Pests and diseases sometimes develop in patterns, and sometimes not. To get a sampling of what is happening in the Midwest, Michigan Farmer, Indiana Prairie Farmer and Ohio Farmer editors have teamed up and lured in, or more accurately roped in, a couple of observers in key parts of their states to report every two weeks on what's happening in their fields. Click on the map to see where each reporter is commenting from.
Reporting From Indiana
Bill Pickart: We continue to get rain every few days. For the most part the crop looks excellent in this area. A few poorly-drained areas are stunted and yellow, but there aren't many spots where the crop was totally drowned out. Much of the corn was shoulder high to head high at the first of this week with the earliest plantings starting to tassel.
Even rowed beans have the rows shaded. A few more guys reverted to 30-inch rows to save on seed costs, although we still have a lot of narrow-row soybeans. Last year wide-row beans never closed the canopy!
I haven't heard of any specific disease problems, but there will probably be a lot of fungicides applied with this warm, humid weather and so much riding on this crop. More wheat has been harvested but it has been a struggle between rains. The bottom line is most people seem happy with the way crops look, and everyone is talking about what a difference it is from last year!
Jim Facemire: Most areas have plenty of moisture. What a difference from a year ago! In fact we've had rain so often that it's been difficult to find a time to finish spraying soybeans. Since I have a pull-behind sprayer and a normal tractor, I'm running over bigger soybeans than I like. It may be time to move up to a self-propelled sprayer.
Some corn fields on wetter soils that were borderline on getting enough nitrogen in the first place are showing yellow spots in lower, wetter parts of the field. Some rescue treatments are going on with various products to correct that problem.
Wheat harvest started, then was interrupted by rain. Test weight has really dropped on those guys finishing up now. Yields have been good, though, for the most part.
Overall, crops look good for this point in the season. Since they were planted on the late side, we've just got a long way to go.
Reporting From Ohio
Luke VanTilburg: We continue to be blessed with near Goldilocks weather. Corn has started to tassel. We have been scouting for, but have not been seeing disease issues. Soybeans that did not have manganese applied are showing yellowing from too much water, which has led to too little manganese uptake. Fields that had manganese applied during post spraying continue to look great. The only down fall of the weather is the wheat and alfalfa farmers can't catch a break. Maybe 15% of wheat has been harvested to date. Have yet to see any sprouting, but test weight is beginning to take a hit.
Dan Corcoran: I just got off the phone trying to line up an aerial application group to start spraying fungicide on corn. We started tasseling last week and will be ready to make application next week. Isn't Mother Nature unpredictable -- last year at this time we were literally burning up. Weeks of dry weather and high heat forced our decision to spray no fungicide for lack of upside potential.
My herbicide spray update is: All but 150 acres of beans are done and currently look good for now, but the resistant weeds have only been stunted and will rear their heads again. Overall happy with the how crops look. Amazing how rain can cover up some of my errors earlier this spring.
Hay is a topic we talk about and are unable to do anything about. It looks like this week will have the same result. No hay, but still good for crops.
We are trying to finish prepping our feedlot for the July day when we bring our calves in to begin operating our beef enterprise. We will keep busy between the rains. Ain't farming grand. Be Safe.
Reporting From Michigan
Janna Fritz: Growing, growing, growing! Things are really growing now! Corn is over my shoulders in many places. There are no signs of insect damage in corn. I have heard reports of aphids in the Ruth area although we have not seen any in Pigeon. There is, in places, reports of extensive stem and leaf damage. Dry edible beans look good where they were not drowned out by the rain. Bad Axe has received approximately 8 inches of rain since Saturday as opposed to Pigeon, which has only received 0.2 inches. Soybeans are blossoming. They will need another herbicide application and we have seen some glyphosate resistant marestail. Wheat has been slow to ripen but harvest is on its way shortly.
Richard P. Dobbins: Since we last talked, we have some good news. We received around 2.5" of rain.
The corn and soybeans on our farm and in our area are all looking really good. I just started noticing some tassels shooting out of some corn in a neighbor's field. We currently do not have any corn shooting a tassel but I suspect it's only a few days away.
We are putting nitrogen and just starting to put fungicides on corn through our pivots.
So far, insect pressure and weed pressure are very low in both corn and soybeans. Although, some scouts found some corn borer pressure in our seed corn. We are going to be spraying for corn borer in 2 lots of our seed corn today, July 10. Other than that, our seed corn seems to be doing very well. We are patiently waiting the outcome of our seed corn since we are first year growers.At this time, there has not been any wheat harvested in our area. I would suspect it's coming soon.
Related Field Watch Articles
Friday Field Walk: Spraying Is In Full Swing - (June 28)
Friday Field Walk: Crops Are In; Let The Spraying Begin - (June 14)
Friday Field Walk: Conditions Are Spotty - (May 31)
Friday Field Walk: Corn Planting About Done; Beans Underway - (May 17)
Friday Field Walk: Preparing For Planting Dash - (May 3)
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