This week, we experienced the full gambit of weather. The beginning of the week brought enough heat to "singe" a lot of the crops on lighter soil, followed by a nice rain of more than 1 inch, but it also brought some strong winds that made most of the fields lean one way or the other. The payout of the rain was worth the wind, as many of the fields were taking a beating with the hot temperatures. A lot of the elevators in the area stayed open last weekend for wheat, and it looks like harvest is definitely under way. Looks like it is going to be an interesting summer.
We had a good week of playing catch-up last week. Between replanting, respraying, and generally rethinking the planting season, we spent most of last week looking back. There are plenty of issues to consider, but the window for improvement is definitely closing fast, leaving us to live with the results. A lot of corn is getting its second round of herbicide, along with many soybeans getting their first. The crop is starting to progress, and with the new height, many fields are starting to cover the problems. With the current forecast, we should have time to get caught up and start to look at later fertilizer and fungicide applications. Looks like things are starting to heat up.
No report this week.
To replant or not to replant, that is the question. Economics aside, it comes down to how much you can live with. Corn stands are below average, but the calendar says we are running out of time to fix it, with some corn getting too large to spot plant into. Soybeans have been looking pretty stale, but a little sunshine with some warmer weather could sure make many acres of these easier to gain an opinion on. Looks like this crop isn't quite over the hump yet.