We have not been receiving significant rains in northwest Ohio. We are very dry and are in great need of rain. Hopefully this week we will get some. When you look at crop development most of our corn is in the R3 to R4 stage or almost ready to dent. The replant corn is of the greatest concern because the corn that was planted in early June is still pollinating. With the combination of heat and dry weather, the prospect for a normal crop on those acres is diminishing each day.
So far in the month of August, we have only received a quarter inch of rain. Even though that is still better than nothing, we are getting dry very quickly.
In regards to the soybeans, they continue to develop and progress but we have the same concerns as we do with the corn. The late replanted soybeans are shorter in stature and they also need rain to develop and mature. I believe we still have enough time in August and September for those acres to be very productive, but unless we get rain, the yield of those acres will be reduced.
When you look at the potential for soybeans to retain and fill pods, we will be very dependent on rains in the next two weeks for normal crop development. For the year, our soybeans are weed free and leaf diseases are minimal. We treated most of our acres with foliar fertilizer, fungicide and insecticide. We also treated a majority of our corn acres with fungicides. We always want to be proactive in addressing those potential problems.
As far as insects in the soybean crop, Japanese beetles were the predominate insect we were dealing with several weeks ago. Since we applied insecticide we really don’t have any insect issues now. I have not seen any aphids in the soybeans. Spider mites not will become an issue unless it continues to get drier. For the most part, the insects are controlled, the soybean pods are not being aborted, and we’re basically just waiting for rain.
I believe the early-planted crops will have exceptional yield potential. I hope to have normal yields from the crops planted in May. The verdict is still out for our crops re-planted in June. At the end of the season I hope we can achieve an average crop. Only time will tell.