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Rain Continues to Foil Sidedressing Plans

Rain has been overly abundant in Northern Indiana this season, keeping our plans in a constant jumble.

Precipitation continued to fall Tuesday in Northern Indiana. Areas farther to the north, where rain has been overly abundant for nearly 2 months now, continue to receive the heaviest amounts.

I was headed that direction Monday morning to get some sidedressing done before the rain began, but wouldn't you know halfway there that plan was spoiled when rainwater from a pop-up storm was running out of the fields and onto roadways!

I came home to do some spraying only to have that foiled a couple hours later. We will see how long one-hour rainfast products need to actually work. I'm hoping fifteen minutes is sufficient!

At this point, we have pretty much resigned to spraying the rest of the corn with drops when it dries out enough. We will also top-dress nitrogen into the corn canopy.

Fortunately, the corn we have in southern St. Joe County was also the last we planted. It is about knee high. All the corn has grown quickly the last week. Corn at home is now hip high, quickly closing in on chest high.

The best decision we made in our non-GMO soybean herbicide program was to add a half rate of metrizbin (sencor) to the pre-emerge application. The main reason I added it to the mix is its potency against some of the herbicide tolerant weeds being found in nearby counties.

As a bonus, I feel it has held up really well considering the continued moisture. We have had at least a couple extra weeks to get the in crop application made. That being said, another week or so we may have to change chemistries or reduce rates due to carryover concerns going into next year's corn crop.

Related: Views of the Corn Crop Differ

About the only thing we can do right now is haul grain. We are at the point where we need to sweep many of the bins. I prefer to keep caught up on this task, but with a lot of corn going out in May and June we were not able to do that as well as focus on planting. When one bin ran low, we went to the next one. We plan to have all the corn hauled by the end of July.

We have encountered some 'silk cuts' in some corn kernels, which caused some damage. It doesn't seem to be getting worse, but there is no point in continuing the risk. We will haul it out. This year was the first time we saw silk cuts; apparently it is caused by environmental factors, possibly quick grain fill.

I hope everyone is keeping their head above water!

The opinions of Kyle Stackhouse are not necessarily those of Farm Futures or the Penton Farm Progress Group.

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