On our home farm we have only gotten about a half-inch but there was a downpour on one of our eastern farms. I think it really just depends on which little black rain cloud you get underneath.
We were needing this rain, not desperately, but the corn was starting to fire up and show some drought stress. Even here at the home farm where we only got a half-inch, the crops really responded to the rain. It would certainly help if we could get another half inch here in the next couple of days. Time will tell.
Our first planted fields are well into the blister stage. The last planted corn has pollinated and it looks like it went through fine from what we can tell. There were enough cool nights and the pollination seemed to go OK even though we were concerned with the hot weather.
Beans are moving along. We just got done chasing the last weeds and getting things cleaned up. On our seed beans, we sprayed insecticide and fungicide on all of them to protect bean quality. We just finished that up the end of last week.
The insect populations were definitely coming up. If they weren’t seed beans, though, I don’t know that they would be up to threshold. We’re looking for western bean cutworm in the corn and haven’t really found anything. We are keeping an eye out for that because flight numbers are up.
There is a fair amount of fungicide going on out here. There is gray leaf spot on the lower leaves of the corn, but not really to threshold levels. In some of these fields where you are trying to push yield, fungicide is probably worthwhile to keep that plant clean through the growing season. In the beans we are seeing a little more frogeye, again not to a threshold level in the fields we are in. But depending on the variety, frogeye is present out in the fields. You’ll see it in the corner of the fields or at a bend in the creek. Where there is less air flow, the amount of frogeye will go up. And there is a large difference between the resistant and susceptible varieties out there.
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