Much needed rain fell throughout the region last week. Overall, corn looks pretty good in most areas and progressing nicely. I had some reports of Black Cutworm infestations in a few areas, but it looks like we’re past the critical time and growth stage. Some replanting was done in areas due to ground conditions and/or poor stands. Dry conditions caused some root development issues along with wind damage has also been a concern. We’re starting to see signs of Rootless Corn Syndrome, which can result from dry surface soils, shallow planting depths, sidewall compaction and cloddy soils.
Soybean stands continue to be a concern in some areas. Dry field conditions have caused some very uneven emergence, but hopefully weekend rains will help. This week producers should evaluate and look at final stands. We have a lot of time and seed supply to plant in poor spots and even replant if needed.