If you've followed crop watch columns here and in print all season, you know the Crop Watch 2015 field got off to a good start, planted the first week of May. Plant spacing wasn't perfect, but it wasn't erratic enough that it should affect yield. Heavy rains didn't come until late June. Until then the field seemed to be in a garden spot for this year.
Crop Watch 9/11: Make your Crop Watch 2015 corn yield guess now
Twelve inches of rain later, it still didn't seem much worse for the wear. However, both hybrids in the field were affected by gray leaf spot. Lesions eventually reached the leaf under the tassel. A fungicide was applied and it appeared that above the ear leaf, the lesions didn't develop much beyond small spots.
Yield checks in one location at various times have put potential yield somewhere between 170 and 210 bushels per acre. Kernel depth and the amount of starch put in during grain fill may impact final yield. An inch or less of rain has fallen on the field in the last five weeks.
That's a fast recap on the conditions of the crop watch field. If you haven't already entered the Yield Guess contest, guess the average yield in dry bushels to the tenth of a bushel, and send in your entry by 11:59 p.m. EDT Sept 15 to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to P.O. Box 247, Franklin, IN 46131.
Your entry must include your full, legible name, address, cell phone number and home number, and number of acres of each crop raised.
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First place in each of three states – Indiana, Michigan and Ohio – receives eight bags of Seed Consultants seed for 2016; second gets six bags and the third closest guess gets four bags. Talk about cutting input costs!
One entry per immediate household is allowed. If you were a winner in the contest in 2014, you're not eligible this year.
Our baskets for entries have plenty of room. Enter now and be ready to plant free seed!