Straight-from-the-Field Reports

September 13, 2009 07:00 PM

Sara Schafer, AgWeb Crops Online Editor
As the days slip away and the combines stay in the shed, many farmers are warily watching the calendar. How many more weeks until frost takes its toll? "As the old saying goes; ‘it's not over til it's over'” says a farmer from west-central Ohio.
What farmers thought was a good-looking field, hasn't always proved correct. "The outside rows of fields look good, but the inside rows' ears are half the size,” says a farmer from Williams County, Ohio.
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The story is the same for some soybean fields. "Soybeans look OK until you raise the leaves and see the hundreds of aphids under each leaf,” says a Fayette County, Ill. farmer. "We have never ever had to spray beans for bugs that I can remember in the last 50 years.”
Speaking of pests, several farmers have reported their fair share of pesky bugs and cumbersome diseases.
"Corn looks good, though leaf diseases are really running wild,” says a farmer from Illinois' St. Clair and Madison counties. "Between grey leaf spot and southern rust those race horse hybrids are taking a toll.”
In Colorado, a farmer reports, millions of grasshoppers have been feeding on the corn, which is causing concern for other crops. "We are afraid to plant our wheat because we are afraid they will eat the seed,” the farmer says.
A farmer from Mississippi County, Mo. says a lot of bean spraying has been going on in the area. "Armyworms, stinkbugs and grasshoppers have invaded and are mainly targeting the latest beans but are present everywhere,” reports the farmer.

Time is also a big factor for this year's crops. "Crop is at least three weeks behind normal,” says a farmer from Cavalier County, N.D. "We've had a good week of nice weather finally but we need it to stick around for at least another month without a frost otherwise the soybeans and pinto beans will be in trouble.”
In Sibley County, Minn., the story is the same. "Crops have a long way to go,” the farmer says.
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