Billy Pontius-August 27, 2012

“There is good corn and there is bad corn. Pollination is not really good, but it is better than I thought it would be. We are going to have small ears, which is a given, but the ears are pretty well pollinated. It will be tough to judge yields until we actually get out in it.

“I checked the moisture this morning. It was at 25% or 26% moisture, so I would say in 10 days or so we’ll start shelling some to see what it really is. I am a little concerned about ears dropping and falling off the stalks. The plants gave everything to the ear and I am hoping we don’t get a hurricane wind blowing on this stuff out here and bringing a bunch of moisture while we’re trying to harvest.

“We had some rains that helped the beans. I am really impressed with how the beans filled out, even the earlier beans. Some of the later beans still have a ways to go and I think those rains really helped them. I think the bean yields are going to be OK. I think those late rains added 10 or 15 bushels to our late beans. I would say we’re two weeks from cutting any beans. We’ll shell corn before then. I don’t have any really early maturing beans.

“I am really kind of surprised that we haven’t seen any earworm in the corn or disease problems. I did see a little frogeye in some of the low areas of the beans. It was not bad, but there is a little out there. We’ll just have to wait and see what is out there when we harvest.”

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