At least I think its August, 6 degrees yesterday morning, yikes my folliclely challenged head needed a toque. But it must be August because this little cutie just turned 4!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRACE!
I have been out looking at a lot of crops the past couple of days and wanted to give an update on what I saw and have heard growers talking about. Perennial ryegrass harvest is getting underway and winter wheat should not be too far behind.
The canola “lean” is back and its awful nice to see. This cool weather has been tremendous for canola flowering and pod fill. I have been raving about 46H75 our Clearfield Canola and I am not about to stop it looks fantastic. Here is a photo of a field north of Starbuck.
Be sure to ask how this beauty performed this fall. If it does as well as it looks you will want this hybrid on your farm in 2014. Some growers have been spraying for grasshoppers. Swathing early canola should start in 7-10 days.
This cool weather has slowed down soybeans a bit. That being said the crop is podding well. Again some growers have been spraying grasshoppers, I have seen very few aphids but we should continue to scout. I have been watching fields that were planted into heavy trash all year and while they have greened up and look much better but they are still behind and shorter than other fields although they seem to be developing the same number of pods as the taller beans, it will be interesting to see the final results this fall. Speaking of tall soybeans this is a picture taken Friday in my brother Brad’s 900Y61.
I showed this photo to a few people and they all said I should get off my knees! I like to have taller soybeans because they look good and it can make them easier to harvest but there can be a point were too tall can be a problem, so I am glad the majority of this field was not over my waist like this for a few reasons, last year growers were having some real challenges harvesting very tall soybeans, luckily 900Y61’s have good white mold tolerance but having fields this lush and with favorable weather conditions it could lead to some white mold issues and lastly soybean trash can be hard to manage especially if harvest is late.
The top picture is of a field of 900Y71’s west of Brunkild and the bottom from a field south of Oak Bluff.
We have two new very early soybeans P001T34R which is in the 001RM maturity group and P002T04R which is in the 002RM group. This is a picture taken 7 days ago of P002T04R you can see it how well it has developed to that point.
Again this picture was taken a week ago.
You can see these two varieties along with some new experimentals in my soybean plot which is located on old La Salle Rd. between McGillivary Blvd and the Perimeter Hwy. We will be having a plot tour in September so we can see maturity differences in the varieties, so be on the look out for the announcement of that tour date.
Some other things I have seen and heard about in soybeans this year.
This is a photo of a plant wilting because of Phytophthora root rot in one of the varieties in my soybean plot. I have seen this disease the last few years and it is found mainly in fields that have had waterlogged or saturated soils, which is not uncommon in our heavy clay soils. This disease can affect the plant at any stage but very noticeable later in the season when large plants are dying off. 900Y61 and 900Y71’s do have multi race Phytophthora resistance that doesn’t mean they are bullet proof from this disease as there are many different races found in our soil but it does give you a much better field tolerance against this increasing problem. In talking to growers and from what I have seen this year one of our main challenges in soybean production going forward may end up being root rot issues. I think our heavy clay soils make seedling and root diseases more prevalent. I have also seen some Bacterial Blight which looks like this and have heard it is around other areas as well.
It is not shocking that we might see some of this it favors cool rainy weather and shows up after rainstorms with high winds. Fortunately I have seen very little of it and higher temperatures will halt the disease development so another reason we need to get back to some typical Gold Bond August temps! Generally soybeans look great this year lets hope they finish off great.
Corn is moving along nicely but just like soybeans it would be great to get a warm stretch through August. I was checking some corn fields yesterday and found this in a field of P7443R north of Starbuck.
Classic “shot hole” damage from corn borer and on further inspection of the plant I found this little guy.
I found a few in one area but none in a couple other spots I checked. I have not seen much corn borer damage in the corn fields I have checked but corn growers should still be out monitoring fields. Look for the shot holes on the leaves or broken tassels like this picture which was taken in the same field as above.
I was looking for some common smut so I could show you what it looked like and it was tough to find but I ended up finding it in a competitor field (some varieties are more susceptible to this disease than others we have varieties that are susceptible and I have no idea what variety of the pictured corn is it just so happened that’s where I found it) this is what it looks like.
Like I said corn is moving along nicely it is either flowering or in most cases pollination is complete. Some pictures of corn in the area.
This is a field of 39D95 west of Oak Bluff
Field of 39D97 west of Starbuck
This is a field south of Oak Bluff that has P7213R, P7443R and a competitor all in the same field. Here is a picture of the maturity difference in competitor and P7443R.
P7443R on the left and competitor on the right, will be interesting this fall when we bring weigh wagon out.
We have a new BT corn out this year P7632HR I have a few growers trying it out this year. It was a little slower out of the ground than P7443R but has come along nicely as of late and is in full tassel and silking. Here is a picture of a field near Fannystelle.
This hybrid should be a really good fit for our area, providing excellent yield potential with BT protection. Be sure to ask how this hybrid performs this fall it maybe a good fit for your farm in 2014. We will be having a corn plot tour in September so be on the look out for that announcement coming in the next few weeks.
So that about covers some of the things going on out in the fields, everything is looking good and providing we get some heat in the next few weeks we should be in for a very good harvest. If you are seeing anything that you want to share or have a concern about please feel free to contact me. Hope you are having a great long weekend.