How did it get so dry so quickly? Last week’s blast
furnace-type heat evaporated plenty of water. The 30 mph winds last Friday took
a lot out of the corn crop. We are irrigating nonstop now, trying to keep the
crop alive. I recorded zero inches of rain for the week, leaving the monthly
total at 2 inches. Rain is in the forecast, so let’s see what happens.
I looked at some soybeans the other day, and they were in
the beginning stages of R3. R3 is when there is a three-sixteenth of an inch pod
at any one of the first four nodes at the top of the plant. We will start
spraying our soybean seed production fields this week with more liquid manganese
and an insecticide/fungicide mix. Our seed corn production will also get an
insecticide/fungicide application this week. Detasseling is going fairly smooth
this year, but still is a very stressful job.
I hope to start walking cornfields now that pollination is
in full swing. This activity helps me know the corn hybrids that I’m selling
next year. I walk a lot of research plots, as well, looking for the next “stud”
corn hybrid. Soybean plots will be ready for observation in August when pods are
plentiful. Keep scouting — you never know what you will find.