visible now.
-- Lebanon, Pennsylvania
6/26 - West Central Kansas: Wheat ripening and sunflowers planted two weeks ago. Almost 100 degrees everyday. So far, so good.
-- West Central Kansas
6/24 - Northwest Iowa: Cornfield on June 23, 2009. Corn is about 50 inches tall and it isn't even the 4th of July yet.
-- Northwest Iowa
-- Southern Illinois/Southeast Missouri
-- Northwest North Carolina
-- Grant County, Wisconsin
6/19 - Nueces County, South Texas: The good, bad and the ugly. All in one picture. The Good: brand new coop grain elevator out in the distance. The grain has big heads. The Bad: not going to fill the elevator, skippy skippy stand. The Ugly: very poor stand, couldn't get the turnrows up. Weeds are growing. Insects have nothing to eat but my crop. Fun year. 10-12 days till harvest. Ya'll be safe and always use your blinker.
-- Nueces County, South Texas
-- Pettis County, Mid-Missouri
Peas are everywhere from blooming to fourth node. Fields are filling in and most spraying is about done. Lentils are big in this area this year and looking pretty good. Folks are just starting to spray for grasses. Garbonzos are 4 to 6 inches tall and about ready to be sprayed for grasses. We only had to spray 10% of pea acres for grasses because of the late planting date.
-- Jefferson County, Iowa
-- Photos provided by Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
-- Coles County, East Central Illinois
-- Pam Smith, Farm Journal Seeds & Production Editor
6/1 - Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada: Seeding is basically complete. Some later seeded canola will need a rain before it will germinate. Cereal grains, such as barley and wheat are emerging nicely and there is enough subsoil moisture to keep it going for a while.