Well, another week has come and gone.  Not a bad week overall.  Planting percentages have added a couple more points in both corn and soybeans and, grain markets have improved.  It appears that most of the corn is planted.  There are scattered fields of soybeans to get in yet.  Fields need to dry following a rainy weekend.  Area growers reported rainfall totals ranging from .5 to nearly 4 inches.  There were some reports of minimal hail damage.  Nitrogen applications and post herbicide treatments have been made where soils are dry enough for equipment travel.


Corn: We are making progress.  I made several field visits to diagnose "buggy whipping".  However, what actually was taking place is Rapid Growth Syndrome (RGS).  While this phenomenon has shown limited impact on final yields, it does grad your attention when walking fields.  This crop response is caused by quickly warming temperatures as corn starts to take in nutrients through its developing nodal root system.  The plant is rapidly growing taller and the emerging leaves are unable to unroll at the same pace.  This causes plants to roll up tightly and, in some cases, lay over in the field.  These plants will loosen and start to stand upright after a couple days.  I traveled through northern Illinois last week, overall rotated acres look good to very good while corn-on-corn fields (especially those in high residue) continue to struggle.  Warmer temperatures are needed to aid the mineralization process and release nutrition back to the developing crop.

Soybeans: Still a work in progress.  The above picture illustrates water damage and soil crusting due to excess rainfall prior to this weekend. Some growers are planting and, in some areas, replanting.  I have been in fields with growth stages ranging from emergence to V4 and have seen no new issues.  Herbicide applications will need to begin on the more developed fields as soon as field conditions permit.  Grass and broadleaf pressure is keeping pace with soybean development.  The ponding from this weekend's rainfall will likely create more replant needs.b2ap3_thumbnail_Crops-2.png
Hay and Forage: Haying continues to be a challenge with the re-occuring weather pattern.  A good portion of the state has managed to get their first cutting completed last week.  The next 5 to 7 days does not look promising for good drying conditions to justify cutting.  Most of the first cutting will be very mature be the time it gets harvested.  Depending on the variety, alfalfa looks to be in +50% bloom at this time.
Cover Crops:  It's not too early to start putting together a strategy for what products will be the most beneficial for your 2016 crop.  The ProHarvest Seeds Specialists and Dealers are your most experienced resources.  Have them help you put together a plan for a successful cover crop program.
Until next time, 
Sean D. Jordal
ProHarvest Seeds

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