We left for family vacation on Friday. I’ve got a sore neck
from having it turned sideways for 1,100 miles. Now, we are in Colorado,
enjoying the great Rocky Mountains. Along the way, we saw some good-looking
fields with a lot of problem acres. Drowned-out spots and yellow corn were very
common in Illinois and Iowa. Iowa also had bare spots or poor plant stands on
the side hills. It was that way across the entire state. Eastern Nebraska looked
OK, but lots of irrigators were running west of Grand Island.
Back home, we are still very wet. As of June 28, I have
recorded 8.05 inches of rainfall for the month. Hopefully, July rains come
because I have seen wet Junes turn dry in July. This was the case in 1975 and
Some of the early-planted soybeans are in the R1 stage. When
they get to R3 in a few weeks, we will start spraying a fungicide and
insecticide, along with another shot of liquid manganese. I feel most, if not
all, soybeans need manganese to reach a high yield level. Remember, rain doesn’t
always make grain — it’s all about timing.