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Dan Uetrecht, Aug. 6

Last Tuesday we had 2.5 inches of rain. I think the corn and the beans look tremendous. We planted 40 acres for the Conservation Stewardship Program— crimson clover, radishes and barley — and those are coming up and things are looking really good. A couple weeks before that we had a 2-inch rain and then we got this 2.5 inches. It is not set until it is in the bin, but we are about as good as we could want to be right now.

The rain helped get that cover crop going and having this much growing season before winter should leave the soil in great shape. We are looking at cutting third cutting hay when we get a good forecast and we are going to seed some hay fields here today.

We probably have a little more disease pressure than in the past with the moisture and humidity we’ve had. I did not spray fungicide on the corn. Gray leaf spot was there when I was deciding to spray or not and I have seen a little northern corn leaf blight too. I have been concerned about the heat and the pollination, but with everything we’ve looked at, pollination has been really good. We have very little tip back and I am hoping the corn is far enough along that, other than maybe some stalk issues, these diseases won’t affect the corn yield too much.

These beans are starting to pod really heavy at the top. Whenever I have had really bumper bean crops, you see a lot of beans up top and that is what we are seeing this year. I have been seeing some frogeye in the beans but we addressed that by hitting better than half our beans with fungicide. We need at least another rain to finish off the beans but they look awesome right now. The double-crops have the potential to be some of the better double-crops we’ve had too.

I’ve always said I’d rather have a big crop and worry about how to get it priced than to have good prices and a short crop. I have a good bit forward contracted and we are going to store what we don’t and hold on. Hopefully we’ll have that big crop and then we’ll have to figure out how to get it priced right. Right now, prices are not good.

The rain helped get that cover crop going and having this much growing season before winter should leave the soil in great shape. We are looking at cutting third cutting hay when we get a good forecast and we are going to seed some hay fields here today.

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