Tune in weekly to KICD AM 1240 radio for my weekly From the Field radio updates. Here’s a clip from my latest spot.
Our area was blessed with another 4 tenths of an inch of rain in the past week. Corn is 85% dented with some almost near black layer. The crop is looking good on ground where there’s good soil and high fertility; corn on light ground is being chopped this week for silage. Soybeans are in the R5 to R6 stage and are staying green. Soybeans are blooming on top, so rain now will help fill in those top blooms.
Soybeans have reached the R4 to R6 stages of development and are looking excellent after the .5” to 2” of rain the area received over the weekend.
Corn fields are also progressing quickly with 40 to 50% of fields reaching dent stage. All other fields are in the hard milk stage. Northwest Iowa will reach black layer around the 1st of September and we will be harvesting in late September at current rates of growth.
On the alfalfa front, few have put up a forth crop at this stage, but with recent rains growth could take off and reach that fourth cutting as many growers are hoping for.