In North Central Iowa and West Central Iowa, corn is as tall as V4. Some corn fields in West Central Iowa are at V5 stage. There is some corn replanting happening Clarion, Eagle Grove and Humboldt in North Central Iowa.
Soybean planting is done throughout both regions with some beans as tall as stage V2 second node. Some of the later planted beans are lying in dry dirt and could use some moisture. Some beans that were planted before the heavy rains need more rain to break up the crust of dirt and help soybeans emerge. Some farmers planted a little too deep, which is also making it more difficult for the seedlings to emerge. Remember to check planter depth often – even within the same field – so soybean seed doesn’t get planted deeper than 1.5 inches.
North Central Iowa will be done planting corn today and soybeans by the weekend. Corn stages range from newly planted to V2 second leaf. Farmers are hitting it hard this week, and many soybeans are going in the ground. Some soybeans have emerged already.
West Central Iowa is done planting corn. Corn stages are ranging from just planted to V2 second leaf. By the end of the week, soybeans should be planted. Soybeans are being planted to VC cotyledon stage. Remember, be checking your fields for insect damage – especially if you planted soybeans without Latham® SoyShield Plus. Soyshield Plus provides early season control of seed corn maggot, wireworm, and over wintering bean leaf beetle, as well as up to 50 days control of soybean aphid. Without the seed-applied insecticide, your soybeans will be like a big candy bar for certain insects!
It was another wet weekend in West Central Iowa. The Humboldt area received 1.2” inches of rain over the weekend. Many local farmers are hoping to get back into the fields today and the forecast looks promising. With dry weather, all of the corn acres will be planted by the week’s end.
About 85% of the corn is planted here and 20% of the soybean acres. If you’re one of the first farmers to plant soybeans, remember to protect them with a good seed applied fungicide and insecticide. Cool soil conditions result in slower root development, which means there is a longer time for the insects and soil-borne pathogens to attack young plants. Insects tend to do the most damage to the first planted fields.
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