We have had too much rain in our area and it is affecting the crop. The heavy rains have really taken a toll on the replanted soybeans in our area. There are many fields of soybeans turning yellow with the saturated soil conditions. It is impossible spray our remaining soybeans because of the ground conditions. It is very important for us to get in as soon as possible to finish our post- spraying for weeds. In August, we’ll be back again to spray insecticides and fungicides.
Western bean cutworm eggs are being discovered on corn plants in the area along with European corn borer larvae and eggs on the non-GMO corn. In addition to that, Japanese beetles are becoming more prominent as well. Crop scouting is more important this year than ever.
Some agronomists are already finding rust in corn. We are going to monitor and frequently scout our fields to decide when to apply insecticide and fungicide to this crop. At this time, our April planted corn is getting ready to shoot the tassel out. We’ve had about 1,300 growing degree units since our April corn was planted and regardless of the height or size of that corn, it’s going to shoot the tassel out very soon and hopefully it will pollinate. The replant corn continues to struggle because of the late planting date and the wet growing conditions.
We have more than enough moisture at this time. In my farming career there have only been a few years when I could honestly say in July that I wish it would stop raining. It is very unusual to have this volume of rain in a concentrated time frame. A few farmers in the area still have wheat to cut. I have not seen any double-crop soybeans going in because of the wet weather. There is more heavy rain in the forecast for this week.
We have 300 acres of Xtend soybeans for seed production and we have not had any issues with off-target movement or volatilization of the post- spraying product used. The beans are exceptionally clean and so far we like the program. We are going to continue to monitor it and evaluate it. Like all herbicide programs, they have to be managed and positioned for their intended purpose. It just gives us another mode of action to combat broadleaf weeds.
This past weekend, we traveled down to Hocking Hills and took two different routes because I wanted to see what the crops looked like in the southern and western part of the state. In my opinion northern and especially northwest Ohio are in much tougher shape than the rest of the state. I was impressed with the corn in southern Ohio. The beans in the central part of the state looked good to me. I was a little envious when I got home. There are good crops in the state of Ohio and the crop overall may not be as bad as people believe.