2015 Crop Tour - Day 4 observations - Terry Johnston
We headed out from Spencer, Iowa, this morning with the sun coming up… two days in a row! It was 46 degrees and we thought it was chilly yesterday morning! It was a beautiful day to collect samples on the crop tour… a great way to wrap up the week.
Our route took us north of Spencer to Minnesota and then when headed east along the border. We made our way across the bottom tier of counties and took samples until we were basically south of Rochester. We made a stop in Grand Meadow where Chip did his Market Rally Radio program and then we made a beeline to the hotel to get ready for the final meeting of the Crop Tour.
With the rains that fell this week, it made the fourth day of having mud on our boots. Walking in to the fields we could see that the rain was needed there were cracks in the ground. It was good timing, the rain was needed, crops were showing drought stress, especially in the lighter soils. Talking with a local agronomist he indicated that It been had dry in the south central part of the state since the latter part of July/first part of August until this week.
The beans fields we saw today on our route were generally pretty good. As I mentioned, the areas with lighter soils showed some drought stress, the balance looked healthy. We didn't see much for disease pressure in the beans although local agronomists that we spoke with they had seen instances where SDS was beginning to show up in some fields. We some aphid pressure in a few of the fields we were in. We didn't see many blooms on plants and the pods were filling nicely. The fields were consistently clean and with a few exceptions had very little weed pressure.
The corn fields were as healthy as I've seen this week. We saw some nitrogen loss in the fields that could be from rains earlier in the season or growers holding back on nitrogen application due to the added cost and lower prices, there was some tipback in those fields as a result. We saw some light leaf and stalk disease. There was some aphids in the fields, but we saw little insect pressure beyond that. The populations in most of the fields were consistently good. The maturity of the crop is right in line with where is should be at this point in the growing season.
Similar to the majority of the crop we saw on the western leg of the Tour, a normal finish to the growing season gives the Minnesota crop good potential for strong finish.
We had a great tour, Thanks to all of the hard-working scouts and the crop tour support team for a great week!