“We are seeing fields that are about five to 10 days from reaching black layer,” Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie says of the central Illinois corn crop in this week’s podcast.
What does that mean to you? For one thing, be aware that stalk rots are moving into many fields. In some, 10% of the corn in his area doesn’t pass the “push test.” Now’s the time to be checking corn and preparing for harvest.
In soybeans, Ferrie is seeing a late push of spider mites. Soybeans that he is concerned about are in the V5 to V6 stages of growth. Soybeans beyond V6 won’t be impacted as much. “Be sure to not let spider mites catch you off guard in those later-maturing beans,” he advises.