From the Rows - Terry Johnston - Western Tour, Day 2


From the Rows - Terry Johnston - Western Tour Day 2

We headed out this morning from Grand Island, NE under cloudy skies once again and we dodged rain showers across southeast Nebraska on our way to Nebraska City. Our route headed straight south of Grand Island and moved east across the southern tier of counties and then basically straight north to Nebraska City.

So it was another interesting day scouting fields today, the best fields we saw were just south of Grand Island, but as we moved farther south and then east, the crop conditions deteriorated. It was "a tale of two crops" as it were. As a result of the wet conditions this spring the corn was planted late and the moisture kept coming so bean planting was delayed about another month. To date, the beans seemed to have fared better than the corn.

The bean fields that we saw today were pretty good. The plant heath was excellent for the most part, there was very little disease and insect pressure. Local agronomists noted light pressure from Bean leaf beetle and Stem borer pressure as well as SDS. Heavy bacterial leaf blight and Frog eye leaf spot were also noted. We saw very few blooms in most of southeast South Dakota and northeast Nebraska, but because of the later planting date in some of the southeastern part of the state, we saw a more immature bean crop. There were more instances where plants were blooming and the pods were not as full as what we saw yesterday. With recent rains and a normal finish to the growing season, the beans have good potential to finish well.

Corn plant health, on the other hand, was not as good as what we saw yesterday, due the added stress of the later planting dates and cool, wet conditions early in the growing season. We noted disease pressure in many of the fields today. Scouts and local agronomist identified Southern and Common Rust, Northern leaf blight, Gray leaf spot and some Goss's wilt. There were fields where stalk health was also an issue and growers would be well-advised to be aware of that when it comes to prioritizing their fields for harvest this fall. We noted some ear worm damage in a few of the ears we pulled from the fields.

Some fields had tip-back, due lack of nitrogen, cooler conditions and lack of sunlight. Wet and cool conditions after planting also hurt germination, emergence and final stands. The crop is slightly more immature that what we saw yesterday, strangely enough there were still some ears that we pulled that were denting, which is somewhat perplexing given the delayed planting and cooler growing season.

From we saw in southeast Nebraska, overall, they have a potential for a good corn crop and it will finish well if there is time and adequate moisture.

Looking forward to seeing the Iowa crop tomorrow as we head from Nebraska City to Spencer, Iowa!


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