We received 2 inches of rain Thursday night in a storm that also brought wind, and from the sound of it a little hail, but upon first appearances in the morning, it did minimal damage. A lot of mowing happened last week. Crops are progressing. Corn is losing green color in the lower leaves and the milk line is about 50 percent. Soybeans are filling pods and sudden death syndrome (SDS) is showing up, but in very low levels compared to past years. The kids are finding lots of cicada shells and that always means back to school time. Mine start first grade and kindergarten this year, and the 2-year-old is going to either be lonely or very happy when that happens!
Gray leaf spot pressure remains high, allowing a good opportunity to judge corn hybrids. While it’s the time of year for sudden death syndrome to start showing up in soybeans, I have seen very little. A couple more August rains will ensure a record soybean crop. Soil moisture remains at an adequate level.