Summer has arrived in southeastern Illinois. Highs in the 90s, with heat indexes over 100 have made being outdoors a little uncomfortable. We are beginning to get dry again. It's not hard to spot lighter soils in bean fields. Late corn is showing stress, and light soils and heavily compacted areas are looking the worst.
We have been receiving small showers that have been enough to keep us going. We won't have an abundance of soil moisture if we begin to get excessive heat. Fungicide was applied to my food-grade corn this week. We will continue to scout my other corn to see if there is enough disease pressure to warrant spraying. My replant corn looks good -- if it just wasn't five weeks behind my other corn. Our 4-H fair is this week, so get out and support our local youth.
We had a couple of rainfall events last week. Early-season corn is about ready for fungicide application. I am going to apply it to my food grade corn. There is very little insect pressure in the cornfields. I have seen a few Japanese beetles, but not enough to be overly concerned.
Rainfall amounts of between 2 and 5 inches fell last week. This rain greatly improved our crop conditions. More and more cornfields are tasseling, but growth stages are so far apart it may two or more weeks for fields to be fully tasseled.