It’s no wonder that the four fields we’re watching “From the Field” are facing similar challenges this season since drought is affecting 29 contiguous states this growing season. Given the lack of moisture combined with extremely high temperatures, these fields are holding together quite well. Click below to see how fields are doing in the following locations:
Ryan Higgins’ plot near Grand Junction, Iowa, received around .8” of rain this past week. In spite of the lack of moisture this season, the plot looks goods. There is very little weed and disease pressure at this point. Corn is at R2 stage and doesn’t appear to have had any issues with pollen shed. The soybeans are R2 stage and have reached canopy. LH 5877 VT3 PRO looks great and continues to be a Latham superstar.
The plots in Grand Junction were planted relatively early compared to other crops in the surrounding area. In scouting the fields, there is not a great amount of insect or disease pressure at this point. Earlier on, the corn showed signs of rootless corn syndrome, however, now the corn is well rooted. The corn is around the V12 stage and has pretty much canopied. The beans are at V3-V4 stage and have some weed pressure, but this field was recently sprayed to remedy this problem. Rainfall has been spotty with minimal amounts of rain being picked up in the past month. Some much needed rain was received Friday, June 15