Despite no rainfall and very warm temperatures last week, crops are holding on, but it won't be long before this crop begins to shut down. On some of the lighter soils, corn is withering, and beans are starting to lose canopy. Insect pressure is very significant in places, and a lot of insecticide has been applied. Second alfalfa cuttings are being postponed, and with a subpar first cut, hay is starting to become a valuable commodity. Hate to be the bearer of bad news; wish there were some bright notes to include.
We received some cooling rain Thursday, but not over a wide area. Some places got almost 3 inches while others got none. Fungicide applications are going at a steady pace. Beetle pressure is increasing. Edges of fields are starting to show a lot of defoliation. Some trees bordering fields are getting hit hard as well. Forecasts for the next few weeks do not look promising. Stay cool, stay safe!
I wish I could say that everyone was receiving some of the rainfall that has passed through the area, but it is still very much hit-and-miss. A few of the systems have also brought some wind, and while it has not snapped off the corn, it has definitely put a hurt on some fields. Tassels are showing, but progress is very uneven with the early and late plantings. Japanese beetles are in the area, and can be so thick you can see them while driving, ranging to nothing within a half mile of each other.
Just when we thought we were never to get another drop of rain, the heavens opened last week. While I would like to report that it was an area-wide soaking, some places only received a little less than a half-inch while others got almost 2 inches. Tassels are starting to poke out in the early fields, so temperatures and rainfall will be critical the next few weeks. The bottom line is that the damage has been done to the top end. Many folks are saying the top 20 percent is gone. Still plenty of potential, but bins will not bust this fall.