We need more rain in most areas as precipitation amounts have been very light in some locations. I hear some reports of local farms receiving an inch or better at the end of last week, which will help in the short term. Other areas showing stress from the drought conditions will need weekly rains in coming months just to keep the corn going through this critical stage of development. Uneven emergence and missing plants continue to be a problem in the dry areas. Soybean growth seems to have stalled on the really dry acres. Spraying continues as controlling the hard to kill weeds has been a huge challenge. Insect and disease pressure remains low for now, but we need to keep a close eye out and continue to scout.
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