Dave Nanda is out looking in corn fields. He has also looked in the Crop Watch '15 field. In some fields he likes what he sees, and in some fields he doesn't like the scene so much. So far he's fairly positive about what he has observed in the Crop Watch field, but he says there are some things that bear watching.
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Nanda is a consultant for Seed Consultants, Inc. This company sponsors Crop Watch 2015. Farmers in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan can enter a contest to win free seed for next year based upon what they think the Crop Watch field will yield.
In each of these three states the person coming closest to the actual yield will receive eight bags of Seed Consultants seed corn for 2016. Second place will get six bags, and third place will receive four bags.
All you need to do to enter is determine your guess of final dry yield for the field to the nearest tenth of a bushel. Either fill out the form accompanying Crop Watch articles in the magazine, or email your entry to email@example.com.
If you email it, include the same information requested on the form to be eligible – name, phone, cell phone, number of acres of each crop raised and address.
Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 15 or received by 11:59 p.m. EDT by email on Sept. 15. Winners of Crop Watch 2014 are not eligible. One entry will be accepted from each immediate household.
Nanda still sees good potential in the field, despite heavy rains from late June through late July. Rains were well spaced until late June. The field was planted during the first week of May.
Disease is one concern. "I found it on the first leaf below the ear leaf a couple weeks ago," he says. "However, the farmer informed me that it was sprayed a week earlier. So we will see if the fungicide was effective and if it prevents further disease development."
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Another issue will be whether or not the field runs out of nitrogen. "There was some firing on the lowest leaf, but compared to many fields in the area, it was still holding with a good, green color," he explains.