Another week of rains and storms blanketed the area. Progress was slowed to a snail’s pace as fields stay extremely wet. Corn planting is all but complete with herbicide applications waiting to follow. Side-dressing nitrogen could be a problem if fields don’t dry up this week. Ponding and flooding damage is widespread with some issues with stands and possible replant decisions having to be made soon.
The report on soybean planting is much the same as last week. Some activity took place over the weekend, so soybean growers in this area are about half done now. Producers are moving ahead with current maturities for another week before looking for earlier options.
As these fields dry out, be sure to scout. There is time to replant areas of fields that have been affected by heavy rains. It sounds like the long-range forecast calls for favorable conditions later in the week, so we’ll have a window to complete planting and move ahead with other field work.
Heavy rains pounded our region again over the last week. Some areas received 4 to 5 inches with more predicted the next few days. Planting has halted in most areas until drier conditions move in. Corn is all but complete with 95% planted. Emergence and stands looked very good last week, but now will have to be scouted for flood and ponding damage.
Soybean planting continues with about 50-60% planted at this time. Early planted soybeans look very good, but we will now have to address replant issues on some acres. I’ve received questions on when to switch to an earlier soybean. I recommend staying with your current soybeans until June 20. The yield potential is still high and we should benefit from the soybeans originally selected for these fields.
Latham Regional Sales Manager, Nick Coleman, delivers another update on crop progress in Central Iowa. Tune into the video for today’s full report.
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