Wow!! We have gone from one of the coldest Aprils on record to corn shooting tassels by Father’s Day. On a trip a few miles south, several large fields of sweet corn were in full pollination. The heat hasn't let off, and with the spotty showers, several fields are showing some stress. Overall, crops are holding up. Most secondary applications of soybean herbicides are down and a soaking rain would really help the residual. Looks like another wild ride for producers as weather and trade try to figure everything out.
A week of slightly cooler but drier weather has kept this crop rolling along. Corn is almost on cruise control as it is getting past the point of help. A lot of second applications of herbicides are being applied to soybeans, which will hopefully finish up their needs for a while. Wheat is now turning rapidly, and it looks like an early harvest this year. It looks like we are well on our way for this year’s crops.
This year, the adage "knee high by the Fourth of July" seems stranger than usual. Corn is approaching waist high with the window for fertilizer and chemical application quickly closing. Many soybeans are being targeted for their second round of spraying with rows narrowing every day, but so far the first-pass applications seem to be holding well. Periodic rains and warm temperatures have really been moving these crops along quickly. Looks like the second stage of the season is coming to an end and soon the crop will be out of our hands. With spotty rains, it is hard to get a read on drought conditions, but some are around.
Another wet, warm week of weather has really greened things up. Sprayers are in demand as the optimum window to get over the corn and soybeans is closing quickly. A few fields have yet to be planted, but periodic rains are making it difficult to finish up. Early ideas on the peach crop vary greatly by variety with size and quantity both being questioned. After a cold April start, it looks like May is just what the doctor ordered.