We’ve continued to get rain. The corn I think is wrapped up. My two big questions now are: how good will the yield be and will the amount of diseases I have in my corn affect standability? I think without a doubt this corn crop is going to be big.
Everybody has been talking about how widespread the gray leaf spot and even the northern corn leaf blight is in this area. I talked with CPS and they have sprayed more acres than they ever have and the disease is still out there. We are deciding what we want to do about spraying our double-crop beans. Even our first soybean fields that were sprayed are still heavy with disease and the fields we chose not to spray where we did not have much pressure, disease has come on heavy in them too. It is just a year where we have tremendous disease pressure.
The last time we had a lot of Gibberella and Diplodia was a year with a lot of moisture late in the season when the ear was still upright. That is another concern moving forward with the corn crop. What kind of grain quality are we going to have after all of this rain?
We did not spray insecticide and there is a lot of bean leaf beetle out there. I am concerned about them getting into the pods and seeing some bean quality issues. Our first planted beans are starting to turn and that means we should be running in three to four weeks.
I still haven’t gotten third cutting hay made because there haven’t been four days of good sunshine. It is ready and we are hoping maybe after the Saturday rain this week we can get it cut. With all of the rain, we seeded some alfalfa and timothy hay. It is up and it looks great. The cover crops we planted after the wheat also look great.
I am sure pleased with everything. Other than the disease pressure we couldn’t have asked for a better summer than what we have gotten. And, from what I’ve seen, there are a lot of good crops in Ohio.