Crops are continuing to mature at a record pace this year. Pollination finished this week. Overall, it was good. The majority of ears that I grab have at least a few kernels on them that did not pollinate. Gray leaf spot in corn is moving up the plant to near the ear leaf. Soybeans seem to be blooming slower than before. Early fields are at R3. The low and heavily saturated areas in the bean fields continue to struggle. The fields are not nearly as even as they have been in the past years. We have continued to catch small amounts of rain with a half-inch falling quickly Tuesday. Across the county, that amount ranged from a tenth to 1½ inches.
Corn pollination ramped up last week. Japanese beetles seem to be one of the only insects out in the corn and beans right now. They have not been too pressing yet. Airplanes have been out this week starting to spray corn. Gray leaf spot pressure is mounting on the lower corn leaves. Early in the week, Sidney had .25 of an inch of rain. Soybeans are setting pods on the lower nodes.
We received just over a half-inch of rain for the week. Relatively speaking, the corn has handled the excessive rain well. Areas where water stood for extended periods nearly killed the corn and I doubt will produce any ear. Much of the corn started to pollinate right in front of the hot weather that is headed our way. The middle of pollination looks to be during the heat wave. Insect pressure is low, as just a few Japanese beetles have started to clip some silks. The soybean crop continues to struggle with all of the rain. Fields are uneven and show signs of stress from all the rain. Phytophtera continues to show up in some bean varieties. There has been minimal feeding on leaves from Japanese beetles. The ground is still wet, so one would expect disease pressure to start showing up in the coming weeks.
Crops are continuing to progress quickly! Early corn is about 6 feet tall and only three to four leaves away from tasseling. Soybeans are just over knee-high as they are currently in full bloom. The week of June 11-17, Sidney had nearly 6 inches of rain, and last week we received 1.75 inches. Some of the ponds have completely drowned out, but there has yet to be a chance to spot them in. We are now suffering from phytophthora in many soybean fields. Damage is mostly in the lower areas, but in other cases, the disease is throughout the field. Wheat harvest has not started yet, even though it has hit maturity. Storms have knocked down much of the wheat and pushed back harvest. A short spurt of drier weather would certainly be welcomed.