Our dry spell has ended. We received 3.5 inches of rain this week. It rained 2 inches Tuesday and then 1.5 inches Wednesday. The soil went from very dry to saturated. Surface water has returned to many areas that were replanted. Herbicide spraying and sidedress nitrogen applications were brought to a halt. Corn development ranges from the V2 up to V9. At V6, the growing point moves above ground, the corn plant determines the number of rows around the ear, and completes the transition to the nodal root system. Soybeans range from V1 up to V5. Local closing prices for June 15 were nearby corn, $3.56; new-crop corn, $3.60; nearby soybeans, $9.13; new-crop soybeans, $9.03.
Planting and replanting has come to a close. With extreme heat coming, it will be interesting to see how crops handle it. We still have a little bit of soybeans to replant in some small areas. The second herbicide application is taking place in corn. Corn development ranges from the V1 up to the V6 growth stage. Soybeans range from emerged up to the V4 growth stage.
We had a quick, hard rain May 26 amounting to 1.6 inches. I had just completed replanting a couple of ponds, and they were full of water again one and a half hours later. Now, it needs to be rotary hoed. Some farmers started returning to the field Tuesday. Activity in the fields has picked up since then, including planting corn, planting soybeans, replanting corn and soybeans, preparing the seedbed and spraying herbicides. We have spent the last couple of days spiking corn into drowned-out areas and areas with a thin stand of corn plants. Corn development ranges from still being in the bag up to the V5 growth stage. Soybeans range from still being in the bag up to the V3 growth stage. Local closing prices for June 1 were nearby corn, $3.45; new-crop corn, $3.51; nearby soybeans, $8.88; new-crop soybeans, $8.77.
Rain fell in the area again May 19, 20 and 24. I received .7 of an inch combined May 19-20. Then, .5 of an inch fell May 24. I saw a few farmers planting and replanting some crops May 23. The emphasis being on the word few. That was the only day with any field activity all week. A lot of fields still need to be planted and many acres need to be replanted. The stands in many cornfields don't look great. Corn development ranges from being planted, up to the V4 growth stage. Soybeans range from still being in the bag, up to the V1 growth stage for those planted in April. Local closing prices for May 25 were nearby corn, $3.43; new-crop corn, $3.50; nearby soybeans, $9.11; new-crop soybeans, $8.98.