According to the USDA, NASS, Minnesota Field Office, the state’s corn crop is rated 77% fair to good – unchanged from last week. Soybeans are rated 81% in fair to good condition, compared to 80% last week.
In walking several corn plots, I would say the cooler weather has helped some with tip fill. The average corn stage at ¼ milk line. Some reports of Goss’s Wilt in the area have surfaced.
Moisture and cooler temps have set us up for a very good bean crop. Early- to mid-May planted soybeans are in the R 5 to R 6 stage. Aphid pressure has remained lower than normal but spider mite levels have been higher. As beans approach the R6 stage, signs of Brown Stem Rot and Sudden Death Syndrome will become increasing apparent. Watch beans fields now for any issues that may need to be managed the next time this field is planted to soybeans.
Congratulations to Dan Hesse of Lamberton, MN, for being our grand prize winner from Farmfest! Also remember to visit www.lathamseeds.com for more information about our company’s BIG 65th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Aug. 25. Register today for the 4th Annual Latham Freedom of Independence Ride and preview the outstanding schedule of speakers at the Latham Country Fair. We’d like to see you Saturday in Alexander, Iowa!