How are crop conditions in your area? Here’s a rundown of reports from a handful of farmers attending this week’s Corn College.
Tom Sieren, Keswick, Iowa
Crops are looking really good for the year we’ve had. We have a lot of heat stress right now. Our soybeans seem like they’ve been sitting still for the last 10 days.
Brooks Cardinal, Oaktown, Ind.
We’ve got so many different soil types. Our clay is about like here in central Indiana. We’re needing a rain pretty bad; the corn is pollinating. The heat is going to hurt us. Crops on the sand are struggling. We’ve got bottom ground on the Wabash River and have about 300 acres that didn’t get planted. We’ve got a little bit of everything this year, it seems, but I guess we’re all right.
Richard Buntin, Ripley, Tenn.
It’s been a tough season. There was a three-week window when we didn’t plant anything. We were still planting corn when we should have been finished planting cotton. The corn looks pretty good. Soybeans are not much taller than the wheat stubble right now. Cotton looks good if you don’t look too close. We have sprayed for bugs two or three times, normally we only spray once. We really need rain and a late fall.
David Glinz, Jamestown, N.D.
Well, what we’ve got planted looks awesome. We’ve only got about ¾ of our ground seeded, but we’re better off than most people. A lot of people didn’t get in their fields. Had too much rain and a lot of drown outs. The wheat looks awesome, corn may be OK—will depend on the nitrogen and water--but the soybeans are yellow all across the state. Just had too much rain. We’re located 100 miles west of Fargo and 100 miles north of Aberdeen. From our area on west, 70 percent of the area didn’t get planted. More than 6 million acres didn’t get seeded this year.
Josh Fiebiger, Fletcher, Ohio
We’ve been blessed the last few years by being able to plant in April. This year we started off really wet and had constant rain. Now, everything is uneven. The early corn looks good. The late stuff looks good but is going through a lot of heat stress. We’re running out of moisture and the corn has been rolling tight.
Kyle Tom, Leesburg, Ind.
Crops are a little behind schedule. Planting started in May, when we normally start in April. We switched to 20” rows in 2009. Now the stalks are spread out more and not competing as much for water. Heat is impacting our crop and pushing it more than normal.
Dan Schultz, Grainfield Park, Kan.
The crops are stressed from heat and a lack of water. Southwest Kansas is rough. Northeast Kansas is a bit better. Central Kansas is rough. We have sunflowers, milo, corn, beans, anything that will grow. At best, everything looks fair, just fair at this point.
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Soybean College: Aug. 1 to 2., Coldwater, Mich.
With a large focus on in-field diagnostics, let Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer teach you the secrets to soybean production. This event will focus on fundamentals, soybean growth and take-home knowledge of how to raise better beans. World-record soybean yield farmer Kip Cullers will present a special breakout session. Click here to register.
Corn College “Fundamentals”: Aug. 3 to 4, Coldwater, Mich.
The Farm Journal Corn College Fundamentals session provides practical, hands-on training to help corn growers advance their production skills, increase yields and improve their profitability. This session is geared for the first-time Corn College attendee and will provide them with the core knowledge of how to use the Systems Approach on their farm. Click here to register.